Transportation Choices is proud to announce our 2022 inductees into our Hall of Fame! This year’s awardees represent a diverse group of individuals and coalitions that are fighting for sustainable and equitable transportation systems that serve ALL people regardless of income, race, age or ability. Our list includes state legislators, local activists, and agency leaders from across our state. We are honored to celebrate this incredible group.
Join us as we honor our awardees in-person at our 2022 Tuxes & Trains gala fundraiser on Oct. 1st at MoPOP.
Senator Marko Liias and Representative Jake Fey
Earlier this Spring, Senator Marko Liias and Representative Jake Fey led the legislature in the development and passage of Move Ahead Washington — a historic 16-year transportation package for Washington state. This landmark package will more than triple the amount Washington invests in transit and active transportation while providing funds for transit agencies to go fare-free for riders 18 and under. Allocating $5.2 billion for improved walking, biking, and transit options; this transformative investment moves us toward a future with accessible and robust public transportation, connected communities, green jobs, and clean air and water. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of Senator Liias and Representative Fey.
Affectionately known as the grandfather of public transportation in the Tri-Cities, Ed Frost served as the general manager of Franklin and Benton counties’ Ben Franklin Transit for 27 years. During his time, he grew the agency from its beginnings as a controversial ballot measure in the 1980s to a critical part of the community. At his retirement in 2009, a bus stop on N Huntington St in Kennewick was named the Ed G. Frost Transit Center.
Frost later came out of retirement to serve as the interim general manager of Ben Franklin Transit in early 2022, shepherding the agency through a challenging time and successfully defending it against transit service cuts. Ed Frost retired for the second and final time this summer.
Helmet Law Working Group
The Helmet Law Working Group was formed in the summer of 2020 by Central Seattle Greenways. Its members include Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Bikes, Real Change, and individuals from other transportation and equity-focused groups. The group’s goal is to minimize unnecessary contact between police and people who bike. Evidence shows that helmet laws are often enforced in biased and racist ways with Black, Indigenous, people of color, and those experiencing homelessness ticketed and stopped at far higher rates.
Due to the working group’s incredible research and organizing, the King County Board of Health voted in February 2022 to repeal a law requiring every bicyclist to wear a helmet. The Working Group is pro-helmet, but does not believe enforcement is the best method to encourage safe biking. They are deeply concerned about the negative impacts helmet laws have had on our unhoused neighbors and communities of color. This repeal was a significant step towards a more racially just transportation system.
Ben Franklin Transit Coalition
When the Ben Franklin Transit Board of Directors tried to slash funding, a number of organizations on the ground in the Tri-Cities banded together to protect critical bus service, operations, and infrastructure. The Ben Franklin Transit Coalition effectively organized the community and stopped the Board from cutting up to 20% of transit service. These efforts also ensured the agency is eligible for up to $75 million in additional funding from the state. Thanks to the Coalition, people in the Tri-Cities area can continue to depend on the vital transit services to get them to where they need to go.