Transportation (News)

Fighting transit racism: Building the environmental movement on the buses of L.A.

Submitted by Reporter on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 10:00pm

A Latina woman addresses the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). She is part of a crowd of 1,500 people opposing the agency's proposed bus-fare increases. She holds her 3-year-old child up to the board and says, "What would you like me to do? Take the clothes off his back or the food out of his mouth?"
Bus Riders Union rally

Panel challenges transit funding

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND - A minority advisory committee headed by a Mill Valley man is pushing a key Bay Area transportation funding agency to spend more money on transit in low-income areas, such as Marin City and the Canal neighborhood.

But a Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee Friday rejected a proposal to adopt guidelines on the issue, saying equity in transit was too hard to define.

Update: MTC Rejects Bid for Environmental Justice Principles

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/11/2007 - 10:00pm
A Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee today rejected for now a request by activists that it adopt a set of "environmental justice principles" aimed at remedying alleged transit funding inequities for minority and low-income people.

However, Legislation Committee members said they will revisit the issue later this year after new members are assigned to the committee.

Report: Local Bus Riders Shortchanged

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:00pm
Judith Scherr

A study released Wednesday asserts that Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission funding policies maintain “separate and unequal” transit systems.

The report that can be found at was written by three organizations: Public Advocates, Urban Habitat, and Communities for a Better Environment.

The release of the report coincides with the 50th anniversary of the end of a year-long campaign to win integrated bus service in Montgomery, Ala.


Suit alleging bias against AC Transit riders can proceed

Submitted by Reporter on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:00pm
A civil rights lawsuit claiming the Metropolitan Transportation Commission discriminates against minority riders by underfunding AC Transit can proceed, a federal magistrate in San Francisco has ruled.

Measures could net county billions

Submitted by Reporter on Thu, 11/30/2006 - 3:03pm
Caltrain improvements, upgrades to U.S. Highway 101 and local streets, and new low-income housing developments could all be in store for San Mateo County if California voters approve propositions 1A, 1B and 1C on Nov. 7.



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