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Months and dates throughout the year call for thoughtful reflection and collective action to improve equity in our actions and outcomes. Join Metro Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Team as we unpack Transit Equity, and celebrate heritage months along with the diversity of our region.

Transit Equity through History exhibit now on display in St. Paul!

Metro Transit has moved the “Transit Equity through History” exhibit to the George Latimer Central Library in St. Paul during the month of April.

The exhibit shares a timeline of major events in Twin Cities’ transit history and goes into detail about how focusing on equity has become more and more important for the agency since it became public in 1970. 

The exhibit will be showcased in the Welcome Center, on the ground floor, near the main entrance of the library and can be viewed anytime during the Central Library's open hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Transit History Hunt

Our region has a rich transportation history with positive and negative impacts on communities of color. Some historical transit markers are obvious while others, not so much. We invite you to join Metro Transit on a history hunt to explore some of the unique locations that have been a part of our transit history.

Download our Transit History Hunt Map and tag #TransitHistoryMN when you find one of our locations.

History Hunt map

Innovators, inventors, and Civil Rights leaders

African Americans were critical participants and contributors to the nation’s major advances in transportation. Henry Baker, an African American patent examiner in the early 1900s, conducted a survey of patents in 1900 and 1913. Baker’s survey tells a story of African American contributions to transportation.

See examples of these contributions and a contrast of discrimination

Equity in action

Transit Equity Day, Friday, Feb. 4. A day to commemorate civil rights icon Rosa Parks on her birthday. 

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat which led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott that began the modern Civil Rights Movement. She is not the only brave individual who resisted against inequities in the public transit system. In that same year Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, and Mary Louis Smith were all arrested and charged for refusing to give up their seat. 

On Feb. 4, Metro Transit featured on 25 of its buses a poster marking the symbolic seat taken by these brave women.

In this simple act of recognition, our drivers who have volunteered to hold this space throughout the day welcome your thoughts and reflections on what this important piece of transit history means for you.