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Know Your Rights – A Message from MaST

As sustainable transportation advocates, Green Streeters should know the rights and protections under federal and Maine state laws that apply to car-free transportation. The Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MaST) is working to share this information with the public. For a summary, please read MaST’s statement below and visit their website for additional information.

Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation states: “Living car-free should not make you a second-class citizen.  Accessibility rights would ensure that individuals who cannot or choose not to drive can enjoy equal access to opportunities as auto-mobile individuals. Opportunities include shopping, educational facilities, public amenities, employment, recreational areas, and all other destinations.  While this concept of accessibility rights is rooted in existing legislation, there are currently no explicit legal protections or rights for car-free individuals.  In most of the United States, car-free individuals experience significant barriers to opportunities, practically necessitating automobile ownership.

It is important to know your rights and protections under federal and Maine state laws.  All transportation projects receiving federal funds are required to have a public participation process to ensure that the project is completed to title 6 and the National Environmental Policy Act.  Individuals and organizations’ participation in the transportation planning process is critical to making sure we have a sustainable transportation future.

The Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation works with decision makers to ensure that Mainers have access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable transportation. MaST strives to defend, expand and improve sustainable transportation options through advocacy, policy initiatives, and public outreach.  To learn more, visit http://www.mainesustainabletransport.com/

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