Tweet Your Congressional Delegation
You may already use social media like Twitter as part of your work as a city leader. Your tweets can help inform residents about city services, share emergency information, and keep your constituents up-to-date on your activities. Twitter can also be used to raise awareness about an issue and to advocate on behalf of a position.
You can raise awareness about the importance of transportation funding by tweeting regularly about transportation news, projects in your community, and the relationship between transportation policy and the lives of your residents. You can tweet directly at your congressional delegation, and find their Twitter usernames online. When tweeting about transportation, use popular "hashtags" to group your tweets with others on the same topic, such as #fixthetrustfund, #fixourbridges, #repairourroads, #transit, #infrastructure, or others. For example:
"[city name] needs [representative username] and Congress to #fixthetrustfund and keep our city's transportation #infrastructure moving"
You can also "retweet" posts by other Twitter users, such as NLC (@leagueofcities), to share the information and advocacy from those users with your own followers, and encourage them to share as well. A member of Congress who sees numerous or interesting tweets on a particular topic may be more likely to take the issue seriously, and be aware of local concerns on the issue.