Transit Equity in Connecticut

Transit Equity Day poster - "Dedicated to the Memory of Rosa Parks"

Transit Equity Day is observed annually on February 4th to commemorate the life and legacy of Rosa Parks on her birthday. Rosa Parks became a key figure in the Civil Rights era when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama public transit bus and was arrested in 1955. Her actions sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring segregation on buses unconstitutional. The actions and legacy of Rosa Parks is intrinsically tied to the concept of transit equity for all. (Learn more about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the Library of Congress).

Transit Equity quote: "I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom." - Rosa Parks

CTDOT is committed to providing equitable transportation for all. Connecticut is stronger when everyone has access to reliable and affordable transportation. Public transportation connects people to jobs, health care, schools, grocery stores, housing, and more, and CTDOT is always striving to eliminate barriers to transit.

Transit and COVID 19

The COVID 19 pandemic revealed much about the state of work in this country. Employees working in essential services like food and agriculture, emergency services, transportation and transit, healthcare, industrial services, residential facilities, and grocery stores, weren’t provided with or didn’t have the option to work from home. Connecticut transit services have continued operating throughout the pandemic ensuring equitable access to employment and wages for many, who in turn kept essential services running.  Transit systems in Connecticut have and will continue to distribute masks to passengers to ensure everyone’s safety when using public transportation. 

Transportation and Climate Initiative

Equitable transportation in Connecticut includes investing in clean transportation options and infrastructure. On December 21, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to work toward implementation of the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P). TCI-P is a historic multi-jurisdictional collaboration to cap and reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector and accelerate transportation investments for overburdened and underserved populations in Connecticut and the region.

Electric Bus Program

The accessibility to clean, zero emission electric buses is an integral component of a just transition to clean transportation for communities and population sectors that have been historically more burdened by the adverse health effects of transportation pollution. For more information, see the CTDOT Electric Bus Initiative and the status of CTDOT’s current electric bus projects.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

CTDOT works closely with the Federal Transit Administration to meet its Title VI program requirements which help ensure our public transportation service is provided in a nondiscriminatory manner, promote full participation in decision-making without regard to race, color, or national origin, and ensure meaningful access by persons with limited English proficiency.

 

Further information:

Along the Lines is a podcast with CTDOT Public Transportation Bureau Chief Rich Andreski and often touches upon equity issues. Episode 3 was solely focused on social equity. Available on AppleGoogleSoundcloudLibsyn and Spotify

Free WiFi is provided on CTtransit buses statewide to help all passengers navigate the system and keep riders connected while they ride. For more information, visit CTtransit.