TRUST is a national network of local transit rider unions – democratically governed grassroots organizations representing the interests and aspirations of transit riders ourselves – across the United States.

TRUST also welcomes groups that are not rider unions – like coalition groups, labor unions and other allied organizations – to join the network as allies, as provided for in the TRUST Bylaws.

Interested in joining? Fill out this form.

Buffalo Transit Riders United

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU) is a collective of transit riders working for a more efficient, equitable, and responsive public transit system in the greater Buffalo area. BTRU has been bringing riders and community leaders together to fight for transit justice since 2016. BTRU is associated to a parent organization,  Coalition for Economic Justice, which is a permanent coalition that unites labor, faith, and the community for workers’ rights and economic justice.

Chicago Jobs with Justice

A coalition of labor union, community and faith organizations dedicated to workers’ rights and social and economic justice.


Clevelanders for Public Transit

Cleveland, OH

Riders in Cleveland organizing together for safe, accessible, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable public mass transportation.


Columbus Association for Transit

Columbus, OH

We are an organization committed to building equitable together with our fellow Ohioans. As a transit union we are member lead and directed. We seek to work with the City of Columbus and other transit unions in Ohio to help build a comprehensive public transit system.


Madison Area Bus Advocates

Madison, WI

A group of bus riders and friends who aim to inform people about the reality and the possibilities of a Madison Metro Transit, to encourage system development, and to encourage bus ridership.



Atlanta, GA

MARTA Army is a transit nonprofit dedicated to empowering residents of Metro Atlanta to better their transit system by creative projects designed to increase rider awareness, strengthen transit services, and support the larger transit agency as a whole.


Motor City Freedom Riders

Detroit, MI

The Motor City Freedom Riders is an organization of bus riders and allies in metropolitan Detroit, working together across the region to build a movement for better public transit service to achieve transportation freedom. We believe that “transportation is freedom,” and everyone has the right to move.


Music City Riders United

Nashville, TN

We are an organization of public bus and AccessRide riders fighting for racial, economic, and transit equity.


OPAL Environmental Justice

Portland, OR

OPAL stands for Organizing People, Activating Leaders. Founded in 2006 by and for people of color and low income, OPAL is the grassroots-driven hub at the center of Oregon’s movement for Environmental Justice. We develop community members’ leadership skills, and motivate them to take action. Together, we lead campaigns, impact public processes, and win victories in policy and procedure to achieve a safe and healthy environment where we live, work, learn, play, and pray.

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Philly Transit Riders Union

Philadelphia, PA

Philly Transit Riders Union is a democratic grassroots organization run by and for Philly area transit riders and workers— together we decide which issues affect all of us and how we’ll fight for them.


Pittsburghers for Public Transit

Pittsburgh, PA

PITTSBURGHERS FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT is a grassroots organization of transit riders, workers, and residents who defend and expand public transit. We keep the public in public transit by mobilizing communities to advocate for equitable, affordable, and sustainable transportation systems.


Ride New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

Transit service in the New Orleans region is not what it needs to be. Ride New Orleans works to right this wrong and to win a transit system that is a linchpin in the creation of a more just, equitable, and functional city and region. Our mission is to win world-class and equitable public transportation that works for all residents across the New Orleans region. Our vision is a New Orleans region in which taking transit – by necessity or choice – enables full access to jobs, education, health care, and other needs that ensure the equitable, thriving community that all residents deserve.


Sacramento Transit Riders Union

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento TRANSIT RIDERS UNION (SacTRU)  is an independent, democratic, member-run union of transit riders organizing for better public transit systems in the SACRAMENTO REGION.


Seattle Transit Riders Union

Seattle, WA

The Seattle Transit Riders Union is a democratic organization of working and poor people, — including students, seniors and people with disabilities — taking control over our own lives, and building up the power we need to change society for the good of humanity and of the planet. We will fight to preserve, expand, and improve the public transportation system in Seattle and beyond, so that every human being has access to safe, affordable, and reliable public transit.


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