Freedom to Debate Transit: Remember our Veterans this Memorial Day

Being thankful for the freedom to discuss government transportation policy publicly without fear of arrest...

By: Nicholas Ventrone, Community Engagement Director

We are all heading into a major holiday weekend that kicks off summer. The driving season kicks off as travelers head to vacation and tourist destinations all over the country. Many schools around the region are wrapping up their spring semesters this time of the year. Families from all over the area will be enjoying the summer barbeques this Monday.

In between the fun and good times, we need to not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. We must remember those who either have or are currently willing to sacrifice their lives for our nation, the Constitution, and the freedoms that the United States guarantees to each and every one of us.

We live in a free country and we should all owe a sincere thanks to the men and women who died to give us the freedom in which we enjoy every day. Freedoms include the right of you readers and followers to publicly participate in debating transit policy through social networking without fear of retaliation from the government. We have the freedom to disagree or criticize the governing power structure. In many areas of the world, both The Transit Coalition's and your voice simply could not exist. Robust disagreements and debates simply would not be present in the court of public opinion in several countries. But it does exist here. And we should never take that freedom for granted.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, 2015. Be sure to spend an hour and attend a Memorial Day service near you with your family. If you cannot attend in-person because of transit mobility or work obligations, catch a televised or recorded service. Afterwards, enjoy the summer barbeque with your family as the rainy weather is expected to clear up in time for the holiday.

Inland Empire Memorial Day 2015 Transit Services

Riverside Transit Agency buses will operate on a Sunday schedule this Monday. Sunline Transit will  run its Saturday/Sunday schedule. Omnitrans, Corona Cruiser, and Pass Transit buses will be off. Metrolink will also be off except for limited service on the Antelope Valley Line.