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Sept. 20 is Don’t X Out Public Transportation Day

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Public transit, riders, advocates and employees will join together for Don’t X Out Public Transportation Day on Sept. 20, 2011, to call on Congress to support public transportation by opposing proposed cuts of more than one third to federal transportation funding.

Riders, workers and supporters from across the nation will participate in this national rally day to send a message to Congress that this level of funding cuts is unacceptable and will have a drastic impact on the millions of Americans who rely on public transit every day.

A proposed 35 percent cut in federal funding for public transportation would lead to service delays, overcrowding, fare increases and cutbacks to the number of vehicles running, leading to longer wait times. These cuts would have a severe effect on the country’s ability to create and sustain jobs, further hampering efforts to stimulate and grow the national economy.

Don’t X Out Public Transportation Day is the combined effort of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, National Association of Public Transportation Advocates in Action (NAPTA), Reconnecting America, Transit Riders for Public Transportation, Transportation for America (T4), the Transportation Equity Network, Transportation Workers Union (TWU), Urban Habitat and transit systems and advocates across the country.

For more information and to learn about local events in communities across the country visit www.supporttransit.org.