TEN Victories

TEN is a grassroots network of more than 350 community organizations in 41 states working to build a more just, prosperous, and connected America. TEN’s goal is to create an equity-based transportation system by connecting local transportation campaigns with D.C.-based advocacy.

National Victories

  • TEN won a commitment from Secretary of Transportation Raymond LaHood to encourage state Departments of Transportation to adopt TEN’s “Green Construction Careers (Missouri Model)” of workforce development nationwide.
  • TEN worked with Rep. Russ Carnahan to secure language in the jobs bill that passed the U.S. House on Dec. 17, 2009, to give transit authorities local control over spending priorities for up to 10 percent of the bill’s $8.4 billion in emergency public transit funding.
  • In January 2010, the USDOT adopted new livability-based funding guidelines for major transit projects, overturning narrow Bush-era criteria and fulfilling a longtime TEN demand.
  • The Congressional Black Caucus lifted up TEN’s “Green Construction Careers (Missouri Model)” in an open letter to President Obama in December 2009.
  • In May 2010, the USDOT responded to calls from TEN to support transit options for the most vulnerable Americans by releasing $775 million in federal funds to help transit systems maintain and upgrade their bus systems.
  • In March 2010, TEN and its allies drew national media attention to transit funding crises with “Resurrect Mass Transit” rallies in eight cities.
  • In October 2011, TEN secured a major policy goal with the introduction of Representative Russell Carnahan’s (D-MO) Local Flexibility for Transit Assistance Act with a bipartisan collection of 89 co-sponsors. The bill would allow federal transit funds to be used for operating expenses, helping avoid cuts.

Local Victories

  • TEN and MCU won unprecedented workforce equity requirements for Missouri’s $500 million I-64 highway project. Minority and female workers performed 26% of the workforce hours, $2.5 million were devoted to job training, and the project was finished three weeks early and $11 million under budget. This model has come to be known as “Green Construction Careers (Missouri Model)."
  • In April 2010, TEN member MCU and allies led a successful campaign in support of a ballot initiative to reinvest in transit in St. Louis city and country. Voters overwhelmingly supported the measure, which will provide $75 million a year to restore service cuts.
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, TEN and allies filed a federal civil rights complaint that stopped the use of $70 million in stimulus funds for a rail project that would have violated the Civil Rights Act. Instead, the money will be used to cuts in the region’s other transit lines.
  • TEN member PRISCM’s work highlighting transportation inequity in the D.C. metropolitan area led to front-page coverage in the Washington Post on March 29, 2010.
  • In Battle Creek, Detroit, and Saginaw, MI, TEN members MOSES and EZEKIEL led a successful campaign in support of a local transit funding measure. Voters approved it by a 2:1 margin.
  • In August 2010, in Kansas City, MO, TEN member MORE2 secured $11 million in local transit funding over 10 years, an increase of $5 million over previous levels.
  • In Minnesota, TEN member ISAIAH and the Stops for Us coalition successfully argued that a planned light rail line along the Central Corridor connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul should include three additional stops in underserved, low-income communities.
  • Also in Minnesota, after a five year long intensive campaign, ISAIAH convinced Minnesota Department of Transportation to dedicate $6.2 million in federal highway money over the next five years to training and apprenticeships in highway construction work to low-wage workers, people of color and women.
  • In 2011, TEN affiliate GENESIS secured the support of the city council and the local school board 14 million dollar “eco bus pass” that would allow all schoolchildren to ride buses for free.
  • 2011 - In Missouri, extensive discussions with county and Missouri DOT officials in 2011 led to the allocation of $1 million in complete streets money to allow disabled residents to access public transit in the St. Louis south county area.
  • 2011 - In Kansas City, Missouri, TEN affiliate MORE2 recently scored a major victory for bus riders. The City Council approved an ordinance guaranteeing that funds intended for the bus system would not be diverted to other projects. By May 2014, 95 percent of the transportation sales tax funds will go to the buses.

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