A collage of picture depicting the diversity of transit riders.

Mobility Justice 

Find our complete mobility justice resource list here

Bulldozed and bisected: Highway construction built a legacy of inequality. Although agencies are belatedly recognizing the harm they caused, in many cases, plans are reopening old wounds and leading to protracted debates that politicians and engineers are struggling to solve.

Traffic deaths increased during the pandemic. The toll fell more heavily on Black residents, report shows. A new analysis found that even before 2020′s increase, Black people were killed on roads at a rate almost 25 percent higher than White people. 

Opinion: Transit equity should be a priority in D.C.’s budget. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s (D) 2022 proposed budget slowly but steadily advances the largest transportation equity project in D.C. in nearly 30 years. 

Victims of traffic fatalities are disproportionately Black and Native. Charles Brown, President and CEO of Equitable Cities assesses the rise in traffic fatalities. A 2021 report from Smart Growth America showed Black pedestrians were 82 percent more likely to get hit by drivers. 

Mobility is a human right. In 2020, Metro began a collaboration with Youth for Equitable Streets (Y.E.S.) on a youth-led research project about how Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color in South King County use transit.

TCC Updates 

Changes and new staff at TCC! 

From left to right: Kelsey Mesher (she/her), McKenna Lux (she/her) and (Autumn Sharp (she/her)

Kelsey Mesher takes on a new role as Deputy Director of TCC! As Deputy Director, Kelsey will boost TCC’s leadership capacity, with a focus on making the organization a great place to do great work. She will focus on supporting staff and their development, creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, collaborating with the Executive Director on strategic direction and growth, and growing and strengthening TCC’s membership and sponsorship programs. 

As our new Events Specialist, McKenna Lux brings experience in community outreach and civic engagement from her previous roles with Congresswoman Jayapal’s district office and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Washington State. McKenna envisions a world where transit empowers communities and is thrilled to join TCC’s efforts to bring more and better transit choices to all Washingtonians.

A life-long walker and avid transit-rider, Autumn Sharp joins TCC as the Communications Manager. She brings years of communications experience in public and private sectors, and is passionate about uplifting underrepresented voices through vibrant communications. She is excited to engage conversations at TCC to advance mobility justice and racial equity across Washington. 

Ride Transit Month
Thanks for joining us for Ride Transit Month 2021! 

We wrapped up Ride Transit Month on Wednesday June 30th with our Resilient Riders event, where we honored the dedicated transit operators and riders who kept us moving through the pandemic and celebrated transit through storytelling, games, movement, and discussion. Visit our YouTube Channel to watch our speakers from this event as well as the full video of our Transit Talk: A Just Recovery Will Take Transit, attended by over 150 people from across the country.

Join the FUND PUBLIC TRANSIT movement! 

Hundreds of people all over the country have purchased their FUND PUBLIC TRANSIT t-shirts, tanks, and sweatshirts. Due to popular demand we are keeping these items available for another month! Additionally, we are adding new items throughout the month of July, starting with FUND PUBLIC TRANSIT mugs.

Get Engaged

Write your rep: Co-Sponsor the Stronger Communities through Better Transit Act! The Stronger Communities through Better Transit Act recognizes that building back better means investing in our public transit systems, particularly in transit operations. Ask your representative to co-sponsor this important bill. 

PSRC Future Transportation Survey. PSRC is developing the next Regional Transportation Plan. The plan is updated every four years per federal law and will respond to the priorities and growth strategy identified in VISION 2050. Your answers to this survey will help PSRC plan for all aspects of the transportation system.

Sound Transit seeking public comment on Tacoma Link fare options. Sound Transit has provided fare-free light rail service on Tacoma Link since its launch in 2003. An online survey for public comment is available now through July 25. You may also email your comments to fares@soundtransit.org or call 1-800-201-4900. A virtual public hearing on the Tacoma Link fare options will be held at 9:30am on Thursday, July 15. 

America Walks Webinar: Authentic Community Engagement – Best Practices for Equitable Work. Join America Walks on July 14, 11am  to 12pm, for presentations and Q & A with transportation professionals, nonprofit leaders, and equitable engagement experts around what it means to build community engagement.

Eno Transportation Webinar: COVID-19 Mobility Adaptations: Building a Knowledge Base for New Practices. This webinar, July 08, 2021 from 11am to 12pm PT will highlight research that seeks to identify and develop new best practices for providing timely, safe, and equitable walking and cycling facilities.

A Closer Look: Human Trafficking & the Bus System. Join Busing on the Lookout this August for a summer webinar series that will take a closer look at the issue of human trafficking. Webinars will be each Wednesday in August at 2pm ET.

Conversations with Mayoral Candidates: Reaching Seattle’s 2030 Climate Goals. Join SeattleClimate.org on Thursday, July 8th 2021 from 6-8pm to find out what the Mayoral Candidates have to say about climate, equity and decarbonization in a series of one-on-one interviews. Register Here.

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) is looking for public input on its proposed ferry fare increases over the next two years. You can submit your comments through Friday, July 30, as well as at the commission’s final hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

The WSTC’s is also gathering public comment on toll rate changes under consideration for the SR 520 Floating Bridge, the SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the SR 99 Tunnel. The online input forum can be found at 2021 Toll Rate Change Options.

Take Action

Tell Puget Sound Regional Council: Equity Matters in Regional Transportation Policy

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), an organization comprised of more than 100 members that makes decisions about transportation, land use, and economic growth in Washington, is currently considering changes to how they approach equity in transportation funding decisions. These changes are a great improvement to PSRC’s current approach to equity, and we support them!

Support our Resilience + Recovery Fund

Transit and inclusive transportation options will be an integral part of Washington’s recovery as well as an important piece of our continued effort to correct racial and economic injustice. In the months and years ahead, our efforts to fund transit in Washington will be more necessary than ever.

Join us in donating to the Fund today:

Staff Pick

“I just read an amazing book and I wanted to share it with you all, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor. The book takes a historical look at black travel from the Jim Crow era into the Civil Rights Movement and celebrates the people and businesses who took a stand against segregation from 1936-1967 (the publication period of the Green Book). I started with the audio book but also grabbed a copy of the printed book for the photos and list of Green Book sites still operating. Happy reading!”

Gardner Urena
Senior Development Manager

Meme in Motion

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