A paradigm shift in transportation has begun in Texas. To harness its full potential, we must facilitate a massive mode shift to walking, biking, and transit. This will require success on multiple fronts: Locally, transit planning and advocacy must focus on connecting the most people, jobs, and schools with frequent, quality service. Regionally, planning must incorporate the potential for radical shifts in transit access, including transit-supportive growth.
State transportation funding must be reformed to include direct transit funding for our large metro areas. Additionally, the Texas legislature needs to craft laws to allow Local Option Taxes to develop free market-based regional taxation schemes to fund transit and walkability. As a long term goal, we believe that the majority of state transportation funding should be available to be used for all modes, with allocations based upon ability to achieve broad goals, performance metrics, and inclusive, regional planning processes.
As part of a comprehensive push for better transit planning and more transit funding, we are working to strengthen a statewide network of transit advocates in order to better impact and inform legislation, beginning with the next Texas legislative session in the Spring of 2019: That means we must start building these coalitions now. This includes training local transit advocates with candidate briefings and questionnaires, building coalitions with business, community and nonprofits groups–and finally, providing for direct advocacy work during the session itself.
Tickets available for events across the state
Austin: Wed, June 6, 5:30-9pm. Google Fiber, 201 Colorado. Tickets
San Antonio: Sat, June 16, 9am-1pm. Urban-15, 2500 S Presa. Tickets
Taylor: Sat, June 23, 11am-5pm. Black Sparrow Music Parlor. Tickets
Houston: Sun, June 24, 2-5pm. MATCH, 3400 S Main St. Tickets
Dallas: Sat, June 30, 11am-3pm. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Tickets
These events are free and open to the public but have registration is required due to limited seating. Food and refreshments will be provided as appropriate for the time of each event.
Thanks to a grant from the American Public Transportation Association, Farm&City is holding a series of events across the state of Texas to train regular people, community groups, and local elected officials to effectively advocate for better transit and more transit funding across the state.