Passenger Transport July 2020 Vol 78 No 14 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS	

MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020

| VOLUME 78, NO. 14

Celebrating Pride Month
And LGBTQ People in the
Public Transit Industry
Rendering of a stop along PSTA's SunRunner BRT line.

PSTA Unveils
Tampa Bay's
First BRT
THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY (PSTA),
St. Petersburg, FL, has unveiled the name, logo and station design for the region's first BRT system. "SunRunner"
will connect Pinellas County's beaches with downtown St.
Petersburg.
"The name, design and colors are symbolic of the local
flare, and fittingly the SunRunner will operate from where the
sun rises to where the sun sets," said Brad Miller, PSTA chief
executive officer.
The 10.3-mile, 16-stop BRT line will feature semi-dedicated
lanes, limited stops and safety enhancements including level
boarding platforms and ADA-compliant crosswalks. Some
station designs will incorporate work by local artist Catherine Woods. Art glass will function as a visual "love letter" to
St. Petersburg, incorporating images of local flora and fauna
and architecture. SunRunner 40-foot buses will also feature artwork by Chad Mize and include an iconic "Mr. Sun"
image.
"Incorporating art into this project was both important and
fitting given St. Petersburg's connection and support of the
arts," said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "This area is
also known for its vibrant, colorful street art, from murals to
sculptures. The art scene is alive and well in our community
and the locals are proud of it and I'm glad it's reflected in
this critical project."
PSTA is expected to break ground on the line in late
summer, with buses arriving in 2021 and completion of the
project in early 2022.

This June commemorated the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall
Inn uprising of June 28, 1969, which is viewed by many as
sparking the movement for LGBTQ rights in the United States.
People of color and trans people played a pivotal role, illustrating
the intersectional nature of the LGBTQ community.
UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS WHERE PEOPLE
thronged to the Greenwich Village institution,
this year was a somber event. The Inn has been
shuttered for three months due to COVID-19.
Another victim of COVID, Pride Month this year
was not celebrated with colorful marches in
New York or in any other cities across the U.S.
Instead, people watched virtual events-from
their homes. While the events may have been
somewhat subdued, the sentiment was never-
theless strong: every person deserves to be
treated equitably and fairly.
In the decades that followed the Stonewall
riots, the LGBTQ community has seen some
progress in the struggle for equality. On June
15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal
law prohibits employment discrimination based
on sexual orientation and gender identity. This
decision is critical in that it protects gay, lesbian
and transgender individuals from discrimination
in workplaces across the country. But this victory
was a long time coming.
The LGBTQ community is committed to ensuring that every person is treated equitably and
fairly. It embraces all movements for justice-
including Black Lives Matter.
In this issue of Passenger Transport, APTA
members and staff talk about their experi-

New Hope for an Old Battle
BY CHRISTIAN T. KENT
Principal
Christian T. Kent, Transit Management
Consulting, LLC

Happy Birthday, FTA!
ON JULY 9, 1964, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration was created, which eventually became the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA). Today, FTA works to support
public transportation for America's communities through rail,
bus, ferry and other services.

ences-personally and in the workplace-and
how mobility and public transit can advance the
LGBTQ community at large.
In years past, transit agencies have conducted special marketing on social media and
on their vehicles to commemorate Pride Month;
they have expanded service to accommodate parades in major cities; and made safety
improvements for LGBTQ riders. Internally, many
agencies have been making strides by expanding diversity and inclusion policies and centering
equity in their service planning. With renewed
calls for racial justice and with major COVID-19
service disruptions this year, agencies can build
on progress made and make their service more
equitable and accessible to all.
In this ONE-QUESTION feature, Passenger
Transport asks: In
remembrance of the
Stonewall riots 51
years ago when a
community rose up
against police brutality and advanced a
movement for LGBTQ
rights, how can the
public transit industry work to promote and
embrace LGBTQ rights and equity issues?

WITH CIVIL RIGHTS NOW
at the height of public consciousness, we are asking
ourselves why the scenes
we are seeing today are so
painfully familiar. Sadly, there
has been a recurring pattern
through the years as minori-

ties in America have been subjected to discrimination and inhumane treatment by their fellow
citizens and by law enforcement. The LGBTQ
community, too, is recalling its own civil rights
history and reflecting on why old battles thought
to have been won must be fought anew and
what we can do to prevent them from happening
again.
"Stonewall" has great meaning for the LGBTQ
community because it refers to the site (The

ONE QUESTION: CHRISTIAN KENT
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