SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The “Freedom Train” arrived in San Francisco Monday from San Jose to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enough people came forward at the last minute to guarantee the train would ride again next year after reports of dwindling interest.
Ticket sales had slumped early on for the nearly 30-year Bay Area tradition, which was started by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King.
Ticket sales surged Monday morning with riders who paid the $15 boarding fee.
The 54-mile train ride is a symbol of the 1965 civil rights march between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama.
Kathleen Flynn, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara County said the Freedom Train is everyone’s responsibility.