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The Case For a Transit-First Infrastructure Plan

President Biden’s $2 trillion jobs plan would double the federal contribution to public transit. But to fight climate change and broaden access to opportunity, that won’t be enough.

Transportation advocates insist that President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan represents an opportunity to rethink the importance of transit-oriented development. (

Transportation advocates insist that President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan represents an opportunity to rethink the importance of transit-oriented development. (

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Last month, the Biden administration released the American Jobs Plan to invest $2 trillion into infrastructure over eight years. It presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set a course for the future and mitigate existential threats facing the nation including climate change, structural racism, an escalating affordable housing crisis, an aging population, and an economy in tatters from the pandemic.