Vice President Kamala Harris Talks Public Transportation During Cincinnati Visit | news

Vice President Kamala Harris stuck to the public transportation discussion largely during a Friday roundtable in Cincinnati. She met with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and several representatives of local transport and tourism at the UC 1819 Innovation Hub before taking a short trip to the BlaCk Coffee Lounge in downtown.

The meeting was billed as a discussion of infrastructure and public transport systems. Brown indicated the Brent Spence Bridge briefly before the meeting began, but it was not discussed. Harris was asked about possible funding for Cincinnati bridges in the American employment plan proposed by President Joe Biden.

“I can tell you I know about the Brent Spence Bridge and it’s a very important bridge in America,” said Harris with a smile. “I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about his qualifications for some support from the American employment plan.”

Darryl Haley, the head of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), spoke about changes the bus system has made, specifically about plans outlined in the new plan to reinvent the subway.

Professor Vikas Mehta of the University of Cincinnati pointed out the concept of so-called “soft” infrastructure, the spaces between public transport and where people live, such as sidewalks, crosswalks and street lights.

“When we invest in soft infrastructure, we automatically invest in our neighborhoods,” he said.

Harris called this an important point.

“If that mother or father can’t walk this stroller because the sidewalks are bumpy or falling apart – and they have a child in a stroller and a toddler, it means that it takes at least twice as much time for them to get up.” to go downstairs – and hopefully have someone to help her with the stroller – to get to the bus stop. “

Eddie Koen from the Urban League in Greater Southwest Ohio also picked up on this idea.

“I think of buses with bicycles on the front. Why don’t we have space for strollers on most buses? We now have an opportunity to think about transportation. We have an opportunity to think about it.” about who the majority of the users are, who the end users are and include them. It is both / and, it is not an either / or. “

Harris and Koen dealt with racial justice in the field of public transport. Koen says the average worker takes about three hours to get to and from work. He points out that it is important to look for gaps in the grid. Harris called it the “opportunity cost”.

“That this mother or father needs two hours to go to work because they have to go somewhere, because there is no direct route or because there is no express bus available, and what that means for the time lost with their children, lost time with them Homework and just the tiredness that sets in on top of this working day. “

While staying at the black-owned BlaCk Coffee Lounge, Harris chatted with manager Tsheai Henry about the business and how it has performed during the pandemic. She ordered a small whole milk wakanda coffee and told Henry that she had read about coffee. She was joined by the Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, and his wife, Dena Cranley.

Harris made coffee at the downtown BlaCk Coffee Lounge, where she spoke to manager Tsehai Henry. [Tana Weingartner / WVXU]

She left the cafe to hear cheer from school children across the street from the Armleader campus of the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

“I’m counting on you to be the leader,” she called out to them.

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