ACTION ALERT: Prevent Massive Fare Hikes, Service Cuts and Lay-offs!
MUNI, BART and all of the Transit Operators
Tell MTC – Don’t Make Another Racist and Classist Funding Decision,
Don’t Gut Funding for Transit
WHEN: Wednesday, February 25th, 9:30 AM – 11:30AM
WHERE: MTC Offices at 101 8th St. Oakland, CA (Across the street from the Lake Merritt Bart Station)
MTC is proposing to take $150 million or over ½ of the Federal Economic Stimulus funding meant for Bay Area transit operators to fund two rail expansion projects that mainly serve the affluent and may not be built for years.
If AC Transit and the other transit operators don’t receive all of the transit funding they are meant to get in the Stimulus package, most of them will be forced to make major cuts in service or raise fares. If the operators receive the funds, they can use them to maintain existing service and spend the funds immediately.
MTC should allow all of the Stimulus transit funding to flow directly to operators so that they can use it for immediate expenses and should use other, capital-only Stimulus funds for the expansion projects.
MTC has historically underfunded bus systems serving low-income communities and communities of color, relative to highway systems and commuter rail that serve more affluent populations. Don’t let MTC do this with the Economic Stimulus funds too. Not one more racist and classist transportation funding decision!
Join us at the Press Conference and Plan on Testifying about why transit is important to you!
Please tell us you are coming by calling Lindsay at 510-844-1191 or emailing her at Lindsay(at)urbanhabitat.org.
For more background details, download our Backgrounder below and see the Daily Californian article from 2/12/09.
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