TRPT Chicago explores worker transit cooperative to restore local service
Little Village fights to restore bus service to transit dependent communities
Cut by Chicago Transit Authority in response to Congress's 1997
elimination of transit operations support, the 31st street route would connect
transit dependent Latino's, African-Americans, Chinese-Americans,
working class whites, youth, seniors, and people with disabilities to
jobs, schools, hospitals, and recreational areas. While TRPT continues the
important work to pass a just and fully funded federal reauthorization
for transit, Little Village has renewed their local push for bus service.
"Our communities cannot wait for jobs and service."
The climate crisis also cannot wait for real solutions to reduce carbon emissions. Little Village is aggressively working to identify local funding sources to replace the loss of federal operations funding. Connecting with Industrial Workers of the World. Little Village is exploring the establishment of a "worker self-managed transit cooperative". Michael Pitula of Little Village reports that "The fixed route, cooperative bus line would give laid off workers and transit riders in our neighborhoods the experience of worker/community self-management, while stressing the urgency of expanding our bus system."
You can also check out the Little Village member page to see the other local projects they are involved in such as attending The Facing Race conference and how LVEOJ also took part in the recent Chicago Clean Air & Water Show.
About Michael Pitula
- Jan 22 2013