Aug 6

On behalf of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition—a group that GCP co-founded—Alesha Washington, GCP’s Vice President of Government Advocacy, presented at a congressional briefing hosted by Transportation for America on the importance of federal support for the country’s public transit programs. The panel included local elected officials, business executives, and transit leaders from across the country highlighting the importance of programs like the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) on the entire transit supply chain to nearly 40 congressional staff in Washington, D.C. 
Research produced by Transportation America found that there are more than 2,700 transit component manufacturers across the country that supply the infrastructure for the country’s public transit system; more than half of those manufacturers are in the Great Lakes states. The CIG program is the federal government’s primary funding for major transit capital investments, including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars, and bus rapid transit. Without it, many projects would not have the full support they would need to be successful. The HealthLine, launched in 2008 by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, is one such transit project supported by the CIG program that continues to yield a high return on investment in Northeast Ohio.