On Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 members of the Philly Transit Riders Union (TRU) along with other transit organizations embarked on a bus trip from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to rally on the capitol steps and introduce legislators to a public transit funding platform written by transit riders and workers.
The Philly TRU had a moment in the spotlight as it was the only organization from Philadelphia that spoke at the rally about the importance of public transit. Transit for All PA is seeking $1.65 billion dollars of dedicated funding annually to expand public transit in Pennsylvania.
Speaking on behalf of Southeastern Pennsylvania was transit operator and TRU founding member Marcus McKnight, who said:
“Public transit shouldn’t be looked at as a rich versus poor, urban versus rural or Democratic versus Republican issue. It’s a service that affects ALL our lives, statewide, and needs to be funded so that we can make the best of our everyday lives”
After speaking with transit riders and workers, three Pennsylvania legislators signed on the Transit For All PA platform for $1.65 billion in dedicated funding to expand public transit. Thank you to Senator Kane and Senator Kearney of the Senate Transportation Committee and Representative Hohenstein of the House Transportation Committee for your support for the platform.
This is a very positive step in the right direction, but the fight for dedicated funding for public transit across the Commonwealth is not over– we still need you to write your legislator in support of the public transit platform that Pennsylvanians deserve.
Thank you to all of our members who have worked diligently to make this event happen. If you want to organize for public transit in the Delaware Valley and statewide, join the Philly Transit Riders Union.