On April 9, 2015 – Stand Up for Transportation Day – a powerful message was sent to Congress: It’s time for a long-term investment in our roads, bridges and public transportation! More than 150 events were held across the country to advocate for sustainable and reliable federal transportation funding before current funding expires on May 31, 2015.
Guest speaker Congressman David Young gave a brief talk on federal transportation issues and panel members discussed how transportation infrastructure and the need for long-term funding affects their company, their employees and Greater Des Moines.
Congressman David Young
Ben McLean, Ruan Transportation
John Cinealis, The Toro Company
Jake Christensen, Christensen Development
Larry James Jr., Faegre Baker Daniels
Open Street Event
Attendees could grab lunch from local food trucks, sign a DART bus in support and speak with local organizations about the importance of transportation.
We can’t sit down yet!
Deadline is May 31, 2015 when federal transportation funding expires. We’ll continue to urge Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill for our roads, bridges and public transportation.
You can still show your support! Sign the petition at StandUp4Transportation.org.
Legislative Background and Timeline
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21) was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012 and funded surface transportation programs through FY 2013 and 2014. When MAP 21 expired in 2014, Congress passed extensions that now expire on May 31, 2015.
The goal of Stand Up for Transportation Day is to convince Congress to pass a long-term funding bill after the expiration of Map 21 on May 31. A long-term investment in transportation is needed to repair and rebuild our current systems, as well as prepare for increasing use of the road and public transportation.
- Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
- Greater Des Moines Partnership
- Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Urban Land Institute
- Snyder & Associates
- McClure Engineering