Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Streetsblog.net

NC Head: Transit “Essential to Our Economic Success”

In the lull following a tumultuous election season, we've been keeping an eye on how the new political appointments shake out and what they mean for transit, walking, and biking. With the balance of power in Washington remaining split, it's been a bit of a mixed bag.

While the strongest transit supporters in the House of Representatives remain in the minority, one of them apparently occupies a key post within the Democratic Party. Today our friends at Transit Miami point to an encouraging speech from Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida), who was recently reappointed to head the Democratic National Committee. Transit Miami blogger and occasional Streetsblog contributor Kathryn Moore had this to say:

Just as the President was making this announcement, Gabriel Lopez-Bernal (founder of TM and now of TranSystems) and I were listening to a promising speech by the Congresswoman at the annual meeting of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, (the non-profit leadership behind the Sun Trolley). [Wasserman-Schultz] told a packed house of transportation officials, private consultants, lobbyists and parking policy wonks that public transit is not only at the center of national policy now, but it “is essential to our economic success.”

Wasserman-Schultz has been integral to the success of City of Fort Lauderdale in securing $18 million in TIGER grant money for ‘the Wave.’ She remarked that everyone should see what the streetcar has down for Portland, Oregon because that is what we should expect for Broward. The fiscal cliff and election cycles have left most of Washington, D.C. silent on the critical needs of our nation’s infrastructure, but Wasserman-Schultz named local bridges in need of repair and livable communities as priorities when she returns to the House Appropriations Committee next term. “We must increase our investment in public transit NOW,” she said.

Elsewhere on the Network today: Baltimore Spokes explains how some proposed legislation in Washington, D.C., would give cyclists greater civil recourse in the event of minor injuries caused by a collision. Urban Milwaukee explains how state tax law undermines Wisconsin's cities. And Baltimore Velo displays plans for a "bike beltway" in the town of Towson.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Wednesday’s Headlines

How should we react to public indifference about the danger cars pose to society? Perhaps a sitcom has something to teach us.

July 24, 2024

Opinion: Is Kamala Harris ‘The Climate President We’ve Been Waiting For’?

Kamala Harris fought hard for a better transportation plan in the San Diego region despite big political risks. If elected president, will she do the same for the country?

July 24, 2024

America is Setting Micromobility Records — But That Boom Could Go Bust Without Public Funding

Shared bike and scooter trips soared 20 percent in a single year. So why are so many U.S. systems shutting down — and what will it take to keep the revolution rolling?

July 24, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines Are Running Hard

More political news: Today's top stories delve into Kamala Harris' record on climate change and Republicans' plans for the Trump administration if he returns to power.

July 23, 2024

Disabled NYer’s are Victims of Gov. Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Pause

So many New Yorkers can’t use the closest subway station to their homes because they don't have an elevator. And Gov. Hochul just halted funding for 23 new lifts.

July 23, 2024
See all posts