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New Grassroots Advocacy App Helps Fix Highway Trust Fund

The "TransCon App” will allow users to give legislators a piece of their minds - even when Congress is in recess.

Wed August 28, 2013 - National Edition
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The “Transportation Construction Advocate App,” or “TransCon App” unveiled by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) gives public and private-sector workers in the transportation design and construction industry a powerful, new tool to communicate with their elected officials about the importance of transportation investment to the U.S. economy and the need to fix the Highway Trust Fund.

The app provides users with key information to convey to congressmen and senators while they are home during the August congressional recess, including “Talking Points” about the 90 percent cut the trust fund faces next year, as well as “Facts & Stats” about the industry’s economic impact in their state. A “Feedback” button allows people to provide instant reports about their meetings and conversations with lawmakers.

Text notifications will help stakeholders stay on top of major legislative developments in Washington, D.C., such as key votes, and users will be able to connect with their congressman or senators’ offices via the app’s “Take Action” button. Other features include a short video explaining the importance of grassroots advocacy and a directory of all members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Developed as part of ARTBA’s “Transportation Makes America Work” (TMAW) public affairs campaign focused on boosting federal highway and transit investment, the TransCon App is available for use by all industry stakeholders, including other associations and pro-transportation infrastructure organizations.

It’s available for both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded through Google Play or iTunes.

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