Jermaine Reed is the 3rd District City Councilmember in Kansas City, Mo. He is also a constant supporter of public transit and infrastructure that improves the quality of life for residents of the 3rd District. Last month, Reed received one of four Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards, recognizing major contributions to Kansas City’s transit landscape.
Reed received the RideKC Award for demonstrating great strides in building a more integrated regional transit system. Councilman Reed has led the Prospect MAX Advisory Committee, has successfully worked locally and nationally to secure federal funds for Kansas City’s third MAX Bus Rapid Transit line in the Prospect Corridor, and has strongly supported improving transit access to opportunity as Chairman of the City Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Reed also recognizes the importance of new technology for the Prospect corridor, along with the basic infrastructure such as safe sidewalks, that will be part of the Prospect MAX project.
In accepting the award, Reed thanked the people who have inspired him and encouraged him along the way, including Alvin Brooks and Emanuel Cleaver, who received the Champion of Transit award last month.
The Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards recognize people and organizations that have had a positive impact on the Kansas City community, especially in the area of public transportation. The awards are named after civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to white bus passengers in Montgomery, Ala. Her arrest sparked a 381-day bus boycott in Montgomery, an event which is considered one of the significant challenges in the history of racial segregation. In naming these awards after Rosa Parks, we honor her memory, her commitment to equality, her lifetime of service and activism, and her lasting contribution to public transit.