Discrimination in Transportation: Who Decides?

By Mutsumi R. Mizuno 

This time, the question is not whether Rosa Parks can sit at the front of the bus – it's whether she gets to ride the bus at all. While discrimination in transportation is no longer a matter of overt racism, many poor working people find public transportation services inadequate. And because the costs of owning and driving a car are high, private automobile transportation is not an easy option.

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Transportation and Social Justice (Fall 1995)

Special Issue (Vol. 6, No. 1: Fall 1995)

Our transportation system can tell us a lot about U.S. society. It can tell us about racism, economic injustice environmental stresses are exacerbated, leaving those most and environmental degradation. The patterns of our complex historical development as a nation - economic, social, cultural, political, environmental – are embedded in a transportation system many people take for granted. It is a system destabilizes urban core communities and does not serve the needs of many people of color, women, working, poor, young, elderly and disabled people in urban, rural and Native American tribal communities alike.

MTC Votes 8-5 Against Environmental Justice Principles

On March 22, 2006 the full Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted 8-5  to delay adopting the the Environmental Justice Principles proposed by the Minority Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC). (For more information see the full story.)

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Community Demands Transportation Justice

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Sylvia Darensberg, Plaintiff against MTC in discrimination case

Fifty years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, transportation equity is still a crucial issue for communities of color across the country. While legal segregation of public transportation is a thing of the past, one only has to step onto any urban bus system to see that racial inequality is alive and well in the United States. The passing of Rosa Parks, a pioneer of transportation justice, reminds us of the distance we have traveled, and is a fitting occasion for a rededication to undertaking the hard journey toward justice.

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Demand Environmental Justice from the MTC

On March 22 at 10:10am the Environmental Justice Principles proposed by the Minority Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC) of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will go before the full MTC Commission for adoption. An alternative, weaker version of EJ Principles proposed by the MTCs General Counsel will also go before the Commission.

Please call the MTC’s Commissioners and urge them to adopt the MCAC’s Environmental Justice Principles as they are. Their contact information is below.

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MTC Stalls Adoption of EJ Principles

Earlier this month, the MTC’s Minority Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC) proposed Environmental Justice Principles before the MTC’s Legislation Committee. The MTC’s Legislation Committee decided to further postpone the adoption and thus, the implementation of the EJ principles.
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