Dear Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Councilman Mike Bonin
MTA CEO Phillip Washington, and all MTA board members
We fully support the Bus Riders Union’s Free Public Transportation Campaign.
We ask you to
- Go forward with Free Public Transportation for all LAUSD students when they return to school
- Provide free public transportation for all MTA riders until December 31.
- In 2021 work to continue free fares for all. If at any time fares are charged, agree that fares will never be higher than $50 a month for an unlimited ride Bus/Rail pass and 50 cents with free transfers for one-way rides
- We ask you to stop all fare collections to avoid inevitable anti-Black racial profiling, and allow all passengers to pay on the honor system so that those who cannot afford to pay will not be harassed, ticketed, or arrested.
We appreciate the steps you are already moving in that direction and urge you to grasp the full urgency of the COVID 19 reality and its aftermath and through free public transportation, make the civil rights, mobility, and climate justice objectives for your passengers and the larger public the highest priority.
Organizational Sign Ons
Bus Riders Union/Labor Community Strategy Center
Equal Voice for Southern California Famileis Alliance
Council of Mexican Federations in North America, COFEM
Black Girls Do Bike
Crenshaw Subway Coalition
Ride in Living Color
Social Enviromental Alliance
United Teachers of Los Angeles
Youth Justice Coalition