Yes on VV
MAYBE YOU'VE HEARD the expression "Half the battle is showing up." We all know it's true, especially for school success, and public transportation plays a key role in San Leandro students' academic achievement.
AC transit is facing a cut of $19 million from the Governor’s May budget revise. In addition, rising fuel and health care costs are putting in
In January 2008, to deal with its budget gap, AC Transit staff recommended a fare increase for ALL riders. The staff-recommended proposal would increase the adult pass by 14%, the senior/disabled pass by 40% and the youth pass by 87%. Seniors would have had to pay $28, rather than $20 a month and youth would have had to pay $28 rather than $15 per month.
AC Transit’s Board unanimously
voted to postpone a fare hike until after November’s elections on June 11, 2008.
They also unanimously approved a staff recommendation to place a parcel
tax on the November ballot (details below).
Your phone calls, rallies, and public comment worked!
AC TRANSIT HAS NOT GUARANTEED THAT IT WON’T RAISE FARES (even if the parcel tax passes in November).
We must secure a commitment from AC Transit to keeping youth and senior/disabled fares low if the parcel tax passes.
On Wednesday May 21st, about 100 bus riders,
community and labor groups and elected officials gathered outside of an AC
Transit Board Hearing at
Members of Labor, Congregations Organizing for Renewal, other residents, Urban Habitat and representatives from many of our allies, including EBASE, TALC, EBHO, and UC-Berkeley's Center for Community Innovation packed San Leandro City Council chambers so full that there was standing room only by the time the meeting began.
The Transportation Justice Working Group (TJWG) has been fighting for a shift in our region’s transportation strategies: away from widening highways and costly, inefficient rail projects that divert scarce resources from more cost-efficient bus service. We are also promoting community health over diesel-powered freight movement. We are asking for an equitable transportation system that provides all communities with reliable, affordable transportation choices and clean air and safe streets.
In order to have a region-wide impact, the TJWG is working to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to prioritize the transportation needs of low-income communities and communities of color, those least served and most burdened by our current transportation system. The MTC is the regional governmental body which coordinates transportation planning and funding for the entire 9-county Bay Area.
When: July 26, Thursday, 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
Where: The MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 8th St, Oakland
Topic: How can we make the Bay Area more equitable?
Four regional agencies – the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Corporation (BCDC) – have been developing a joint program called FOCUS to direct financial and technical resources to areas that are priorities for regional growth. We are soliciting input from Equity advocates on how to FOCUS resources fairly and in a way that will benefit the existing community.
On May 16th UH staff and allies met with key MTC staff to advocate for the inclusion of equity criteria throughout the current RTP.
By Mutsumi R. Mizuno
This time, the question is not whether Rosa Parks can sit at the front of the bus – it's whether she gets to ride the bus at all. While discrimination in transportation is no longer a matter of overt racism, many poor working people find public transportation services inadequate. And because the costs of owning and driving a car are high, private automobile transportation is not an easy option.