On Tuesday, September 20th public transit riders, advocates, and employees are joining for a nation-wide event, Don’t X Out Public Transportation. Rallies are planned for over two dozen cities around the country to call on Congress to support investments public transportation; and also to oppose a proposal from the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut transit funding by more than one third.
Such a drastic cut would likely result in major service cuts and fare increases that would leave millions of Americans, particularly low-income people and communities of color, stranded without transportation options:
- Nearly 60 percent of households without vehicles have incomes below 80 percent of their region’s median income.
- Over 27 percent of Latino and 25 percent of African American households in metropolitan areas have no access a vehicle.
Preserving and enhancing our public transportation system is a critical investment for a more inclusive nation. Visit the Don’t X Out Public Transportation website to get information about joining a rally in your community. Also, stayed tuned to EquityBlog for additional updates on how you can get engaged in building a more equitable transportation system in America.