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Metro Transit Staff Letter to Metropolitan Council Leadership

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Metro Transit bus.

Metro Transit staff have penned an open letter to Metropolitan Council leadership demanding action in response to the killing of George Floyd and the series of subsequent protests. The letter, which was signed by 198 current and former Metro Transit employees and sent on June 26, points out that both its riders and its operators are disproportionately affected by the events surrounding Floyd’s death. 25% of Metro Transit riders are Black, as are almost 50% of its operators. It outlines a number of specific actions and policies that the Metropolitan Council must enact to best serve its riders, create transparency, and prevent further police brutality. 

A few of these include:

  • Prioritizing the viewpoints of Metro Transit’s BIPOC riders in the planning and decision-making process, especially in matters involving the police
  • Replacing armed police officers on transit with Transit Ambassadors to check fares
  • Banning the use of vehicles owned by the Council to transport police, military, or arrested protestors
  • Creating a public reporting platform that centralizes all complaints filed against police officers and subsequently elevates them to an investigations team

Read the full letter here.

Readers are encouraged to contact their Metropolitan Council representative with comments about the letter or to express their support and solidarity. 

About Katie Emory

Katie Emory is a Master's candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota. She is a strong believer in the healing powers of better transportation infrastructure and policy for our minds, bodies and planet. Outside of school and work you might find her doing yoga, embroidery, or spending time with her cat, Mika.

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