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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.


A main goal of Transit Equity Day is to support the efforts of many people who are already working to support public transit in their communities. Thousands of people in the U.S. are already organizing campaigns through their unions and organizations. We would love to highlight your work and connect it to the broader network of activities on February 4, 2019. Please note that some groups are planning activities into the week of February 11. So if you can’t organize something for February 4, no worries - we would love to have your organization connect with this important national effort. Please email us at TransitEquity@labor4sustainability.org for more information.


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. 

A just transition requires that we uphold worker and civil rights. This means that everyone should have the right and access to free (or at least affordable) public transportation regardless of age, race, or class. It also includes supporting the rights of workers to organize in the sectors that will build, operate and maintain public transportation infrastructure, as well as provide the services.

We also want to promote the principle of public vs. private investment in public transportation - the need for public resources and infrastructure (public transportation, public regulation of our energy systems, a stronger public sector overall, etc.), to lead and administer the transition to fossil fuel free public transportation.

This ORGANIZING TOOLKIT will provide you with resources that will help you to organize your own activities the beginning February 4, 2019 and ways to connect to the broader network of organizations that will be taking action.

We also invite you to join us for a Social Media Launch towards Transit Equity Day on December 21, 2018!

December 21 was the day that the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott officially ended after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to integrate the bus system. To participate on December 21 please contact us at TransitEquity@labor4sustainability.org.

February 4th, 2019 12:00 AM through February 17th, 2019 12:00 AM