Unfinished Business

Upcoming Documentary Explores Transportation Equity

How is transportation a civil rights issue?

Free to Ride,” an upcoming documentary by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, explores the connection between the two.

Access to safe, affordable, and reliable transportation widens opportunity and is essential to addressing poverty, unemployment, and equal opportunity goals like access to good schools and health care services – but transportation funding programs don’t benefit all areas and communities equally.

In a newly released clip from the documentary, Lexer Quamie, senior counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, underscores the need for transportation equity, stating, “The preservation of civil rights with respect to transportation is crucial…Transportation provides individuals and communities access to fair housing and adequate housing, employment, [and] educational opportunities.”

“Free to Ride” will be released next spring, but you can watch the new clip here: