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Saturday, July 17, 12noon-3pm, Ohio Statehouse

In February, Sunrise Columbus and Sunrise hubs across Ohio launched a campaign for transit justice. We delivered over 100 letters to Senator Sherrod Brown, who, as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, is uniquely positioned to impact transit in our country. We demand that Senator Brown champion public transit and secure federal funding for expanded, accessible, and green public transit.

Why should you care about public transit?

Transit is an economic engine. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. rely on public transit to get to work every day, while every dollar invested in transit offers a five-to-one return. Ohio alone boasts over 200 manufacturers in the transit vehicle supply chain, and over 10,000 essential transit workers.

Transit is a civil right. Investing in public transit is an investment in racial justice. Sixty percent of transit riders are people of color. Yet over the past several decades, the federal investment in transportation has consistently neglected public transit.

Transit is a climate imperative. Over 28 percent of greenhouse gases in the U.S. come from transportation, making it the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Good public transit could drastically reduce these emissions. Additionally, transitioning from diesel to electric buses will reduce harmful air pollution, preventing respiratory diseases and other health effects.

We demand that our government invests in us, and in our communities! So we’re taking to the streets to make sure that our voices are heard loud and clear. Join us!

Our future is non-negotiable. Green transit for all!


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