Earlier this month, KCATA presented the Champion of Transit Award to Emanuel Cleaver, U.S. Representative for the 5th District of Missouri.
Cleaver has been a long-time supporter of public transportation, and is recognized nationally for promoting the importance of federal investment in transportation infrastructure. He has been instrumental in securing federal funding for regional transit improvements, including MAX Bus Rapid Transit, the downtown streetcar, TIGER grants, the 39th & Troost child care center, and ShotSpotter.
Learn more about Cleaver’s role in elevating public transportation, jobs access and equality in the metropolitan area.
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.