Friday, March 18, 2011

RSVP to 3/25 Congressional Listening Session on Transportation

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is coming back to King of Prussia (after being postponed due to budget votes late February) for a "listening session."  It is being hosted by Congressman Pat Meehan and will be held on Friday, March 25th at 3pm.  Details here.

The public is invited to attend and listen, but not to speak. 
These sessions are being held at the initiative of Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and will help formulate the House Committee's thinking behind the Transportation bill that they are likely to be writing this spring/summer.  This summary of a recent speech by Chairman John Mica gives you a flavor what is influencing him. Although the bicycling and walking community generally has been absent from the speakers' lists at these sessions, in many regions, advocates have worked to fill the audience seats and get their message out through.

The Bicycle Coalition will be there to make sure that the congressional representatives understand that trails and bikable/walkable streets are important components of the nation's transportation infrastructure and that Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding are must be retained and not cut back more than other transportation programs. 
We urge those of you who are available to come and show that there is substantial support in the region for active transportation infrastructure.  You must RSVP to attend the Friday session.

What:    U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Listening Session   
When: Friday, March 25, 3:00pm