Transit Equity Day Events in Your Area

Details will continue to be added regarding events and locations. Events can include anything from a press conference, to a social media campaign to an action with speakers at a key location or simply encouraging those in your community to take mass transit on February 4, 2020, Rosa Parks’ birthday.

For events that are TBD, please contact LNS Admin Manager Judy Asman at admin@labor4sustainability.org. Please note that we are in a phase where event details can change at any time, please check back.  

California

Bay Area

  • 350 San Francisco
    • Action: TBD
    • Site: United Nations Plaza, 355 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: TBD
    • Contact: Sara Greenwald »

Oakland

  • Climate & Environmental Justice Caucus / East Bay DSA
    • Action: Transit Equity Rally & Canvass
    • Site: MacArthur BART Station, 555 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: We are an ad hoc group of labor and environmental activists organizing a rally and canvass at a BART subway station at evening rush hour. We’ll have a few songs and speakers voicing our support of expanded transit, decriminalization of fare evasion, support for our Amalgamated Transit Union workers and electrification of transit vehicles. We’ll leaflet and speak with commuters about #TransitEquity and promote support for our local transit union.
    • Contact: Bonnie Lockhart »

Connecticut

Hartford

  • Amalgamated Transit Union Local 425 and Center for Latino Progress
    • Action: #TransitEquity4CT Multimodal Meetup
    • Site: Blue State Coffee, 777 Main Street, Hartford, CN
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Let us know you’re coming »
    • From the Organizers: Transit riders are already doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Join us on Tuesday, February 4th to celebrate bus transit, commuter rail, walking, biking, and the legacy of Rosa Parks. At the same time, the state’s CT2030 plan is being shaped. The first draft of that plan included just 2% of funding for bus transit and 0.25% for pedestrian and bicycle projects. Bus transit riders, who all walk or bike at some point in their trip, must join together in a unified voice to demand bus transit system improvements and safe walking and biking routes around bus stops. We are building a grassroots bus transit riders union in the Hartford metro area to advocate for much needed improvements and an equitable portion of Connecticut’s funding. Join us for coffee on Feb 4th and let’s start making change.
    • Contact: Tony Cherolis »

Fairfield County, Norwich and Other Cities

  • Connecticut Roundtable for Climate and Jobs and Amalgamated Transit Union
    • Action: All bus rides will be free to all riders; strongly encourage actions such as thanking your bus driver, placing a rose on a seat in honor of Rosa Parks and sharing your transit story in social media
    • Site: Norwich, Connecticut
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: All day
    • From the Organizers:This action will span all of Southeast Connecticut; free bus rides in Connecticut were organized by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1209 President/Business Agent Jerry Pizunski.
    • Contact: Taylor Mayes »

New Haven

  • 350CT / Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs
    • Action: Press Conference & Transit Equity Meet-Up
    • Site: New Haven Green, The Corner of Church and Chapel Street, New Haven (If weather is bad we will be on the second floor of City Hall)
    • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
    • Time: 11 a.m.
    • From the Organizers: veryone has the right to affordable, convenient transit. Join us as we call on our elected officials to fund and implement an equitable bus system and equal rights to public space for cyclists and pedestrians. We’ll raffle off free bus passes. Come tell your story and ride the bus!
        • Speakers include: Mayor Justin Elicker
        • New Haven State Rep. Roland Lemar, co-chair of General Assembly’s Transportation Committee
        • Aaron Goode, pedestrian safety advocate
        • Elaine Kolb, disability rights activist
        • Dottie Green, Rosa Parks Legacy
        • Ben Martin, 350 CT
        • Justin Farmer, cycling advocate
        • Doris Dumas, president of New Haven branch, NAACP
        • Ife Gardin, bus rider

      And we’ll be raffling off free 1 day and 10 day bus passes.

    • Contact: Taylor Mayes, Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

Georgia

Atlanta

  • Georgia Stand-Up
  • MARTA Army
    • Action: Better Buses, Better Cities Press Conference; Launch of transit catalog listing 25 of cities stops and the safety issues
    • Site: Five Points, 30 Alabama St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 10 a.m.
    • From the Organizers: We are crowd sourcing bus-stop data to ensure our stops and bus rides are safer and easier to use.
    • Contact: Bakari Height »

Illinois

Chicago

  • Active Transportation Alliance
  • University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety
    • Action: Tabling at the UIC School of Public Lobby
    • Site: 1603 W Taylor Street, Chicago
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: We are tabling to raise awareness about active campaigns to improve and make transportation more equitable in Chicago. We will be collecting stories from individuals about why they ride public transit.
    • Contact: Caitlin Donato, 312-996-0867

Massachusetts

Boston

  • Alternatives for community and environment (ACE) / T Riders Union — Riders Organizing for a Better Transit
    • Action: Bus ride in honor of Rosa Parks and rally for equity sustainability.
    • Site: (Ride #14 bus) Nubian Square-Dudley Station, Corinth St & Washington St, Boston, MA
    • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
    • Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    • From the Organizers: We will ride the route # 14 bus to the rally in Nubian Square-Dudley Station and speak up for Fair Fares for lower income riders, Free the T Campaign and zero emission electric buses at MBTA. The 14 bus was selected because the MBTA has whittled away at the schedule until it is now barely a viable transportation option with trips 45 minutes to an hour apart. The conundrum is now ridership has dropped due to the awful schedule and the schedule was cut again due to low ridership. The next day (see below), we will offer provide affordability recognition and commendations to transit Justice champions by Boston City Council.
    • Contact: Mela Miles, 617-212-3646

Worcester

  • Worcester Regional Transit Authority Fare Free Exploratory Coalition
    • Action: Zero Fare WRTA Exploratory Coalition Meeting
    • Site: Worcester Community Connections Coalition, 484 Main St., Suite 460, Worcester, MA 01608
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • From the Organizers: This will be a open coalition meeting for all riders, advocates, community leaders, and groups interested in collaborating to move the WRTA towards a no-fare system through community organizing, city and state policy advocacy, research, and channeling the resources of our local institutions towards building a better transportation experience for everyone in Worcester.
    • Contact: Zero Fare WRTA »

Maryland

Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

Michigan

Dearborn

  • Motor City Freedom Riders, City Hall Artspace and Downtown Dearborn Development Authority
    • Action: Viewing of “The Rosa Parks Story,” the award-winning 2002 biopic starring Angela Bassett
    • Site: Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126, steps away from Michigan Ave. DDOT and FAST bus stops
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 6:15 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: Screening will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. This is a family-friendly free event that is also part of Dearborn’s Black History Month celebration series.
    • Contact: D. Julia Kapilango »

Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul

  • Minnesota Transportation Forward coalition
    • TBD
  • Sierra Club Northstar Chapter
    • Action: Support for a resolution (more below)
    • Site: 350, S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: Celebrate Transit Equity Day as City of Minneapolis’ Transportation Committee votes on a resolution of support for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on I-94 for the environmental justice communities of North Minneapolis!
    • Contact: Joshua Houdek »

Missouri

St Louis

New Mexico

Albuquerque and Santa Fe

  • Together for Brothers
    • Action: In Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller will issue a proclamation and make all bus rides free for the day; Trip to Santa Fe for lobbying to state officials.
    • Site: Starting location TBD en route to Santa Fe
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: TBD
    • From the Organizers: Together for Brothers will travel to the state capital of Santa Fe to educate the state legislature about #TransitEquity and lobby for a #TransitEquity memorial and legislation; passes will be free for youth.
    • Contact: Chris Ramirez »

Oregon

Ashland

  • Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)
    • Action: Panel Presentations on Transit Equity
    • Site: Ashland Public Library, Gresham Room, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, Oregon
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: Presentations will include the history of Transit Equity Day and the impact transportation has on local greenhouse gas emissions; history of what local citizens have done regarding transportation; RVTD’s efforts to improve local transportation in the Valley; and how transit can provide an affordable system that also guarantees living wages and a safe working environment.
    • Contact: Louise Shawkat, SOCAN’s Transportation Project Leader

Portland

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia Transit Equity Day Coalition
    • Action: Community Town Hall
    • Site: Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, 1936 Judson St, Philadelphia, PA 19121
    • Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: Who better to come together to address the challenges impacting Philadelphians choice to choose public transit over other modes of transportation, than the people themselves? This year, the Philadelphia Transit Equity Day Coalition will gather local transit riders and residents to center our experiences and visions for public transit during a community town hall for our second annual Transit Equity Day celebration in North Philadelphia. Join us on Saturday, February 22nd for Octavius Catto’s birthday, at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs from 1-3 pm.
    • Contact: Steph Larsen »

Pittsburgh

  • Pittsburghers for Public Transit
    • Action: Fair Fares NOW: a Policy Platform Launch on Transit Equity Day
    • Site: South Ave & Hay St near MLK East Busway Wilkinsberg Station
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    • From the Organizers: #FairFares: its what our county needs to make transit accessible for all. Join a strong coalition of organizations as we launch a new #FairFares platform to transform Port Authority’s fare system to be affordable, accessible, and equitable for all riders in Allegheny County. This platform is the culmination of years of advocacy from thousands of Pittsburgh transit riders and partner organizations – from community actions around fare enforcement, to rallies supporting free transfers, to petitions for Fare Capping and lower cash fares – and has been led by Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Casa San Jose, Just Harvest, and the Thomas Merton Center. The coalition will launch the #FairFares platform on February 4th, 9am at South Ave & Hay St near MLK East Busway Wilkinsberg Station. This day marks the anniversary of Rosa Parks’s birth. It is celebrated in cities across the country as Transit Equity Day to honor and uphold her legacy. It is with her legacy and the legacy of other civil rights leaders that the #FairFares Coalition puts forward this campaign.
    • Contact: Laura Wiens, visit Facebook event page »

South Carolina

Charleston

  • Best Friends of Low Country Transit
    • Site: See itinerary below
    • Action: Educational campaigns and transit travel through Charleston, South Carolina
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: See itinerary below
    • From the Organizers: Our action will focus on local public education about post-Reconstruction efforts to desegregate public transportation. Particular attention to the history of Esau Jenkins who ran the transit system to African American communities. Itinerary includes:
      • 6:25 a.m.: Guided Transit Rides to Benne Breakfast
      • 7:45 a.m.: Benne Breakfast 4 Better Transit
      • 9:30 a.m.: Press Conference
      • 3:00 p.m.: Cougar Rapid Tomorrow
      • 6:00 p.m.: Transit Equity Town Hall
    • Contact: William Hamilton »

Columbia

Tennessee

Memphis

  • TBD

Nashville

  • Music City Riders United and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
    • Action: Press Conference featuring ATU and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    • Site: TBD
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: TBD
    • From the Organizers: Black and brown communities don’t have bus stops and where there are bus stops, most are simply signs on telephone poles. Our press conference will focus on safety and highlight some of the more dangerous stops.
    • Contact: Angelique Johnson »

Washington

Seattle

  • Sierra Club/ Seattle Transit Riders Union
    • Action: Talk to transit riders around downtown during rush hour to educate and mobilize
    • Site: Seattle Impact Hall (formerly Impact Hub), 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: Join us in the movement for equitable transit by reaching out to bus riders during rush hour on 2/4 and sharing with them how they can take action to: 1) Keep buses moving by supporting legislation against vehicles blocking the box; and 2) Expand free ORCA pass access through supporting the ORCA for All campaign. We’ll meet up at Seattle Impact Hall (formerly Impact Hub) at 4pm, and form small teams that will spread out to locations around downtown to talk with transit riders. Find us outside if the weather is nice, inside at the Impact Hall coffee shop if the weather is poor.
    • Contact: Brittney Bush Bollay, Sierra Club
  • King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight / Transportation Choices Coalition
    • Action: King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) and community partners will hold a news conference to introduce and distribute a new publication that will help transit riders understand the role of law enforcement on and around public transit.
    • Site: International District/Chinatown Link Light Rail Station (under the plaza Pergola), 5th Ave S. at S King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • From the Organizers: OLEO and community partners are releasing this publication on national Transit Equity Day to highlight the need to make public transit safe and more accessible for all transit riders. Rosa Parks has shown us that public transportation is a medium in which to advance racial equity and social justice. This day was chosen to uphold her legacy as it falls on her birthday, February 4, 2020. OLEO’s new publication will give information to transit riders about the presence of law enforcement on King County Metro and Sound Transit trains and will also be in Spanish and Chinese. The goal of this publication is the help empower transit riders, so they feel comfortable asking questions and/or entering a bus or station with law enforcement present. For more information about OLEO and what we do, please visit: www.kingcounty.gov/OLEO
    • Contact: Jenna Franklin »

Wisconsin

Appleton

  • Empowerment Solidarity Truth Hope Equity (ESTHER)
    • Action: ESTHER will display a Transit Equity poster and hand out paper roses in honor of Rosa Parks’ work for civil rights and a connection to transportation rights.
    • Site: Downtown Valley Transit Center
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • From the Organizer: Transit is essential to widening opportunities for all. We also are handing out a card about transit equity day and a transit equity button. We plan to have a live Facebook event at 10:30 which will be shared to ESTHER’s Facebook page. Videos of short interviews with bus riders will also be shared with ESTHER and Sierra club social media. Media is invited to highlight our recognition of Transit Equity.
    • Contact: Connie Kanitz, 920-858-2496

Madison

  • Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter
    • Action: Distributing flyers at a transfer station
    • Site: TBD
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: TBD
    • From the Organizers: We will be flyering at a transfer station. Exact location and time TBD.
    • Contact: Cassie Steiner, 608-256-0565

Milwaukee

  • Wisconsin Green Muslims
    • Action: Presentation on Transit Equity Day by Huda Alkaff
    • Site: Islamic Da’wa Center, 5135 N Teutonia Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: 10 a.m.
    • From the Organizers: Huda is the founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims
    • Contact: Huda Alkaff »

Oshkosh

  • ESTHER Oshkosh (Wisdom for Justice) 
    • Action: Handing out TED buttons to riders and talking to them about Transit Equity Day.
    • Site: Go Transit, 926 Dempsey Trail, Oshkosh, WI 54902
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: TBD
    • From the Organizers: Facebook and local media outreach, as well as our Mayor to participate.
    • Contact: Deb Martin »

Waukesha

  • Stewards of Prophetic, Hopeful Intentional Action (SOPHIA) and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998
    • Action: SOPHIA and ATU 998 putting a rose and a poster on each of the 15 buses that run in Waukesha
    • Site: Buses in Waukesha
    • Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    • Time: Featured on all routes
    • From the Organizers: The poster shows the photo of Rosa Parks on the bus and says, “On the anniversary of her birthday, SOPHIA and ATU 998 salute Rosa Parks whose quiet strength made a seat available for everyone. Her act of resistance highlights the rights of all people to high-quality public transportation powered by clean/renewable energy.
    • Contact: Barbara Pfarr, 414-841-2762