Raskin Urges Support for Public Transportation Agencies and their Workforce During Coronavirus Pandemic
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Jesύs “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Gwen Moore (WI-04) and 50 Members of Congress in urging Congressional leadership to support public transportation agencies, including their workers, in any future stimulus packages to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“Many working families in my district and across the country rely on public transit to get where they need to go. But during the COVID-19 health emergency, public transit agencies are feeling the squeeze and struggling to operate with reduced ridership and revenue, ” said Rep. García. “Transit agencies like CTA, Pace Bus, and Metra in Chicago still need funds to continue running and to retain personnel. I am urging House and Senate Leadership to provide robust relief for public transportation agencies in the next stimulus package to protect our communities’ access to transit options and to support our transit workers.
“Many Americans are staying in their homes to follow guidance by public health officials to keep our communities safe. This is taking a toll on our overall economy, but will particularly impact our public transportation systems, which have lost ridership and farebox revenues” said Rep. Moore. “Reliable transportation options are a must for any economy and we need to work to ensure that our public transit systems remain viable. I am so proud to join Rep. Chuy Garcia in calling for critical funding to support our public transit agencies and their workers through these trying times.”
The text of the letter is below, and you can find a signed copy of the letter here.