Transit Agencies Celebrate Transit Equity Day
Every year Transit Equity Day is celebrated on February 4th to commemorate the life of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks on her birthday. President Gerald Ford declared February 4th Rosa Parks Transit Equity Day in 1976 in memory of her courage to stand up for equity and inclusion by refusing to vacate her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her actions sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and eventually led to the desegregation of public transit.
Throughout the country, transit agencies found different ways to honor Rosa Parks. For example, in San Bernardino County, the SBC Transportation Authority sponsored a free fare day for everyone boarding transit provider buses and trains within the county. The SBC’s plan also inspired other transit agencies like Metrolink to offer free fares to their passengers. Metrolink’s Board Chair, Ara Najarian, stated that for the agency, “equity means fostering inclusive, fair and just opportunities for those we serve… Along with free rides on Transit Equity Day, we are committed to providing safe and affordable transportation every day.” Keep reading to learn more about Rosa Parks and Transit Equity Day.
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