Why is Transit a Woman's Right?
Bus riders rely on transit because they can't afford a car, share a car with family or are unable to drive because of disability or age.
Women are a majority of these bus riders. Many women, particularly women of colour, need public transit because they are concentrated in low-wage, night shift, temporary, part-time work, and have a lot of family responbilities. They need reliable, affordable, and 24 hour public transit.
As TransLink privatizes transit services, women have to deal with high fares, poor service and barriers to our ability to get around. The current transit system does not meet the needs of women and prevents women from having equal access to employment, public services and meaningful participation in our communities. This is especially damaging to women of colour, Aboriginal wome, recent immigrants, seniors, women with disabilities, students and youth who already face discrimination in other aspects of their lives and have a greater need for public transportation.