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September 10, 2021

Bourdeaux, Georgia Delegation Introduce Historic Transit Expansion Legislation

 WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) joined colleagues to introduce the Public Transportation Expansion Act. This legislation would fund the construction of public transportation projects, specifically connecting affordable housing with transit networks in order to serve riders and commuters in low-income communities. Congresswoman Bourdeaux introduced this legislation with Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), and Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04). U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Catherine Cortzen Masto (D-NV).

“Inadequate public transportation hurts communities and hurts our economy. As our cities grow and congestion increases, it is more critical than ever to have public transportation alternatives that work for everyone,” said Rep. Bourdeaux. “I am proud to join Senator Ossoff in introducing this legislation. Strengthening our economy, addressing climate change, and futurefitting our communities depend on making historic investments like this in our nation’s transit infrastructure.”

“I am championing historic transit investments in the reconciliation bill because mobility is essential for opportunity, health, and quality of life — especially in communities that have been historically neglected. This legislation will build public transportation to serve residents in Georgia’s low-income neighborhoods, connecting affordable housing with health care, education, and employment centers while protecting our environment by reducing air pollution,” Senator Ossoff said 

“For many Georgians, physical mobility means social mobility. Hardworking families, from Albany to Augusta, stand to benefit from this additional transit funding that will help to connect students to their classrooms, patients to their health care facilities, and workers to their places of employment,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “I am proud to support this legislation to ensure all Georgia riders and commuters have access to the transportation options they need to thrive.”

“When we understand that mobility is essential to freedom – to control your own destiny – we understand that investing in transit in places that have historically been underserved is an investment in people,” said Rep. Hank Johnson, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “I’m pleased to introduce the companion legislation of the Public Transportation Expansion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to invest in a new, one-of-a-kind program that will connect affordable housing with transit options so people can access health care, education and employment opportunities. I thank Sens. Ossoff and Warnock for their leadership in understanding mobility is essential for opportunity, health, and quality of life.”

Connected communities are thriving communities,” Rep. Nikema Williams said. “For too long, Black, Brown, and low-income communities have been left behind in transit expansion. I’m fighting for these historic, intentional investments because it’s more than a bus route or train. This legislation is a direct line to economic opportunity for everyone, no matter your ZIP Code or your bank account.” 

“To address the affordable housing crisis we must invest in accessible public transportation that will work to provide Nevadans a reliable and safe way to get to work and school,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I have long pushed for federal dollars to help connect our communities so that everyone can get to their jobs, access health care, and pick up groceries, no matter where they live. This legislation will enhance our mobility and it will improve the quality of life for families across the state.”

The Public Transportation Expansion Act would create a federal grant program to fund public transportation expansion, serving low-income communities and connect affordable housing with transit networks. The bill would also allow large transit operators to use federal funds for operating expenses for the first time in decades.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux has been an outspoken advocate for connecting communities with public transportation, allowing everyone, regardless of their zip code, access to opportunity. Through her FutureFit the Suburbs agenda, and work on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congresswoman Bourdeaux has prioritized transportation projects centered around equity. 

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.  

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford