As we celebrate today’s opening of the Regional Connector in Little Tokyo, here’s a nice tribute to the late Norman Mineta. He was the U.S. Transportation Secretary from 2001 to 2006 and the first Asian-American to serve as a Cabinet member.
Mineta, a dedicated member of the Japanese American Community, also worked closely with Metro in securing the financing for the Regional Connector at the federal level. As a result of his relationships with the Little Tokyo Community Council, Metro, and those at the federal level, he helped bring all the pieces together for the Regional Connector transit project.
During his earlier time in Congress, Mineta championed legislation promoting and furthering justice. Today, all public transit buses are universally accessible because of his leadership in shaping the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He was also a co-sponsor of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.
Video produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Watase Media Arts Center. Select footage courtesy of the Mineta Legacy Project.