1,000 More Buses, 1,000 Less Police!

Stopping MTA Rush Vote on 2009 Long-Range Plan

Last Tuesday, MTA gave us just two days' notice of a special "workshop" on the 2009 Long-Range Transit Plan.  This "workshop" was actually where they wanted to adopt the 2009 LRTP. The public has not seen a version of the LRTP since 2008! We knew we had to stop this undemocratic, unethical vote.

A Letter to Mayor Villaraigosa re: MTA's Long Range Transportation Plan

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa: We are writing to ask you to delay the proposed MTA Board vote to adopt the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan scheduled for Thursday, June 11. We ask that you move to adopt a new process (outlined in detail below) that allows the public our right to fully participate and give input. We also must register a strong concern about the substance of the Long Range Transportation Plan. If the assumptions of the 2008 draft remain in place-ongoing fare increases, reduction in bus service, billions spent on highway and rail serving more affluent communities-the disparate economic, social, environmental, and mobility impacts on low income communities of color will create another transportation civil rights crisis in Los Angeles County.

BRU Helps Halt MTA Approval of Long Range Transportation Plan

Thursday, June
11-The Bus Riders Union (BRU) was successful in halting a Los Angeles County
MTA Board of Directors vote to adopt the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan
(LRTP), a $270 billion, 35-year blueprint for regional transportation. This
came just 2 days after the MTA notified the public about a scheduled vote at a
Special Board meeting, misleadingly titled a LRTP "workshop." And less than 24
hours after MTA staff made this 60-paged document available for the public to
review. On behalf of MTA Chair Antonio Villaraigosa, Director Richard Katz
asked the Board to hold off on the vote in order to provide the public
sufficient time to review the 2009 LRTP. The Board moved to revisit the 2009
LRTP at the July Board meeting.

Stopping the Vote at the June MTA Board Meeting

Slideshow Date: 
Jun 11 2009

A photo set of BRU members at the MTA meeting on Thursday, June 11th.  

Check out what happened at the No to Pre-Prisons Community Meeting

On April 23rd we held our first community meeting on "truancy" tickets
and school police conduct...find out more and learn how to get

Get Involved to Stop the Ticketing of Our Youth and School Police Abuse

Publication/Circulation Date: 
May 8 2009

police check students cropped_0.JPGDid you know it is a crime in LA to be late to school and it could cost you

Take action against school police abuse

Publication/Circulation Date: 
May 8 2009

Police abuse complaint flyer.jpg

Punished For Coming To School

On March 10, 2009, I committed my first "crime." That morning I woke up late. I couldn't believe the fact that it was only 8:30, and I was going to school! At that moment, everything hit me. I cried like a kid. I couldn't face it all by myself...don't they realize how much a ticket is affecting not just the student but the family as well?

May Day March!

Date from/to: 
May 1 2009 - 12:30pm - May 1 2009 - 2:00pm

Join the Bus Riders Union as we march for immigrant rights on May 1, 2009.  We are meeting at 12:30pm at the corner of Olympic and Broadway and will be marching with the Southern California Immigrant