Feb 5, 2024
Cleveland, OH -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) honors Transit Equity Day, a national day of action that commemorates the birthday of Rosa Parks while reminding us that public transit is a civil right.
Rosa Parks is an iconic figure of the Civil Rights era who bravely chose the tactic of refusing to give up her seat on the bus to demand an end to segregation in the Montgomery, Alabama, transit system.
Transit Equity Day highlights Parks’ act of resistance and connects it to the right of all people and communities today to have high-quality public transportation.
"As a public agency, we employ and serve a diverse population. We seek to promote and support diversity and inclusion across all areas of GCRTA and the communities we serve," said GCRTA General Manager, Chief Executive Officer India L. Birdsong Terry. "We must set an example for others to follow; we must do our part to embrace one another with respect, dignity, and empathy in order to drive positive change."
GCRTA is committed to providing equitable transportation options for all through the creation of innovative mobility solutions. Today, GCRTA is honored to celebrate Ms. Parks for her pivotal role as a powerful advocate for access and equal rights in our nation’s transportation history.
RTA was formed in 1974 with the mission of providing public transit services to the 59 communities and 1.2 million residents of Cuyahoga County. As the largest public transit agency in the State of Ohio, and the only one with rail service, RTA’s service options include bus, BRT, trolley, paratransit and three rail lines. RTA makes connections that empower individuals, neighborhoods, and communities to rise.