With emergency funds from the American Rescue Plan in hand, transit agencies are beginning to recover from the depths of the pandemic. But they still must contend with a host of challenges, including depressed ridership demand, operator shortages, the unpredictable trajectory of COVID, new travel patterns due to telework, and long-term budget uncertainty.
The past year has also brought increased attention to the travel needs of essential workers – who are disproportionately people of color – and to systemic racism following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and others at the hands of law enforcement.
The future of transit hinges on equitable service restoration that meets the needs of people who rely on buses and trains the most. This event will explore how, in this moment of recovery, transit agencies can finally recognize and prioritize riders of color and low-income riders.
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Terry White, General Manager, King County Metro
Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President, Government Affairs, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Tom Pera, Program Associate, Agency Practice, TransitCenter
Photo credit: King County Metro