On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston that came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice. We also strive for REAL TRANSIT EQUITY in the Greater Boston area. Here is a definition of EQUITY from our friends at PolicyLink.
Boston has the oldest transportation system in the nation and is responsible for over million trips a day. Yet, the quality of riders experience is vastly different for those who have a choice to ride versus those who depend on it. Check out the interviews of riders of the Number One bus, a route that travels from Harvard campus in Cambridge to the heart of Boston’s historically black neighborhood in Dudley square.
How can we achieve an equitable public transit system where the burdens and benefits are shared equally?
Thank you to Steven Nutter, Natalie Collarte and Marcy Ostberg for lifting up this common Boston transportation story.
Greater Boston’s First Transit Equity
Boston, MA, March 2nd– The Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition, On The Move (OTM) , convened Greater Boston’s first Transit Equity Summit, March 2nd, at the City Year Headquarters in the Back Bay. “Our public transportation system is in crisis. The people who suffer the most are those with the least to spare and who depend on the system to access jobs, school, healthcare appointments and volunteer opportunities,” says Kevin Odell, Coalition Coordinator for OTM.
It has been a year since the last fare hikes and service cuts, yet another round of fares hikes and service cuts looms on the horizon. “Cuts and hikes are a stop-gap measure that hurts transit dependent riders the most. We’re stuck in a cycle that punishes low-income communities, youth and seniors for a politically constructed problem,” says Jeremy Hanson of Bikes Not Bombs an On The Move coalition member. For the past few years, communities have fought on the defensive against hikes and cuts that would force riders to pay more for less service. This summit provided a visioning opportunity for riders, youth and advocates to prioritize the needs of the community.
The event featured: workshops on current equity campaigns around fare hikes and service cuts, government accountability to riders, access for youth and seniors, how to design livable streets and sustainably fund the system; M/B/T/A Lab, an interactive art installation that explores transportation justice from a perspective of mobility as a human right and transportation as a public resource; an exercise in mapping the gaps in service and capturing ideas and next steps for creating an equitable system. Check out photos from the event on OTM’s facebook page here.
On the Move is a coalition of community and statewide organizations in greater Boston that came together in 2000 to advocate for transportation justice using community driven solutions.
On The Move participating in Equity Workshop at Equity Action Summit 2012,
Nov 30th and December 1, 2012
On The Move is participating in the Equity Action Summit 2012 convergence, organized by the steering committee and member groups of coalition partner Action for Regional Equity. Please register by clicking on the postcard link below!
Green Justice Coalition action at Fall River brings over 80 Riders and Workers to Stand for Transportation Justice!!
On The Move joined over 80 riders and drivers from across the Southeastern MA, Boston and Springfield regions last Thursday, May 31, at a rally in downtown Fall River. The Green Justice Coalition convened and organized the rally of riders, workers and GJC members to stand together in the fight for expanded service and transit justice for SRTA riders! Chanting fix it, fund it and make it fair we demonstrated to SRTA board members and local officials the power we have as a united front fighting for equity and justice in public transit across the state….GO TEAM, GO! J Here are some articles that Gary from the ATU chapter in Fall River, MA and others passed along:
On The Move invites you to join riders and workers from across the State on Wednesday, May 16th @ 11AM on the Statehouse Steps as we gather to protect transit systems across the state by launching the Green Justice Coalition’s campaign – Public Transit–Public Good.
Leaders will speak out FOR fair short-term fixes and meaningful long-term solutions and AGAINST regressive proposals across the state to hike fares and cut transit service. Street theater will highlight the impacts of inadequate transit funding and service on our communities.
Check out this flyer on the event from GJC!
More more information, contact either:
On The Move (OTM) is a coalition member and partner of the Green Justice Coalition’s Statewide “PUBLIC TRANSIT-PUBLIC GOOD” campaign for transportation justice. For more information on GJC, check out their website at www.massclu.org.
On the Move (OTM) is a coalition of nine community based organizations in greater Boston that came together in 2002 to advocate for transportation justice. Our core constituency is Greater Boston’s low income communities and communities of color, with a focus on regional transportation and smart growth. We want to express our opposition to the MBTA’s proposal and urge the board not to approve it.
Prior to and since the MBTA released its two proposals to close the FY 13 budget gap, OTM coalition members and partners have worked effectively at both the grassroots and policy levels to offer community and rider-driven proposals as healthier, more sustainable, and more responsible alternatives. We have seen and been moved by the testimony of thousands of riders who expressed their deep opposition to the T’s proposals, and we have been grateful for the opportunity to engage in the public process and are inspired by those who took action. Working with our member groups and our core constituency, we have proposed ideas that raise critical short-term revenues for fiscal 2013. From the Fast Five superheroes headquartered at the T Riders Union, to the drafting of pioneering bills like the Transportation Economic Development and Recovery Act (TEDRA) by MASSPIRG and others, to the active transportation organizing of members including LivableStreets Alliance, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition and Bikes Not Bombs, On The Move has offered a community-based point of view that challenges our elected officials and holds the MBTA board and administration accountable to think outside the box.
To Read More of the OTM Official Statement, click on this link On_The_Move_Scenario_3_Statement