Our transit service- the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – is on the brink of bankruptcy! Bus service will be reduced and/or eliminated on some existing routes. This is a done deal.
Transit advocates were successful, however, in temporarily halting the approval of fare increases which MTS has presented as the only remedy to this fiscal emergency.
We have one last chance to voice our support for more transit funding and more transit planning. Raising fares right now is a REVERSE stimulus for those who can afford it the least right now. It takes money directly out of the pockets of those least able to pay. We should be talking about fare reductions as a form of stimulus at a time like this.
Raising fares while shoveling more funding at highway projects amounts to taxing the poorest residents of this region to pay for our highways. Here’s an article from today’s U-T on this issue.
On Friday, April 10, the San Diego Association of Governments will hold a public workshop on the issue of allocating additional funds for transit purposes. The workshop is at 10 am, at the downtown SANDAG office at 401 B Street, 7th floor.
We need transit riders and supporters to show up and ask the Board to support moving available discretionary funds into our transit system.
Please provide your written comments to the Board by e-mailing Kim Kawada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make sure that “the wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round all around the town.”