Public Transportation Legislative Advocacy Day
(Source: Virginia Transit Association)
We’re getting close to Monday, January 23 Public Transportation Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol.
We’ll start with a Legislative Briefing in the General Assembly Building (Committee Room 5-East) from 10-11 a.m. Along with our friends, Virginians for High Speed Rail, we will review the public transportation legislative and budget priorities and offer talking points to help participants communicate effectively with their Delegates and Senators. We may even have some legislators stop in to welcome our group. We will encourage participants to visit their legislators in the afternoon (Making appointments with legislative offices in advance is highly recommended but not essential.) This briefing is free of charge and is open to any transit/rail supporter. So please help us grow participation and spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors.
We’re excited that our 2017 reception will be at the Main Street train station, thanks to the support of the City of Richmond. Since Main Street Station is a little further to walk, GRTC and JAUNT have graciously volunteered to provide courtesy shuttle buses to transport guests to and fro and there is also free parking. VRE is also planning to have one of their trains come down for tours. If you haven’t heard about Main Street’s new train shed that will be opening in the spring, read more here about this exciting new venture. We will be among the fortunate few to get a preview of the space. A guided tour of the shed and the VRE train will run from 5-5:30 or later into the evening. Then, starting at 5:30, we’ll move inside the station for the reception. We’re bringing back that delicious Buz and Ned’s BBQ and Virginia craft beers and wines and other favorite beverages. This is a great opportunity to mix and meet with colleagues, transit General Managers, agency heads, city officials, and of course, legislators and their staffers. Governor McAuliffe even joined us last year!
As always, our reception is free of charge to representatives of VTA member organizations, businesses, or individuals. To help with the expenses related to this event, we need the generosity of sponsors. Thank you to those of you who have already stepped up to sponsor the reception. If your company would also like to be listed as a Silver, Gold, and Platinum sponsor or a name badge sponsor, please contact Mary Lawson at email@example.com or go online here to make payments electronically. We will be happy to prominently feature your company’s name as a generous supporter of public transportation. What better place for positive visibility with decision-makers?!
Please RSVP to Jamie Crawford (firstname.lastname@example.org) in our office or call at 804.643.1166 to let us know who is coming so we can get adequate materials, get an accurate count for food and prepare name badges.
We hope to see you there!
Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director
Virginia Transit Association