This Week on The Hill: “Utilizing Transportation Investments to Expand Opportunity for All,” July 13th and 14th

Transportation is a critical lifeline to opportunity – it’s what connects people to jobs, schools, housing, healthcare, grocery stores, and other vital services they need to thrive.

And yet, millions of low-income families, communities of color, people with disabilities, and seniors currently live in areas where transportation options are unaffordable, unreliable, or simply non-existent.

On Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14, over 40 local leaders from across the country will come together in Washington, D.C. for “Utilizing Transportation Investments to Expand Opportunity for All” to share their personal stories and visions for future transportation policy in America.

Traveling to the nation’s capitol from Alabama, California, Colorado, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island, these are leaders of organizations that focus on expanding opportunity and promoting better health for low income people, communities of color, individuals with disabilities, and people in rural communities.

All of them have coalesced around three shared priorities for transportation investment:

  • Improve access to affordable transportation options that promote mobility and health
  • Expand economic opportunity to strengthen families and communities
  • Foster accountability and focus on results

During the convening, this diverse set of leaders will speak about these priorities with Congressional lawmakers and Senior Administration officials who are in the midst of deliberations over the surface transportation authorization.

The event will take place at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th Street NW in Washington, D.C. The two-day schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, July 13th

8:30 a.m. –  Breakfast & Registration

9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Program and Panel Discussions

Thursday, July 14th

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Panel & Facilitated Discussions

For more information on  “Utilizing Transportation Investments to Expand Opportunity for All,” contact Janet Dickerson of PolicyLink at, or Scott Simpson of the Leadership Conference Education Fund at


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