Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change.
We are choosing Rosa Parks’ birthday because she is an iconic figure of the civil rights era who chose the tactic of refusing to give up her seat on the bus. We want to make the connection to this act of resistance to highlight the rights of all people to high-quality public transportation powered by clean/renewable energy. This day of action will also help to enforce a broader strategy that promotes a “full spectrum” just transition from the fossil fuel economy (energy, energy efficiency, transportation, waste, agriculture…) to clean, renewable energy as part of confronting the climate crisis. Increasing, non-fossil fuel, public transportation is a foundation to achieving this transition.
Save Our System will be hosting a press conference to highlight our "Make it Fair" platform which calls for more equitable and accessible WMATA fares and service through:
-A $2 flat fare with free transfers between bus/bus, bus/rail, rail/rail
-Bringing back late night service
-Fully funding the DC Adult Learner Pass Program
-Strengthening existing safety nets like the DC ONE card
-Implementing a WMATA low-income pass program
-Amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and SOS partners working to reduce criminal charges and fines associated fare payment enforcement in DC
- February 05, 2018 at 4pm – 5pm
- Steps of the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave Washington, DC