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A message for transportation advocates

We recorded the above message for advocates with Dan Johnson-Weinberger, a lobbyist for the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, at their annual meeting over the weekend. Dan’s message is basically to keep it local by talking to your local elected officials first (mayor, council, aldermen), then having them talk to their state and federal counterparts.

While Sens. Bond or Brownback may not take a personal call from you, they will take one from your mayor.

Feel free to pass the message on to others.

A perfect example of this groundswell is the recent success in Kansas. Bipartisan majorities supported a bill that enables (but does not fund) state-sponsored passenger rail service in the state… something that, until recently, was widely touted as forbidden by the state’s constitution. Grassroots advocates sought resolutions of support from every city council along the proposed route, encouraging their legislators to act.

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  1. Max March 29th, 2010 2:32 pm

    Amen. This is particularly relevant in Kansas where I believe the elected officials are well behind the people in their acceptance of mass transit.

    The lower the level of government, the more likely you will be heard. Your local state legislators is very likely to read any letter or email you send. Not only that but I have actually gotten responses from many of them. So make your voice heard!

  2. Dan Johnson-Weinberger March 31st, 2010 2:11 pm

    Thanks for shooting and posting this video. Congratulations on your bill in Kansas….and let’s keep pushing for $4 billion for high speed rail in the FY2011 budget!