MBTA Celebrates Black History Month With Giveaways — And A History Lesson

Marilyn Forman, co-chair of the Fairmount-Indigo Transit Coalition at Fairmont Station on Thursday. Photo: James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA and community advocates celebrated Black History Month by giving back to Commuter Rail riders on Thursday.

Riders at Fairmount Station were surprised with gift bags containing public transportation staples, like hand sanitizer, KN95 masks and a five dollar gift card to Dunkin.

All of those goodies came with a booklet on Rosa Parks, who famously defied orders to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus for white passengers in 1955.

The booklet is from the Fairmount-Indigo Transit Coalition, and talks about public transportation before and after Rosa Parks.

Marilyn Forman is co-chair of the Coalition, and said there's still work to be done.

"Even today, we are still working in partnership, to make our transportation system work for everybody," she said.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said the Commuter Rail has made big strides in service to the majority-minority Fairmount corridor, and has added four stations to connect more areas on the line to the MBTA's system. He said the MBTA is still looking at how to improve service to communities of color.

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