Advocacy Guide

ONE REGIONS. ONE VOICE. ONE FUTURE.

Working together to advocate for increased investment in transportation, Mobility 21 is a non-partisan coalition of public sector, business and community stakeholders pursuing regional solutions to the transportation challenges facing Southern California. Transportation won’t be successful until we have a strong grassroots lobbying force that includes the average citizen. You can make a difference. Join Mobility 21 in fighting for a stronger, more vibrant transportation system and a robust economy for the 21 million residents who call Southern California home.

TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION.

When Mobility 21 sends an action alert about a transportation issue that matters to you, respond to your representatives right away.

How to make your voice heard.

Visit the Mobility 21 website
Subscribe to our e-newsletter and action alerts on the home page.
When you receive an action alert, enter your name and address on the pre-written letter and click send

 

PICK UP THE PHONE

Your legislators want to represent their constituents and they need to hear from people like you who care about transportation. Visit the Take Action webpage and enter your zip code to find your representatives.

Sample Phone Call.

“Hello Congressman Smith, my name is John Doe and I’m your constituent. I’m calling to urge you to (support / oppose) XYZ bill because it (helps / hurts) our ability to fund transportation projects that keep our region moving.”

HELP! I’m trapped in an elevator with my legislator. What do I say?

Introduce yourself

“Hi, Senator. I’m Jane Doe, a member of Mobility 21, Southern California’s transportation advocacy coalition.”

Be Respectful, be brief

“I hope you will be supporting our efforts to increase funding for transportation this year.”

Be clear about what you want

“Your vote means thousands of good-paying jobs will be created and preserved in your district. A dear colleague letter from you would help us ensure that Southern California speaks with one voice on this issue.”

Thank him / her

“Thank you for your leadership on transportation-related issues.”


5 REASONS TRANSPORTATION FUNDING MATTERS TO YOU

CREATING JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

Improving our transportation network creates a wide variety of skilled public and private sector jobs. In fact, for every $1 billion invested in transportation infrastructure, 18,000 jobs are created. Add to that the workers needed to maintain and operate our highway and transit systems, and you have a significant economic engine for our region.

MOVING COMMERCE

A well-planned and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is a regional asset that attracts and retains businesses who employ workers. When good can flow and commuters spend less time sitting in gridlock, our economy prospers. A dedicated federal goods movement funding program is necessary to improve our aging infrastructure in order to keep up with the commerce demands of the nation.

ENHANCING SAFETY

A transportation system in good repair reduces accidents. Investments in new technologies like Positive Train Control will make traveling on our systems even safer. Fixing chokepoints and bottlenecks on our highways reduces the incidence of collisions. Pedestrian crossings that are well-lit and have adequate markings and signage protect our children.

CLEANING OUR ENVIRONMENT

Transit projects are essential to improving our air quality, meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets and protecting our water quality. Climate change or energy legislation without a provision for transit funding misses the mark. Legislation should include funding for the development of low emission technologies. A transition away from the gas tax toward an alternative user-free system is needed in the long-term to keep our roads and transit systems maintained.

IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE

The only way we will see transportation funding grow is for all transportation modes to work together. A system that can give motorists and transit riders options and integrates well together creates desirable and livable communities. Pedestrian and bicycle improvements are important, but so are highway expansions. We need all of the above to leave a better world for our kids. It’s all about more time spent living and less time spent sitting in traffic.