April 16, 2007
Dear members, allies, and
come to you in a moment of great urgency, at a time when the Los
Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) plans to dramatically
increase bus fares, if we do not come together and stop them. At the
March MTA Board meeting Roger Snoble, the CEO of the MTA, announced a
proposal for major increases in the price of public transportation in
Los Angeles. If not reversed, the fare hikes would increase as follows:
One Way Pass/Tokens/Owl Service
|Weekly Bus Pass
Bus Pass (K-12)
Monthly Bus Pass
strongly oppose this fare hike, because we believe that any raises from
the already high monthly passs will be devastating to working
families-- the strides that the movement has made towards a "living
wage" would in effect be stripped away by the increased cost of public
transportation. Imagine Black, Latino, API, and white working class bus
riders with 3, 4, and 5 family members using public transportation,
paying 5 a month in July and 0 a month by 2009 just for bus
service--which by the way MTA is also working to significantly cut in
fare increases will:
* destroy the economic viability of low-income Black and Latino and
* create significant increase in respiratory disease
* contribute to, rather than reduce, global warming
* violate the civil rights of bus riders
* drive as many as 25% to 40% of riders off public transportation.
solution to this problem will require the MTA to dramatically cut and
reverse its rail spending projects. This is because the "budget
shortfall", that MTA insists as the reason behind these fare hikes, is
artificially created and based on the bad and wasteful choices MTA is
making to subsidize rail projects and rail riders at the expense of
low-income bus riders. Mayor Villaraigosa--who has advocated a "Red
Line Subway to the Sea" and has 4 votes on the MTA board, needs to
realize that these rail dreams are destructive to working people. He
himself only 10 years ago warned the MTA not to build rail projects
with funds that had to be allocated towards and protected for bus
purchase and service.
believe that Mayor Villaraigosa is crucial in stopping this fare hike
proposal. The Mayor's MTA appointees include Councilperson Bernard
Parks, Richard Katz and David Fleming. If Mayor Villaraigosa changes
his mind and strongly opposes any MTA fare increases, even if it means
ending plans to build rail, and reaches out to Supervisors Molina,
Burke, and Yaroslavasky, we feel there is a good chance we can get the
5 votes needed to stop these fare increases.
need you to join us in this fight to stop the Fare Hike. We have
already won a major procedural victory by forcing the MTA Board to
postpone their first proposed fare increase hearing, we have been
working with L.A. Supervisor Gloria Molina to assure that the public
hearing will be held on a Saturday with full attendance by MTA Board
Members. So, what can you do?
We need you to call and write Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
and urge him to withdraw the MTA's racist fare hike proposal.
f you have any influence on
Councilperson Bernard Parks, Richard Katz, David Fleming, L.A.
Supervisors Gloria Molina, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Zev Yaraslovasky,
Long Beach City Councilperson Bonnie Lowenthal, Santa Monica City
Council Pam O'Connor or Glendale City Councilperson Ara Narajarian,
we urge you to call and write them to withdraw or vote NO on MTA's fare
Commit to turning out a
strong contingent for the MTA's fare increase
public hearing and the meeting in which the MTA Board votes to reject
or accept the fare increase.
Support this important
campaign financially, by donating.
Join us at our first rally
on Wednesday, April 18th at Mayor
Villaraigosa's State of the City Address at East Valley Senior High in
North Hollywood as we Urge Mayor Villaraigosa to Withdraw MTA's Racist
We believe we can win this fight.
Riders Union Planning Committee
MAKE A DONATION
April 17, 2007 9:30 AM
City Hall on the
NE Corner of
1st St. and Spring St.
for a Social Movement State of the City Address calling for a
"Pro-Environment/Human Rights Los Angeles, Not a Los Angeles Police
18, 2007 3:00 PM
gather outside Red Line
North Hollywood Station
(Lankershim & Chandler)
just meet us there at
East Valley High School
(5525 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA)
the State of the City Address to Urge Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to
Vote No on MTA's Racist Fare Hike
Contact MTA Board
Tell them Vote NO
on MTA's Fare
SPREAD THE WORD
or better stop by our
office (3780 Wilshire
Blvd. #1200) and pick
them up to pass out at school, work, or your
favorite local store.
JOIN THE FIGHT!
Join our movement to
create an accessible first class bus system.
April 21, 10 AM
BRU Monthly Meeting
3300 Wilshire Blvd.
Bus Riders Union
3780 Wilshire Blvd. #1200 (@ Western)
Los Angeles, CA 90010
[Western/Wilshire Red Line Station, 720, 757, 207, 20, 21]
for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Koreatown
Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Community Coalition, United Teachers
of Los Angeles (UTLA), Service Employee International Union (SEIU)
1877, Community Coalition, Westchester High School
Administration and Students, Students
for Educational Reform at Los Angeles City College, Action for
Grassroots Empowerment and Neighborhood Development Alternatives
(AGENDA), Angelican Lutheran Church of Pico Union
Contact us [213 387 2800] if
your church, union, school, work, wants to endorse.