AC transit bus picking up public transit riders

Transportation Justice

Inadequate public transit threatens the common good for all Californians, but its most devastating effects fall on low-income and minority families without a car.  Unlike suburban commuters who use public transit for work purposes but also have the option of using their cars, low-income people of color are overwhelmingly dependent on urban bus service to get to work, school, grocery stores, health and social services, and other essential destinations. Simply put, bus service is the transportation safety-net for low-income communities of color.

We are working to obtain equitable funding, and a fair share of funding benefits, for bus riders through a mix of legal and community strategies.

For a general introduction to transportation as a civil rights issue in American history, we recommend that you read Lessons from the History of Transportation Justice. You can also listen to Public Radio's WNYC Back of the Bus: Mass transit, race and inequality. This one hour documentary includes a description of the Oakland Airport Connector, which you can read more about below.

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Topics & Projects

Civil Rights Enforcement

Legal and administrative actions to ensure that investments in transportation benefit all communities equitably and comply with the non-discrimination requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Community & State Campaigns

We are involved in a number of local efforts to build support for transportation justice issues. In addition, we're developing relationships with groups throughout California to connect local transit equity and housing campaigns to SB 375 efforts statewide.

National Campaigns

Collaborations with transit riders and advocates across the country to support federal policies that increase funding for public transportation service and strengthen civil rights safeguards.