To put clean transportation and other top priorities on the congressional agenda, PIRG advocates met with federal lawmakers and their aides from April 6-8 to make the case for a suite of transportation solutions.
Electric buses: Enacting legislation such as the Clean School Bus Act would provide critical funding for electric school buses.
Electric cars: Building a network of electric vehicle charging stations and expanding electric vehicle tax credits would speed up the transition to electric cars.
Walking, biking and transit: Shifting funding away from highway expansions and putting it toward projects that allow people to get around without driving would lower tailpipe emissions.
Since then, we’ve seen Congress take steps in the right direction. On May 26, a bipartisan transportation funding bill that includes $19 billion for climate-related projects cleared its first Senate hurdle. And on June 8, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga.) introduced legislation to provide $20 billion for local transit.