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From Reduced Schedules to “Essential” Service: Advancing Transit Equity

April 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Whether or not we ride the bus or utilize Metro Mobility, everyone in the Twin Cities relies on public transit. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into the spotlight how “essential” workers — who are disproportionately low-wealth, immigrant and communities of color — make life possible for all of us. It has also revealed the racialized and ableist gaps in the essential services those workers need to protect their health and meet their daily needs — including safe, reliable public transit.

Rather than prioritizing the needs of frontline workers, including transit drivers, and the mobility of people with disabilities, we’ve seen deep cuts in service and an alarming uptick in toxic narratives about public transit. How do we proactively combat the current and coming attacks on our already dramatically under-funded and inequitable transit system while also boldly asserting the sweeping changes necessary to prioritize the needs of essential workers, people with disabilities and communities of color not just now, but far beyond this current crisis?

Join us for a virtual discussion on April 24! Speakers will include:

  • Amity Foster, Twin Cities Transit Riders Union
  • Charles Frempong-Longdon, Sierra Club North Star Chapter
  • Finn McGarrity, Move MN
  • Nikki Villavicencio, Disability Rights Activist; ADAPT Member
  • and more!

Please be sure to register through Eventbrite so you will receive the Zoom link to join the meeting!


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