FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2020
Contact: Sheri Shannon
Alexsis Rodgers Announces Plan for New Transportation Department
RICHMOND, Va. - Today, Richmond mayoral candidate Alexsis Rodgers announced her transportation policy platform, calling for the creation of a Department of Transportation.
“We’re long overdue in creating a department that houses all of the city’s transportation infrastructure under one roof,” said Rodgers. “It doesn’t make sense to continue piecemealing solutions when our transportation network depends on the city moving together in the same direction. It cannot be done in silos.”
“As mayor, I will establish a Department of Transportation to ensure we are meeting all of the mobility needs for residents in an affordable, reliable and safe way.”
Rodgers is proposing to house multiple divisions and programs responsible for our transit system within one department, including engineering and transportation, fleet management, Vision Zero, RVA Bike Share, street maintenance, paving and parking.
Her platform also centers accessibility for persons with disabilities with additional investments for sidewalks, new service performance goals for CARE and CARE Plus and enhanced assistance to ensure all residents can get around the city, including to public parks. Rodgers wants broader community conversations about safety and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
“The way we view transportation and our transit system in Richmond is reflected in the way we move and operate,” said Rodgers. “The city spent $30 million to repave roads but only $2 million to fix or add sidewalks. We’re sending a message that car culture is more important than other modes of transportation, and reinforcing that message does more to divide the city than connect neighborhoods.”
“I believe it’s important for the city to take a comprehensive approach that includes climate, housing, public health and historic inequities with our decision-making process.”
Additionally, Rodgers’ transportation platform calls for:
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