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Rising Above the Transit Critic’s Mantra Jeremy Gunderson Program Associate Center For Transportation Excellence.

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1 Rising Above the Transit Critic’s Mantra Jeremy Gunderson Program Associate Center For Transportation Excellence

2 Topics What to Expect Who the Critics Are What the Critics Represent Impact Critics Have Approaches/Responses Resources

3 What to Expect From the Critics Local and National Scrutiny Their Mission: Create Doubt Compartmentalization of Statistics Strategic Oversimplification Persistence

4 Who the Critics Are Hired Guns – Wendell Cox – Sam Staley – Randal O’Toole – Robert Poole Political Opponents of Your Champion Those adversely affected by proposal

5 What the Critics Represent Anti-tax Anti-government Conservative Think Tanks Road Builders/Highway Lobby Proponents of Privacy (fear of crime, etc.)

6 How to Approach A Critic Duplicate the Medium Letters to the Editor Web-based education Targeted Door-to-Door Community Meetings Debates Speakers Bureau

7 Strategies Remove Ambiguity (ex: Speakers Bureau) Be persistent in showing need for investment Exemplify Good Stewardship of Public Funds (ex: Tri-met Efficiency Study) Use the private sector as a “charismatic” voice Use the transit agency as a “technical” voice

8 Strategies…. Hire your own “Gun” If you can’t beat ‘em, include them (ex: Change the route)

9 Resources CFTE Website (www.cfte.org) Common Critical Arguments with Point- by-Point Refutation Useful Factoids Critic Identification

10 Resources….. Your Local Transit Agency APTA (www.apta.com) PT 2 (www.publictransportation.org) Worldwide Transit Cabal (www.transitcabal.org) Surface Transportation Policy Project (www.transact.org)

11 Learn From Other Local Coalitions Transit Alliance (www.transitalliance.org) Friends of Transit (www.friendsoftransit.org) CFSTS (www.savetucson.org) Transit Coaliton (www.transitcoalition.org) Regional Transit Alliance (www.kctransit.org) Gulf Coast Institute (www.livablehouston.org)

12 Final Note…. Jeremy Gunderson


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