Transit riders, faith and community groups call on state leaders to guarantee public transportation funding

**Media Advisory**

Event: THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 8:30am

Green Line: Capitol/Rice Street Station

Transit Riders, Faith & Community Groups Call On State Leaders To Guarantee Comprehensive Public Transportation Funding

 

St. Paul, MN – Members of MPIRG, ISAIAH and other organizations from the MoveMN coalition will gathering at the Green Line University/Snelling station for a brief rally before riding the train to the Capitol for a press conference to call on our state’s elected leaders to guarantee dedicated, sustainable funding to significantly improve our state’s public transportation system.

 

WHAT:

Press conference to call on state and community leaders to ensure every Minnesotan has access to safe and convenient public transportation options to jobs and schools.

 

WHEN:

Stop 1: Thursday, February 12th, 2015 8:45am

Stop 2: Thursday, February 12th, 2015 9:30 am

 

WHERE:

Stop 1: Green Line: University Ave and Snelling Ave Station

Stop 2:  Green Line: Capitol/Rice Street Station

130 University Avenue West

 

WHO:

Tina Smith, Lt. Governor

Adam Duininck, Metropolitan Council, Chair

Senator Scott Dibble

Rep. Frank Hornstein (scheduled to speak)

Doran Schrantz, ISAIAH, Executive Director

Anthony Newby, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Executive Director

Rev. James Alberts II, pastor at Higher Ground Church of God in Christ, St. Cloud

Socorro Lopez (Brooklyn Center) Ascension Catholic Church, Minneapolis

Tom Untiedt (New Hope) Valley of Peace Lutheran Church, Golden Valley

Harry Maddox (Minneapolis) Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

100 people from faith and community groups

 

WHY:

A safe, efficient and reliable transportation system is essential to strengthening Minnesota’s economic competitiveness and maintaining quality of life.

State and community leaders have neglected to make the investments necessary to build a statewide, fair and accessible transportation system. As a result, community members are cut off from one another and from the opportunity to live with dignity.

ISAIAH, a non-profit coalition of over 100 congregations from various faith traditions working in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and greater Minnesota, is committed to establishing racial and economic justice. ISAIAH is a member of the PICO National Network.

MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) is a student directed grassroots non-profit, nonpartisan organization that mobilizes students and the community to take action in Minnesota’s public interest.

MoveMN is a statewide coalition of more than 200 business, organizations and local governments committing to fixing Minnesota’s long-term transportation problems by securing a comprehensive transportation funding solution.

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