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Public transit users take 30 percent more steps and spend roughly eight more minutes walking each day than drivers.

Join us on Transit Equity Day, Thursday, Feb. 4

For the past four years on February 4, a network of transit rider unions, community organizations, environmental groups, and labor unions have organized Transit Equity Day.

Transit Equity Day serves as a national day of action that commemorates the birthday of Rosa Parks while reminding us that public transit is a civil right.

We hope you can join us for Chicago’s first Transit Equity Day celebration on February 4 at noon. This virtual event will feature U.S. Representative Jesús G. “Chuy” García, U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, and other community leaders who will discuss the critical nature of transit in creating greater equity in the Chicago region as we recover from the COVID crisis.

Rosa Parks is an iconic figure of the Civil Rights era who bravely chose the tactic of refusing to give up her seat on the bus to demand an end to segregation in the Montgomery, Alabama, transit system.

Transit Equity Day highlights Parks’ act of resistance and connects it to the right of all people and communities today to have high-quality public transportation that runs on clean, renewable energy.

Speakers: 

  • Jesús G. “Chuy” García, U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 4th District
  • Robin Kelly, U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 2nd District
  • Andrea Reed, Executive Director, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for a Better Metra Electric
  • Keith Hill, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241
  • Zair Menjivar, Belmont Cragin Youth Leadership Council, Northwest Side Housing Center

Moderator:

  • Lynda Lopez, Advocacy Manager, Active Transportation Alliance

RSVP for our virtual Transit Equity Day event now! (RSVP required to receive Zoom link.)

Thanks to our event partners Metropolitan Planning Council and Chicago Jobs with Justice. Please email julia@activetrans.org with any accessibility needs or questions. We will also stream live on the Active Transportation Alliance Facebook page.