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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

DISMANTLING BARRIERS, PROMOTING EQUITY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
federal government to focus on ways
to better include people who have been
historically underserved.
The President has laid out a bold
vision to expand opportunities by
breaking down systemic barriers and
giving individuals the chance to participate fully in everything our country

offers. Transit is key to creating a level
playing field, taking people to jobs,
schools and critical services, regardless of whether they own a car or can
drive. But for this to happen, equity
and accessibility principles need to be
interwoven with transportation decision-making, from the earliest planning

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I am particularly proud
to lead a diverse

stages and throughout operations.
In future transit investments,
we will work with communities to
ensure that transportation investments benefit all residents of a
community, including frequently
overlooked, vulnerable community
members.
Ensuring transportation access
for everyone is not easy. As the
Acting Administrator for FTA, I am
focused on supporting the nation's
transit systems, but I also want to
make it safer and easier for people
to connect to transit, both in downtowns and in neighboring communities.
To that end, I am working with my partners at the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration
to explore ways to expand our multimodal approach to develop more seamless, high-quality travel experiences as
we build back better.
The recently passed American Rescue Plan Act is a critical first step in
promoting equity. The plan, which contains funding to help speed up vaccine
distribution, reopen schools and provide
relief to transit agencies, is essential.
We know Americans depend on transit
to get to jobs, healthcare and vaccine
appointments, and back to school. At
FTA, we will work quickly to distribute
and manage the American Rescue Plan
funding responsibly-and equitably.
This Women's History Month, I want
to recognize the women who have
made our successful journey possible
and to celebrate all who are " firsts " in
their families to achieve major milestones. Traditionally, women have been

workforce at FTA, one
where women are in the
majority and the overall
agency's composition
is very diverse.
underrepresented in the transit sector,
but, over time, we have seen a sea
change in the number of women choosing to work in the transit profession.
The numbers of those advancing into
management and leadership positions
has also been very promising. I am particularly proud to lead a diverse workforce at FTA, one where women are in
the majority and the overall agency's
composition is very diverse.
More than ever, women are advancing into positions where we can influence outcomes and make impactful
changes to our communities-all
through an equity lens. I chose this
field because I wanted to do my part
to support what transit makes possible: access to a world of opportunities
through a network that connects people
to jobs, education, entertainment and
services-lifting up people and lifting
up communities. With my colleagues at
FTA and transit partners throughout the
nation, I am confident we are making
great progress toward achieving that
vision.

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