EARTH DAY: It’s Time to Make Better Transportation Decisions

Earth Day is a time when we consider how decisions we make this year, and next, will impact the future happiness and health of the people we love, and all people on the planet. One crucial part of this is how we move ourselves and goods from place to place. Earth Day is more than a time for reflection — it is a call to action.

Report: Good Transit Requires Well Paid Union Workers

inside of a bus

In the last two decades, starting wages for our nation’s bus operators have fallen seriously behind the cost of living. Along with a host of unsatisfactory working conditions, the result has been a historic, and in many cases dire, volume of vacancies for frontline transit operations jobs. This state of affairs has resulted in less-frequent, less-reliable service for riders and, in an increasing number of cases, devastating service cuts. This report presents bus operator wages as compared with Area Median Income in 30 cities across the U.S. Before it is too late, our decision makers must do everything in their power to make sure frontline transit workers are paid a living wage and that local transit agencies can sustain their critical workforce.

Report: 3 Ways to make bus driving a better job

Miami Metrobus

From New Jersey to Denver to Los Angeles, transit agencies across the US are experiencing an alarming bus operator shortage. Driving a bus was once considered a stable path to the middle class, but the profession is now having difficulty with recruitment and retention. Bus operator positions now turn over more than any other at transit agencies.

Report: Investing in the Transit Workforce for Stronger Communities

Transit plays a central role in providing access to schools, jobs, medical care, parks, grocery stores, and other everyday necessities. For decades, the United States has underinvested in this essential building block for economic mobility and equitable prosperity. Transit is also a vital climate solution, providing the fastest pathway for cutting transportation emissions. Ambitious investment in reliable, fast, and affordable public transit systems will help communities flourish and support an economy that works for all.


RESULTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOBILIZING AND MOVING COMMUNITIES The national movement for better transit has achieved some big victories over the last couple of years, like securing an unprecedented level of COVID relief funding for transit from the federal government. But if we’re going to actually shift the current transportation paradigm and give people genuine […]


ON TRANSIT EQUITY DAY 2022, TRANSIT RIDERS AND WORKERS JOIN TOGETHER TO CALL FOR PRIORITIZING WORKFORCE INVESTMENTS A new report by the Alliance for a Just Society, the Labor Network for Sustainability, and TransitCenter shows how inadequate investments in our public transit workforce have resulted in service cuts in cities, towns, and states across the […]


NEW REPORTS FROM 7 KEY STATES SHOW HOW CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON TRANSIT FUNDING WILL LEAD TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY A series of reports released today by Just Strategy and the National Campaign for Transit Justice show that if Congress acts this summer to fully fund public transit—including operational funds—states and cities would see significant economic and […]