News & Resources
We celebrate the legacy of Rosa Parks as Transit Equity Day every year on February 4th, her birthday, and this year we’re excited by the recent advances in the Bay Area’s transportation justice movement.
The transportation justice movement won two major legislative victories this week to address California’s near-term fiscal crisis in transit operations. The final state budget allows transit agencies to flex $5.1 billion of capital funds for operating costs. While this is not new funding, it will provide the Bay Area with approximately $800 million over the next several years.
Last week the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted unanimously to support funding to avert a potentially devastating “fiscal cliff” and stabilize the Bay Area’s transit agencies.
Transit Equity Day is held to honor the legacy of Rosa Parks and her role in the modern civil rights movement.
A misleading narrative is taking shape about a worker shortage in public transit. Headlines in the Bay Area, throughout California, and nationally point to how the worker shortage is affecting transit agencies’ ability to maintain and restore transit service to pre-pandemic levels.
The Mercury News
The Biden Administration has recently proposed spending over $2 trillion on a range of public investments. The proposal has set off a debate about what we mean when we say “infrastructure,” which investments we should prioritize, and how these investments will impact different communities.
With COVID-19 vaccine distribution underway, it is tempting to want to return to “normal.” But as we look at what a post-pandemic recovery will entail, we have an opportunity to fight for justice and improve our regional built environment.
National Transit Equity Day is an important moment to ask ourselves who we really mean when we say essential workers.
San Francisco Chronicle