Transportation Equity Pledge for 2022 Candidates

Logos from: AARP Maryland
Arm in Arm DC
Action Committee for Transit
Bike Maryland
Cameroon American Council
Citizens’ Climate Lobby - DC
Coalition for Smarter Growth
DC Environmental Network
DC Families for Safe Streets 
DC Transportation Equity Network
Friends of Oxon Run Park 
Greater Greater Washington 
Maryland Legislative Coalition
Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets
Open Streets Montgomery 
Potomac Pedalers
Proteus Bikes 
Safe Routes Partnership 
Sunrise Movement - DC
Seasoned Settlers
Universal Childcare Now DC Coalition
Ward 3 Bike Advocates
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Young People for Progress

We, the undersigned organizations, ask that candidates running for the local MD, DC, VA elections in 2022 make a commitment to prioritize budgetary and legislative measures that will develop an equitable transportation system that leads to the elimination of traffic deaths and serious crashes, while giving residents connected multimodal options to travel.   

We also ask all candidates to commit to developing traffic enforcement policies that limit biases, with the understanding that long-term, sustainable traffic safety comes from investing in the built environment. 

In an equitable transportation system, a person’s identity and experience—one’s race, gender, and ability; how much money someone has, and where a family lives—don’t affect whether they can use safe, comfortable multimodal transportation options. Therefore, we ask all candidates to pursue the legislative policies and budgetary items to move us towards an equitable transportation system with the utmost urgency. 

With these goals in mind, we are asking candidates who are running for office to take the Transportation Equity Pledge:

As a candidate running for office, if elected or re-elected, I fully commit to: 

  • Fully fund the completion of bus and bike networks
  • Fund the completion and maintenance of the National Capital Trail Network (as identified by MWCOG/TPB). 
  • Oppose highway expansion and prioritize complete streets
  • Invest in building and preserving affordable housing (ex: with rent stabilization measures) units to meet the needs of a growing region, with an emphasis on policies that will allow for more transit-oriented development. 
  • Remove Police from civil traffic enforcement while transferring the responsibility to local Departments of Transportation 
  • Ensure all residents have equitable access to affordable and reliable public transportation
  • Expand MARC and VRE commuter rail service to make it frequent, reliable, and available outside of rush hour and while opposing the Maglev train construction 
  • Reduce and eliminate the deaths, especially vulnerable road users, in traffic crashes – fully funding and implementing county and/or city vision zero plans and legislation 
  • Follow through on the Americans with Disabilities Act and address the persistent barriers and gaps that prevent our communities and public transportation systems from being truly ADA-accessible.
  • Ensure all residents have access to continuous even sidewalks placed along both sides of all local streets with the purpose of developing sidewalk connectivity.

Candidates who have taken this pledge:

Not running for office yourself? Send this page to candidates running for your local and state offices and ask them to sign it!

The signatories of this letter ask that candidates pledge to demonstrate their full commitment to supporting policies and budget measures that center transportation justice for their constituents. 

Too many lives are lost due to traffic violence and the status quo is not working anymore. We ask that all candidates reject the current status quo transportation policies, and decades of underinvestment that have caused transportation inequities. 

Going forward, we need to transform our transportation system to make it more equitable, and we need leaders who are bold enough to step forward and make it happen. 

Signed,

AARP Maryland

Arm in Arm DC

Action Committee for Transit

Bike Maryland

Black Women Bike

Cameroon American Council

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – DC

Coalition for Smarter Growth

DC Environmental Network

DC Families for Safe Streets 

DC Transportation Equity Network

Friends of Oxon Run Park 

Greater Greater Washington 

Maryland Legislative Coalition

Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets

Open Streets Montgomery 

Potomac Pedalers

Proteus Bikes 

Safe Routes Partnership 

Sunrise Movement – DC

Seasoned Settlers

Universal Childcare Now DC Coalition

Ward 3 Bike Advocates

Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Young People for Progress

Note: WABA and most of the other organizations on this list are 501(c)3 nonprofits, and we do not endorse candidates.

2022 Transportation Candidate Forum Schedule

WABA is partnering with organizations around the region to host candidate forums for the 2022 primary season! 

We will be asking candidates running for selected offices some of the pressing transportation issues in the region. We will also offer our supporters an opportunity to submit a question for the candidates! 

Check out the candidate forum schedule below!

Montgomery County Executive Forum 

February, 8th, 2022

Time: 7pm-830pm

RSVP

Moderator: Jordan Pascale, WAMU

Hosted by: WABA and The Coalition for Smarter Growth 

Co sponsors: Young People for Progress, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, Takoma Park Mobilization, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United For Justice

Montgomery County At-Large Council Forum  

February 22nd, 2022

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

RSVP

Moderator: Kristy Daphnis

Hosted by: WABA and The Coalition for Smarter Growth 

Co sponsors: Young People for Progress, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, Takoma Park Mobilization, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United For Justice

Montgomery County District Council Forum  

March 8th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Moderator: Jeremiah Lowery, WABA

RSVP 

Hosted by: WABA and The Coalition for Smarter Growth 

Co sponsors: Young People for Progress, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, Takoma Park Mobilization, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United For Justice

Washington, DC  Ward 5 D.C. Council Forum 

March 22nd, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Moderator:  Jordan Pascale, WAMU

RSVP 

Hosted by: WABA and Greater Greater Washington 

Co sponsors: Black Millennials 4 Flint, Moms Clean Air Force DC Chapter, The Coalition for Smarter Growth, DC Environmental Network, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – DC

Washington, DC Chair and Mayoral Forum

March 29th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-8:00 pm Chair Forum 

8:00pm-9:00pm Mayoral Forum 

Moderator:  Tom Sherwood and Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU

RSVP 

Hosted by: WABA and Greater Greater Washington 

Co sponsors: Black Millennials 4 Flint, Moms Clean Air Force DC Chapter, The Coalition for Smarter Growth, DC Environmental Network, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – DC

*All candidates who have registered to run have been invited. WABA does not endorse any candidate for any office*

We will also be sending a questionnaire to all candidates who have filed to run in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County County Executive and County Council races, Washington, DC Council and Mayoral races, as well as the Arlington County Board. We will publicly post all questionnaires received.