Hello, my name is Sandy Weir and I live in Phoenix. I urge the city council to support a big investment in zero-emission public transit. Many of my friends live in South and West Phoenix and their families, including school children are affected by poor air quality. They and I also use our public transit systems routinely. If Green Transit joined light rail & air pollution were reduced
Green Transit would result in making Phoenix a greener, more equitable, and healthier city to live in.
As a Phoenix resident, I urge the city council to invest in zero-emission public transit. This investment will benefit public health, air quality, achieving net-zero emissions, and attracting environmentally-conscious businesses to our city. Now is the time to invest in our city's future through win-win solutions to simultaneously address climate change, poor air quality, and public transit accessibility. Thank you.
As a person who struggles with asthma, I strongly support ANY effort to clean the air in the Phoenix area, including the electrification of public transit. Also, as someone who has lived here for over 40 years, I have witnessed the increasing heat and drought due to climate change and the urban heat island effect. We are in a crisis and must do everything possible to create a healthier environment for all, especially low income, and brown and black communities most affected by air pollution.
I strongly support increasing the budget for the zero-emission public transport. Phoenix has some of the worst air quality in the world, as well as increasing needs for viable public transit options, and investing in this program would contribute to solving both problems at once.In order to meet the worsening climate crisis, the city of phoenix must take all steps possible to ensure a healthy future for our communities.
As a Maternal Child Health Nurse, I understand how important clean air is for pregnant women and children especially. Emissions from city buses contribute to air pollution that can result in poor pregnancy outcomes, such as premature births, stillbirths, and low birth weight. Air pollution is also associated with increased childhood asthma rates and more lung cancer in non-smokers. I support investing in clean transportation that will have immediate health benefits for our communities.
Phoenix has some of the worst air quality in the country. We need to be forward thinking and innovative to achieve net-zero emissions and hit air quality goals. Investing in green transit is a step in the right direction. Low-income and black and brown communities like those in South and West Phoenix are most affected by poor air quality. Investing in zero-emissions buses will improve public health. I urge the Phoenix City Council to support this expanded investment in Green Transit.
Moving to electric buses is the best option we have. Climate Change is happening now. We need to think about how we want our future to look. By approving more money from the Green Transit Program we are taking actions towards having a cleaner future. This is the least we can be doing. We need to be making large scale systemic change in order to create resilient neighborhoods, supporting this program is a move in the right direction.