Transit Civil Rights and Economic Survival in Los Angeles
By Eric Romann
Created Oct 24 2011 - 2:35pm
A Case for Federal Intervention in LA Metro
We put the picture together and asked the riders what the Metro would not: how hard have riders been hit by Metro’s four-year storm? What we heard were powerful testimonies that add up to a picture in direct contradiction to Metro’s claims and justifications.
This report brings our voices together to call for federal intervention in mass transit in LA County. The FTA review must be deepened and must result in a reversal of Metro’s four-year storm.
Multi-racial, multi-sector coalition indicts LA Metro for violating civil rights of LA’s transit riders by slashing service and raising fares.
Introduction: LA is the epicenter of the national transit crisis
Hit hard by Metro’s storm
Part One: Slashing transit lifelines, rolling back civil rights
Part Two: Fare hikes force hard choices for transit riders in hard times
Part Three: Harmful impacts on riders magnified by LA’s economic crisis
Metro’s failure of accountability and social responsibility
Metro Accountability Failure #1: Manipulating financial constraints
Metro Accountability Failure #2: Downplaying, denying harmful impacts
Metro Accountability Failure #3: Imposing a double-standard for rail and bus service
Immediate recommendations: Federal intervention and strong political leadership
Recommendations for regional transit expansion
National context: Transit operations crisis, the Great Recession, and Climate Change
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