Promote Innovative Public Financing for Transit Investments

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villagairosa was in D.C. Wednesday, along with the heads of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO—two groups that don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on most things—to promote an innovative local-federal financing plan that would allow communities to build new transit infrastructure much faster than usual—say, 10 years instead of 30. In a recent essay about rising gas prices and what we need to do to protect ourselves, our economy and the planet, CNT’s president Scott Bernstein pointed to Mayor Villagairosa’s plan as a long-term strategy we need to pursue.

In that same essay, he laid out several short-term strategies that are ready to go right now to avoid pain at the pump this summer and into the future. Read the full article here.