Meeting Tuesday night on the social and equity aspects of local transportation

A discussion of how local transit is crucial for jobs and economic opportunities in the community will be held Tuesday night in St. Paul.

Transit for Livable Communities is sponsoring the event, called: “Everyone Deserves a Seat.” It’s billed as a “Transportation, Jobs, and Equity Forum.”

Organizers say the program will examine “the economic opportunities and social benefits of building out our transportation system.” And it will look at how transit dependent neighborhoods and communities of color are shaping plans for these public projects and also looking to leverage their economic development potential.

National speakers are:

  • Larry Hanley, Amalgamated Transit Union
  •  Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First
  •  Andrew Austin, Americans for Transit

Local panelists include:

  • Louis King, Summit Academy OIC
  • Dorothy Maki, ATU Local 1005
  • Barb Thoman, Transit for Livable Communities

The event begins with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. The program from 6 to 8 p.m., is free, but registration is required. Email or call 651-789-1406.

The location is the Carpenters Local Union 322, 730 Olive St., St. Paul. Appropriately, organizers note that the site is accessible via Metro Transit bus route 64.

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