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1 Without Transit funding, everyone feels the impact Virginia Transportation Conference June 9, 2009

2 What is Advocacy? Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes — including public- policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions — that directly affect people’s current lives. Cohen, D., R. de la Vega, G. Watson Advocacy for social justice. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press Inc.

3 Background:  Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2009  Transportation team focus on improving mass transit in the Richmond region  Project evolved into action plan to increase awareness and support of transit  Result: develop viral video and website to sustain project beyond LMR

4 Objectives:  Create a network of transit advocates in the Richmond Region  Raise awareness by educating our community to the value of public transit to every person in the region  Influence the decision makers in the Richmond Region to make responsible decisions to expand public transit Goal: Make the Richmond Region aware of the contribution that expanded public transit can make in solving many of the problems facing the region in the immediate, near, and distant future.

5 Transit Funding  Current funding for transit in the Richmond region is not sustainable Advocacy Issues: Regional Transportation  GRTC is not a regional transit authority  The provision of transit is more a function of affordability to local jurisdictions rather than public demand for that service. Environment  The Richmond Region is NOT meeting federal air quality standards  Using public transit and other alternatives to the SOV are known to improve air quality

6  Your help is needed!  Work to enhance the awareness of public transit’s importance  Our challenges: affordable transportation, workforce access, traffic congestion, and environmental pollution, to name just a few.  These issues and challenges affect us all- whether you use the bus, or not Get Involved:

7 Our Partners:

8 You can make a difference! Help improve public transit in the Richmond region Join our cause by registering at:


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