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Richmond Transit Ban on Political Ads on Buses Unconstitutional

May 20, 2022, 5:40 PM

The Greater Richmond Transit Co.'s ban on political advertisements on its buses violates the First Amendment on its face because it doesn’t define “political,” the Fourth Circuit said Friday.

Although transit companies “may prohibit political advertising, they must do so by enacting a neutral policy capable of reasoned application,” the court said.

When the White Coat Waste Project’s ad denouncing animal experimentation in Richmond, Va., was rejected by Richmond Transit because it was deemed too political, White Coat claimed that Richmond Transit’s policy violated its First Amendment rights.

Richmond Transit responded that it was a private company not subject to ...