Opinion: Build stronger communities through better transit

Last year, Cincinnati rose to meet some of our greatest challenges ever. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis across the country, we have seen millions of working people, their families and their businesses negatively impacted. Ohio has lost over 20,000 residents and our union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627, had over ⅛ of our members that’s been positive.

Thanks to the tireless work of labor, rider groups like Better Bus Coalition, environmental organizations like Sierra Club, disability groups, and transportation activists, our public transit system and others across the country were able to pass the local funding levy in Hamilton County, and win the federal funding we needed to bypass disaster. Metro now offers Cincinnati 24/7 service.

When I met with Vice President Kamala Harris here in Cincinnati, we talked about how the American Jobs Plan would invest much needed dollars to help ensure that we’re not just returning to pre-COVID conditions, but instead rebuilding public transit systems that work for people.