Statement of Support for Regional Transit
With its broad array of signatories, this Statement of Support is intended to express the metro-wide call for the kind of transit system that will enhance equality of access, quality of life, environmental care, and economic prosperity throughout our region.
We call on the leaders of our jurisdictions to unite in creating a first-class public transportation system for the entire metropolitan region. We believe that all should have the opportunity to live in mutual prosperity, in constructive relationships, in educated diversity, in justice, and in hope for the future.
We know that linking Metropolitan Richmond together with a public transportation system would significantly increase people’s access to employment, workforce development, commerce, higher education, nutritious food, and routine health care. It would enhance quality of life for all, including those seeking to maintain freedom of mobility as they age. And as has been demonstrated in other metro areas, good regional transit would also attract young talent, increase property values, and spur robust investment and economic development while helping to sustain the environment.
We know we can vault to the top ten percent of American metro areas in public transportation by building a comprehensive system, such as one identified by transportation planners and RVA Rapid Transit. We join together across jurisdictions, asking our leaders to unite without delay in this common constructive cause.