AB 2222 will be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee April 11! Please send a letter of support and/or make plans to attend!
Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill would provide $50 million/year for discounted transit passes for all K-12, public college and university students. This is the first hearing and the bill is single-referred, which means it has only one hearing in the Assembly before it goes to Appropriations. Fax support letters to the Assembly Transportation Committee at 916-319-2193 and email a copy to Nicholas Liedtke in Holden’s office (Nicholas.Liedtke@asm.ca.gov). Please send someone to speak in support of the bill if you can! State Capitol, Room 4202! (As of 3/28 the bill had been "tentatively referred" so call 916-319-2093 to make sure!)
- Here's a draft letter of support
- Here are talking points about the bill
- Here is the bill language
- Here are the members of the Assembly Transportation Committee
And in related news . . .
LA Metro is committed to debuting a pilot student pass program in August 2016:
Metro is keen on having a new, improved program in place before the next school year starts, and has convened a working group of interested college, university and transit agency staff. Metro is trying to figure out how to institute the broadest and most successful program possible and—this is always the problem—how to fund it!
Community College Association for Student Advocacy (CCASA) makes student passes a priority:
A group of LA County community college students created this new nonprofit in part because of the interest in and momentum for student transit passes but also to tackle other issues locally and statewide. In operation for about 2 months, the group includes student leaders from Valley, Harbor, Mission, East LA and Santa Monica community colleges. CCASA is circulating a petition among students to urge Metro to initiate an ambitious universal student pass program as soon as possible. Contact them (emails are on their website) if you want to circulate the petition at your school!