Fast Lane readers know that yesterday I took the Department's message to the people. And not just a handful of people either --our virtual town hall discussion reached thousands of participants from coast to coast, even as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.
While I certainly appreciated the opportunity to make the case for a long-term transportation bill that truly funds our nation's needs and provides states, counties, and cities the certainty they need to plan for their future, I was even more grateful to see the steady stream of more than 300 questions pouring in from the town hall website, email, and Twitter. That tells me that Americans are engaged in this issue, an issue that touches their everyday lives, their families, their jobs, and their businesses.
So, now what? Well, now we do the heavy lifting. Now we get a little noisier.
That means sharing your interest in this with your friends, your family, your online communities, and your coworkers. It means engaging your Members of Congress on long-term funding, explaining why we can't wait until May and why upping our investment in transportation is so important.
Here's how you can help. You can let your Members of Congress know that this is what their constituents want. You can give them permission to do the right thing.
President Lincoln said, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis."
Well, anyone who's wrestled with traffic, felt the jolt of a pothole, or waited for a bus in nasty weather knows that we've got the crisis. And after yesterday's discussion, we've all got the facts.
Let's do something with those facts. Let's let Congress know it's okay to GROW AMERICA.