Vice President Harris meets with Cincinnati public transit officials

Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 12:54 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Vice President Kamala Harris talked with officials Friday to discuss the value of public transit in Cincinnati.

Vice President Harris’ stop in Cincinnati was part of the “Getting America Back on Track Tour.” Harris met with city and state transportation officials at the University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Hub on why the American Rescue Plan invests in public transit.

$110 billion will be provided to transit agencies under the American Rescue Plan. $85 billion will be used to modernize and expand transit, while $25 billion will be for electrifying transit vehicles.

“Good transit equals vibrant communities,” Vice President Harris said. “If we think about it in terms of an investment in public transit, it is an investment in job creations, improving communities, increasing access to opportunity.”

Investing in a good transit system is an investment in jobs, public health, and the climate, the vice president added.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, the moderator, asked why people who do not use public transit should care about its investment.

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) CEO Darryl Haley answered and explained how those who do not use public transportation are still impacted.

“Even if you yourself don’t use public transportation, the people you count on count on public transportation,” Haley said.

Vice President Harris did not leave without answering a question regarding the Brent Spence Bridge.

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