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Rev. Joe Gibson opposes bus fare increase: 1970 | by Washington Area Spark
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Rev. Joe Gibson opposes bus fare increase: 1970

Rev. Joe Gibson is shown at the Nash Methodist Church in the Brookland section of D.C. at a press conference opposing a bus fare increase July 10, 1970.


Gibson was a prominent member of the Emergency Committee on the Transpiration Crisis that often spoke on behalf of the organization at public hearings.


The Citizens Coalition Against D.C. Transit organized riders along the Benning Road/H Street corridor to pay only 25 cents of the 32 cent fare on D.C. Transit buses on the first day of the increase.


Six members of the coalition, including Hobson, were later arrested for failing to pay the proper D.C. Transit bus fare.


A total of 16 people were arrested and charged $10 collateral and released.


The protest took root on the Benning Road/H Street corridor with up to half the passengers paying less than the new fare.


The ECTC led the fight against new freeways in the District of Columbia, against bus fare increases, for public takeover of the private bus system and for building the Washington area Metrorail system.


Gibson was an early opponent of the Vietnam War and opened the Nash Methodist Church to a number of causes including a taxi strike and the Chicago 8 conspiracy trail protesters.


Note: this post originally displayed an incorrect photo of Rev. Gibson. We regret the error.


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Photo by Ray Lustig. The image is courtesy of the D.C. Public Library Washington Star Collection © Washington Post.


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Taken on July 10, 1970