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The Congressional Black Caucus made a historic visit to Boston last weekend to address the country’s systemic inequality and economic injustice. A press conference held Friday at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute commenced the “State of Black America” series, where various elected officials acknowledged America’s continuing racial disparities and advocated for progressive reforms.
WASHINGTON –Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congressman Stephen Lynch (MA-08) and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $20 million “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)” grant to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). This federal funding will help Massport expand its volume capacity by 100,000 containers at the Conley Container Terminal, as well as construct a new Cypher-E freight corridor in South Boston.
The need to reinvest in the country’s transportation infrastructure has been a simmering issue for years on Capitol Hill. Advocates say federal funding for highways and public transit has lagged for decades, leading to an increasingly obsolete and inefficient network.
However, according to Rep. Ayanna Pressley, the solution isn’t just about increasing spending, but where that money is spent.
“Transportation literally affects everything,” Pressley told Boston.com in an interview. “It’s ultimately just a social justice issue.”
A plan to reprioritize federal transportation spending was introduced by members of Congress today after recent reports that show an alarming rise in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on the nation’s roadways.
The Vision Zero Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Vern Buchanan, and Ayanna Pressley, would make federal transportation funding available for communities to implement Vision Zero programs by redesigning streets to eliminate pedestrian deaths and accommodate multiple modes of transportation.
For years, transportation systems in the Massachusetts 7th congressional district and across the country have perpetuated disparities - forcing many of our low-income neighbors to pay more, endure long commutes, and lose pay and family time. With our current transportation infrastructure entrenched as one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, it is critical that we support multi-modal transportation options like cycling, rapid speed transit, and walking.
WASHINGTON – In an op-ed published today in the Boston Globe, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Boston At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, and LivableStreets Alliance Executive Director Stacy Thompson highlight the need to promote bold transportation policies that prioritize maintenance, connect people to jobs and services, and design our transportation infrastructure for safety over the expansion of new, c
Drawing on longstanding issues of equitable access to public transit in her district, U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts joined federal lawmakers on Thursday to launch a new caucus designed to tackle obstacles to reliable public transportation facing less prosperous communities around the country.
In her speech, Pressley focused on neighborhoods in her home district, particularly along the MBTA’s Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, including Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) launched the Future of Transportation Caucus, which will be dedicated to creating a vision for the future of our transportation system that emphasizes equity, access, and sustainability.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley announced Saturday a new caucus that will be formed on Capitol Hill, which aims to address the future of transportation.
WBZ NewsRadio’s Jim MacKay spoke with Congresswoman Pressley at a Town Hall event in Randolph, Mass. on Saturday about the caucus.
Pressley is co-creating the caucus with Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jesus Garcia (D-Ill.). It is set to focus on mass transit across the country, including how federal money is allocated.