As the fastest-growing segment of the United States population, Latinos make up a significant share of transportation consumers and workers. For comprehensive surface transportation reauthorization to maximize opportunities for Hispanics, it must include policies that improve career opportunities in the transportation sector, ensure that all communities are afforded the chance to participate in transportation planning, and protect equitable and sufficient funding for public transit and safety for urban and rural populations.
The bipartisan approach taken in S. 1813 (MAP-21) makes important investments in Latino transportation priorities. As conferees prepare for negotiations on this legislation, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—urges legislators to uphold MAP-21’s positive provisions for job opportunities, public transit, and safe roadways, and to reject the distracting and harmful language of the House extension, H.R. 4348.
Latino priorities for the conference committee are:
- Paving the Future of Transportation Policy: What Congress Smoothed Over, and Where Potholes Remain
- Improve job opportunities for Latinos in the transportation sector
- Ensure authentic community involvement in local transportation planning and decision-making
- Defend public transportation as a vital lifeline
- Promote safety for pedestrians and bikers
- Download Latino Policy Priorities Overview