CATS offering free rides in honor of Rosa Parks, transit equity

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – The Charlotte Area Transit System is offering free rides this weekend in the name of equity.

CATS’ fare-free transit service will occur Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4, the first weekend of Black History Month, in observance of Transit Equity Day. It includes both bus and rail rides. The move is a tribute to the impact of civil rights activist Rosa Parks and her role in promoting equity and accessibility in public transportation.

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Transit Equity Day is a nationally observed event on Feb. 4, commemorating what would have been Parks’ 111th birthday. Parks is celebrated for her stand against racial segregation and discrimination, a pivotal moment in the U.S. civil rights movement.

“Her act of courage on a Montgomery bus in 1955 was not just a stand against racial injustice but a powerful call for equitable access in all areas of public life, including transit,” said CATS CEO Brent Cagle in a statement. “We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of equity, justice and the spirit of Rosa Parks, a civil rights hero.”

The city honors her year-round with the Rosa Parks Place Community Transit Center on Beatties Ford Road.

“This initiative is not just a celebration of Rosa Parks’ legacy but also a commitment to continuing the work towards fair and accessible transit for all,” city officials said.

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