L.A.'s inconvenient truth about global warming and toxic air:
We must cut L.A.'s 7 million daily cars in half and build bus only lanes!
The Clean Air campaign is working to build an environmental justice movement of Black, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander and other working class communities fighting to reduce the toxic emissions of auto in Los Angeles and for our right to clean air.
Los Angeles serves a highly symbolic role as the "auto capital of the U.S.," as well as the region with the worst air quality in the nation. At the same time, working class communities of color, many of whom rely on public transit than private cars, bear the toxic brunt of decades of auto centered development. Our vision prioritizes the mobility needs of the poorest transit dependant communities, public health, and climate justice.
Our goal is to cut L.A.'s autos in half and build a world class, clean-fuel, bus-centered mass transit system whose backbone is a network of bus-only lanes on over 1,000 miles of L.A.'s freeways and major streets. Converting a region that dedicates over 2/3 of their land for cars will take a major shift of existing local, state, and federal transportation resources and implementing policies like auto-free zones, bus-lanes, pedestrian and bikeways that take space away from the auto.
We believe winning policies to restrict auto and expanding affordable clean bus-centered transit in L.A. could have a ripple effect across the state and nation.
- Reduce LA County greenhouse gases by 50%
- Reduce L.A. County’s 7 million automobiles by 50%
- Double MTA’s current bus fleet from 2500 buses to 5000
- Implement bus-only lanes on freeways and major roads
- Implement auto-free rush hours, auto free days, auto free zones
- Stop any further rail and freeway expansion
The Future of Transportation Conference (2005-02-18)
In Los Angeles on February 18-20, 2005 the Center for Transportation Strategies, a project of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, hosted a three-day conference: "The Future of Transportation." 300 grassroots activists, organizers, scholars, and students attended, including 75 organizations from across the U.S. and internationally. At the conference the Strategy Center launched a new organizing project: the Clean Air, Clean Lungs, Clean Buses campaign. Transportation is a great, multifaceted "issue" around which the Strategy Center is helping build a regional, national, and international movement.
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$2.7 billion: How much the Bus Riders Union and Clean Air, Clean Lungs, Clean Buses projects have won for bus-centered transit in LA since 1996
10% Ridership Increase: Result of our bus victories--compare that to ridership decreases in most major cities
2500 compressed natural gas buses: Part of our victories replacing 1800 dilapidated diesel buses and expanding the fleet by 500 buses
33 premature deaths, 805 asthma cases: Prevented because of switching from diesel to CNG buses from 1996 to 2006 (by removing 6,713 tons of oxides of nitrogen (N0x) and 335 tons of particulate matter (PM)
30%: How much our Wilshire bus only lanes victory will cut the current Wilshire bus trip from downtown LA to the Ocean--making buses faster than the same trip by auto
6 times as many: How many passengers a bus only lane can carry versus an auto lane at maximum capacity
$7 billion over 15 years vs. $34 million over one year: The cost and construction timeline of a "Subway to the Sea" under Wilshire Blvd. versus a 20-mile bus only lane to the sea on Wilshire Blvd.