California Transit Association

Advocacy

Federal Lobby Day

Federal Lobby Day is the product of the Association’s efforts to bring attention to California’s transit needs and priorities among decision makers at the federal level. The Association conducted its first Federal Lobby Day in early 2013, when a small group of Association staff and leaders traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of the state’s Congressional delegation and hosted an informational reception for lawmakers and their key staff members.

Federal Lobby Day 2017 will take place September 6-7.

During Federal Lobby Day 2016, a small delegation of the Association’s Executive and Federal & State Legislative Committees engaged directly with California’s congressional delegation, congressional leadership, the Obama Administration, and the American Public Transportation Association on federal laws and regulations that impact transit operations in California.

The event covered pressing topics related to the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, including: Buy America requirements, transit security guidelines, and funding for near- and zero-emission buses; as well as California-specific topics such as Cap and Trade and PEPRA.

As part of the event, the Association also hosted “California Transit Priorities 2016: An Evening Reception,” to continue conversations started earlier in the day with their congressional representatives and their staff. The reception was sponsored by BYD, Proterra, and Complete Coach Works.

For more information about Federal Lobby Day, please contact Legislative and Regulatory Advocate Michael Pimentel at michael@caltransit.org or 916-446-4656 x1034.