The Federal Transit Administration FTA) in April ordered the MTA to review its recent service cuts to find "unjustified disparate impacts, or justified disparate impacts that may be mitigated through an alternative." Bus Riders Union co-founder Eric Mann says the FrA instead should have ordered L.A.
I wish the Bus Riders Union well, but this civil rights bean counting wouldn't be necessary if the MTA were even minimally responsive to market stimuli.
"Use of [truancy tickets] has gone way up," said Lisa Adler, an organizer with the Bus Riders Union. "They are increasingly used to penalize lateness." And, as Adler also pointed out, every school has its own policy, and every police officer wields an enormous amount of discretion with the enforcement of these policies.
To fight back, the Bus Riders Union has been organizing kids in an after-school program called Taking Action.
The Bus Riders Union, an arm of the activist Labor/Community Strategy Center, says bus passengers get short shrift in Los Angeles, and that there's a racial component to the unfair treatment.
Critics like Richard Silver, head of the influential Train Riders Association of California, claim that the Bus Riders Union, with a $400,000 annual budget largely gathered from out of-town foundations, represents no real constituency in Los Angeles.
The next stage of the showdown in The Labor/Community Strategy Center and the Bus Riders Union, et.
For more on the Bus Riders Union, contact their Web site: http://www.igc.apc.org/lctr/).
The Vancouver Bus Riders Union
presents a highly useful model of organization for environmental organizations, many of which are eager to diversify their constituencies.
In 1994, the Bus Riders Union
filed a civil rights lawsuit charging the MTA with running a separate but unequal system that rewards the "primarily suburban and business district" rail system and punishes 94 percent of its passengers--350,000 bus riders.
Meanwhile, on the city's buses, whose profoundly poor and mostly nonwhite riders are at the losing end of L.A.'s transit schemes, a militant Bus Riders Union
The Bus Riders Union
sees its campaign as one for environmental justice for minority populations who are often concentrated in neighbourhoods affected by heavy industry, contaminated soils and poor air quality, and who are captives of a form of transit that receives little political (and thus little financial) support.