Free Rides On Public Transit In Honor Of Rosa Parks Birthday
Credit: Library of Congress

PORTLAND, Ore. – Friday marks Transit Equity Day.  This year, it comes on what would’ve been the 109th birthday of civil right icon Rosa Parks.

Rides are free on TriMet buses, MAX trains, WES, LIFT, the Portland Streetcar and C-TRAN in honor of Parks.

In 2020, TriMet passed a resolution declaring Rosa Parks birthday as a day of remembrance.

Parks in 1955 refused to give up her seat on a bus while riding home from her job at a department store in Montgomery, Alabama.  An ordinance required black passengers to give up their seat to white people if the bus filled up.  Her act of civil disobedience resulted in arrest and set in motion a national march toward racial equality.

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