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VPT Votes: Making Public Transportation Part of the Elections

The elections are already heating up, and the results of Super Tuesday and the primaries and caucuses that occur over the next 12 weeks will make or break the remaining candidates. Will you vote in your state’s primary or caucus?

Public transportation helps many people participate in elections. For people with disabilities, older Americans, and those without access to cars, public transit provides mobility—to reach services, shopping, and—yes!—voting.

Given that all of us need to get around, public transportation—and transportation in general—should be an election issue. Are you hearing candidates talking about transportation issues?

Make Your Voice Heard in Your Community

During the election season, there are many opportunities to draw attention to public transportation.

At the state and especially the local levels, transportation is often a central issue. Even if attention is focused on road improvements or bridge building, you can weigh in with support for public transportation—after all, buses share roads and bridges with cars and trucks, and trains often have to cross roads and bridges.

Here are a few ideas for showing your support for public transportation during the election:

  • Write. In the coming months, local papers will publish a flood of letters to the editor about election issues. They want to hear community voices. Send letters to your local papers highlighting the importance of public transportation and asking where candidates stand on transportation issues.
  • Speak Up. From town halls to neighborhood association meetings to house parties, you’ll have a chance to hear from candidates for office and community leaders. Attend events and let others know that public transportation is a priority issue for you. During Q&A sessions, ask questions about public transportation.
  • Get Social. Use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networks to voice your support for public transit. Your posts can be as simple as saying, “I’m casting my vote with public transportation in mind.” Remember that social media posts earn more attention if you include a photo or graphic.
  • Learn. Brush up on where the candidates stand on key issues—including public transportation—important to you. Vote Smart, Independent Voter Network, On the Issues, and ProCon.org are just a few great places to start.
  • Volunteer. You might consider volunteering for a single candidate, a political party, or a community organization. As a volunteer, you may not be setting the agenda, but you’ll be able to share your views and bring greater attention to public transportation.

Election Reminders

Every election year, people miss deadlines or don’t make it to the polls. If you haven’t registered to vote or updated your registration (e.g., if you have a new address), do it now! If you want to vote by absentee ballot, submit your request now. Here are some good online resources:

Even if you don’t volunteer for a campaign, write letters to the editor, post on social media, or attend election events, you should absolutely vote—and please vote with public transportation top of mind.