Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SunRail should run on MLK's birthday

Ironic that SunRail is suspending service this coming Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

MLK on left
History shows that Dr. King first became widely known for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955- 1956 to fight for fair treatment on public transportation.

Monday should be a celebration of public transportation and Dr. King's vision of equality.

Just because MLK’s birthday is a legal holiday doesn’t mean that no one has to go to work. In addition to public safety workers and hospital caregivers, typically the people who have to work on the holiday are those who get paid the least – the very people Dr. King sacrificed his life to help.

Public transportation isn’t a luxury. It’s essential. We need better SunRail service than we’re getting.

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