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5th Square's Transit Committee is building a transit rider advocacy organization to advocate for transit service that is fast, frequent, and fair, and to organize with transit riders to win elections and change policy.
SEPTA riders need an organized voice in upcoming decisions about redesigning the bus network and trolley modernization, and the SEPTA Key rollout needs a dedicated advocacy watchdog too. Transit riders also need an organized voice for better streets policy, more frequent evening and weekend service, and more local and state funding.
In addition to policy advocacy, the Transit Committee will also be charged with planning grassroots organizing campaigns in the different regions of Philadelphia to organize and mobilize transit riders politically for local service improvements and fare reforms, and support candidates for local and state offices committed to making transit work better for riders.
5th Square volunteers have so far taken action in support of free transfers, SEPTA Key kiosk design, and automatic university passes. Our transit initiatives currently in the pipeline include City Council District bus service report cards and family-friendly fares.
This is a new committee, so there's lots of room for volunteers to help shape the agenda, plan campaigns, and take on leadership roles.
Sign up to get involved and an organizer will reach out soon.