President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to building a strong, safe transportation system during his address to a joint session of Congress Thursday, during which he unveiled the American Jobs Act. The bill would include $50 billion for investments in transportation infrastructure, among other important measures to improve the nation’s transportation system.
Earlier this month, the president joined public health advocates, transportation officials, members of the Chamber of Commerce and union leaders to call on Congress to swiftly pass key transportation bills that expire this month. APHA, a steadfast advocate of smart, accessible transportation options, was invited to the Rose Garden event and had a front row seat.
Unfortunately, transportation enhancements that support bike and pedestrian pathways are under attack in the bills being considered by Congress.
Transportation policies can lead to increased risk of asthma, obesity, cancer, mental health disorders and heart disease. These effects are often disproportionately felt by vulnerable communities, including the poor, seniors and individuals with disabilities.