With gas prices sky-rocketing in many parts of the country, public transportation is more important than ever. A new piece of legislation drafted by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called the Strengthening Manufacturing and Rebuilding Transit (SMART) Act focuses on made-in-the-USA public transportation infrastructure, and recently won the support of the BlueGreen Alliance andApollo Alliance.
These two advocacy groups recently joined forces to throw their weight behind the green jobs movement, and were in attendance at Sherrod’s Washington, D.C., tele-press conference on May 26th.
“Nearly three years after the bottom fell out of our economy, we are still facing a jobs crisis of historic proportions,” said Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, Co-Chair of the BlueGreen Alliance and Apollo Alliance board member, in a statement. “We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines while the U.S. misses the boat on the industries of the 21st century — the biggest job-creating opportunity in a generation.”
“With gas prices close to $4.00 a gallon in many parts of Ohio and across the country, reinvesting in transit is more important than ever. And at the same time, manufacturing is responsible for creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying, middle class jobs,” Senator Brown said. “The buses, trolleys and trains that take Americans to every corner of our country should be ‘Made in America’ as well. By strengthening the domestic supply chain for public transit, the SMART Act will strengthen our public transit options and revitalize our manufacturing heritage.”
The SMART Act focuses on enhancing domestic transportation supply chains while maximizing job creation in manufacturing. More information on the legislation, released at the tele-press conference, is available online.