Created: 12 February 2010
Portland, Oregon, and its transit agency TriMet used $1.6 million in federal stimulus funds to repair 20 intersections. SGA’s Oregon partners persuaded Oregon to invest more stimulus dollars in public transportation, repair, and bicycling and walking. Credit: Thomas Le Ngo
America is growing, and Smart Growth America is promoting a better and more sustainable way to do it: through equitable development and infrastructure investment, revitalized communities, more housing and transportation choices, and healthier people and land. SGA works with its national partners for state and federal policy change that supports transportation and land use decisions that promote smart growth, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and more livable communities.
To that end, SGA works with more than 100 national, state, and regional member organizations on a range of initiatives and campaigns, from the Restoring Prosperity Initiative, which developed tools necessary to revitalize older industrial cities, to its Transportation for America campaign, the nation’s largest coalition pursuing a better transportation system through federal policy change.
The stimulus—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—has been a special recent focus. Through state-focused policy campaigns, SGA and its state partners helped direct the spending of the transportation stimulus dollars towards expanding transportation and mobility choices by building out transit networks, fixing existing infrastructure and creating career pathways within the transportation sector. SGA’s recent report finding that public transportation stimulus projects created twice as many jobs per dollar as new roads has influenced the conversation around the types of federal and state investments that produce the most jobs for low- and middle-income communities. Now, SGA has begun work in several states on a campaign to secure long-term sources of funding for public transportation, and help support transit-oriented development.