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As cities struggle to undo the damage from decades of autocentric, sprawl-inducing policies, they often come up against state and federal transportation officials that insist on supporting a status quo that leads to more traffic congestion, more pollution, and less affordable options for everyone. On Capitol Hill, we come across many lawmakers who really get that transit and active transportation are an integral part of any discussion on climate change, mobility, housing, and equity. And then again – there are those who say the word “bicycle” like it’s the bogeyman.

When Streetsblog publishes a story congratulating a government official for standing up for good transportation policy – or when we call out a lawmaker who’s advocating a return to 1950s-era thinking on vehicle throughput – we hear about it from their offices, sometimes minutes after we hit “publish.” That’s how we know that Washington’s heavy hitters on transportation policy are reading what we write. They tell us they count on our reporting, and we know you do too.

With donations from readers like you, Streetsblog holds decision-makers accountable and keeps a national audience informed about the issues that matter to our cities, our transit systems, and our safety. But we can’t do it without your help.

Help us raise $25,000 between now and December 31st by making a $50, $100, or even $250 donation today. 

From tracking the ups and downs of the reauthorization process to telling the stories of local struggles for better transportation options and against highway expansions, no one connects the dots like Streetsblog.

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  • Pushing lawmakers to pass a transportation bill (not just another extension) that incorporates substantial policy reforms,
  • Investigating the financial and political interests behind highway-heavy policies at the federal, state, and local levels,
  • Analyzing national trends, like the decline in driving or the rise of bike-sharing, and what they mean for our cities and our nation’s transportation policy.

Some media outlets that deride (or ignore) livability initiatives rely on auto industry advertising to bring you the news. Streetsblog relies on your support. Make a tax-deductible year-end contribution today and help us bring you another year of news and commentary about the developments that shape our neighborhoods and our nation.

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Tanya Snyder
Editor, Streetsblog Capitol Hill


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