Advocacy Day at the Capitol with Transportation for Michigan!

Twice a year, Transportation for Michigan organizes Advocacy Day at the Capitol to educate legislators on key policy issues related to transportation.  The day brings together State Representatives, Senators, advocates, and people who feel passionately about transportation’s ability to have more positive effects on our lives, to discuss the future of Michigan’s transportation system.  The agenda seeks to encourage our legislators to embrace transportation alternatives and support a comprehensive, multi-modal transit system that works for everyone.  Transportation decisions affect every Michigander’s life, and it is important for us to get involved in opportunities to advocate with one, strong voice.

Head to Trans4M’s website to see their Top 10 Reasons to Attend Advocacy Day.

The event is free and open to anyone – bring your friends and fellow advocates!

More on Advocacy Day from Trans4M’s Website:

Trans4Mers will educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a 21st century transportation network.  Whether you enjoy biking or walking on Michigan’s trail network, cruising along on Amtrak passenger trains, riding your local public transit system, or dream of the day you can travel using high-speed rail, bus rapid transit, or streetcars – Trans4M Advocacy Day is for you!

This is our opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance Michigan’s transportation infrastructure. We hope you will join us in bringing our important message to the Michigan Legislature. Our host location for the day will be at the Michigan Municipal League (208 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI).

This year’s advocacy agenda includes:

Vulnerable User Safety Legislation: Trans4M requests that the Governor and Michigan Legislature establish vulnerable roadway user protections through adopting standards that create enhanced penalties for drivers who injure or kill bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users.

Performance Measures for Transportation Funding: Trans4M requests that the Governor and Michigan Legislature support merit-based transportation infrastructure through support of a bill to create performance measures to be used when prioritizing and funding transportation projects.

This year’s policy priorities are:

Metro Detroit Regional Transit
Michigan by Rail
Land Use and Transportation Planning
Performance Measures for Transportation Funding
Shared MI Roads

Preparation: 
If you have never communicated with policy makers before, don’t worry. No prior experience is needed to participate in Advocacy Day. We’ll make sure that you are comfortable with the issue priorities and that you get up to speed quickly. Take some time to read over our Advocacy Day Primer.  We will also provide you additional guidance and walk you through the “asks” on the day of the event.

Join Trans4M for a preview conference call to learn more about the issues and prepare, scheduled for Monday, Nov.11 from 6-7PM at (517)999-0409 code 497786#.

Registration: 
Please register ASAP so we have ample time to pre-arrange meetings with both your State Representative and Senator. There is no cost to attend this event.

Transportation for Michigan is a statewide coalition working to create a stronger Michigan through transportation policy reform that will revitalize Michigan’s cities and towns, reconnect its people to opportunity, and spark a healthier economy.  Following Trans4M is a great way to keep up to date on current transportation issues and find opportunities to get involved.

Looking Forward!