All the rest have 31: How the MTA snuck another fare increase on us
In selling new bus passes that are only good for 30 days, instead of the old 31 days, MTA has once again limited our mobility and forced us to pay more for less.
In July, MTA ditched its old policy of selling monthly passes to bus riders
on the 1st of the month, and started selling 30 day passes that could be
purchased ANY day of the month. In their own words, this meant you could
"buy your pass on your own schedule... and avoid waiting in the end-of-month
lines at pass sales outlets". In their ad campaign for the new policy the
MTA has gone so far as to tell bus riders "We won't tie you down."
There's only one glaring problem with MTA's new passes, and that's that 5
months out of the year there are 31 days. Under the new policy a low income
family of four bus riders could be forced to pay an additional $100+ more
per year on transportation. Or if they can't afford it, they will be stuck in their home and won't be able to get to that important test, doctor's appointment, job interview etc.. Didn't the MTA said they wern't going to tie us down?
A few weeks ago the BRU received this email from a single mother describing
the impacts of the MTA's new policy:
"MTA has made it impossible for me to get my daughter to school on October
31, 2011. My daughter is enrolled in a magnet school which takes us over 2
hours by public transportation to reach. Because of cutbacks in the school
budget there is no school bus that comes close enough to our house. I am on
disability and when I receive income on the 1st of each month I buy a
disabled and student bus pass for me and my daughter. The MTA went from
selling a monthly bus pass to selling a 30 day bus pass which means the last
day is not covered for every month that has 31 days. As the end of the month
gets closer, it is rare that I even have $2 left. On the 31st it would cost
me an additional $8.70 to get my daughter to school. As it is, I can't even
afford buy my child shoes, she has only one bra and I have holes in my own
shoes. With this new policy I can no longer get my child to school on the
last day of the month because MTA found a way to make low-income families
pay them more money."
Shouldn't the MTA know that 'Thirty days have September, April, June, and
November; February has twenty eight alone, and all the rest have 31?
Despite the fact that the MTA's budget has grown they have in effect raised
fares, once again, on the lowest income communities in Los Angeles. If the
MTA's intentions are as good as they claim, they should have no problem in
fixing their mistake. The Bus Riders Union is calling on the board to fix
their broken policy and allow bus riders to buy 31 day passes any day of the
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