If you ride for free on Hall Area Transit’s Red Rabbit bus Monday, you can thank Rosa Parks.
Hall County will be holding a customer appreciation day on Monday in honor of Parks, whose quiet actions sparked the modern day Civil Rights movement in America.
On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks was riding a bus in Montgomery, Ala., when she was asked to give up her seat to a white, male passenger. The black woman’s refusal to do so, and subsequent arrest, triggered a wave of protest four days later and a boycott of the city bus line that lasted more than a year. In 1956, the Supreme Court declared segregation on Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.
Born Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Ala., Parks died Oct. 24, 2005, at age 92.
On Monday, all Red Rabbit Fixed Route riders can buy one ride, whether paying full or reduced fare, and a friend can ride for free. Riders may use a punch card, cash or coupon. Both riders will receive transfers as usual.
Also, a table will be set up from 7-9 a.m. at the Hall Area Transit transfer station at High and Pine streets offering juice, doughnuts and give-aways.
Hall Area Transit’s Dial-A-Ride service also will hold a customer appreciation day on Dec. 10.
For more information, contact Hall Area Transit Manager Janice Crow at 770-503-3350 or Community Service Center Director Phillippa Lewis Moss at 770-503-3340.