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King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon receives standing ovation at COMTO Inaugural Event on Tuesday night. In observance of Human Rights Day, we share these recent remarks.

“Access to transportation is a human right,” Gannon said during the inaugural gala of the new Washington state chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, of which King County Metro is a founding member.

“Transportation is more than mere infrastructure, it is economic development,” he said. “The field of transportation represents the essential connections between communities. It is the very manifestation of opportunity.”

Gannon also spoke about inclusion, his own privilege, and future challenges in transportation.

“Inclusion must be intentional…privilege does exist, neither withdrawal nor conforming bring about change,” he said. “I want to believe that COMTO can be the organizer of change, the leading advocate for transportation as a human right.”

Human Rights Day, on December 10, marks adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations nearly 70 years ago.

Take a moment to listen to Gannon’s remarks and reflect on freedom and mobility and public transportation’s role in connecting people with opportunity.

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Dec 1       Kickoff Event and Fundraising Committee

      Volunteer Appreciation Social

Dec 11   Chapter Meeting

Guest Speaker interviews and remarks about COMTO and participation.

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