On May 18, from 4-5 p.m., we invite community college students (and college staff) to join a Zoom call to talk about how we can convince the Metro Board of Directors to say YES to fareless transit for all low-income bus and rail riders, all community college students, and all K-12 students in LA County—by the end of the year!
The Metro Board votes whether to proceed with a “Fareless System Initiative” pilot project—that includes all community college students—on Thursday, May 27, and we also encourage you to call in to the meeting to provide public comment when it begins at 10 a.m. Speakers are only allowed one minute—that's about 130 words—so it’s easy!
It will be very important to have students speak up from as many community colleges as possible to win the support of board members representing different parts of LA County.
A majority of board members appear to be supportive of fareless bus and rail transit, though some have concerns about the cost. Federal legislation has been introduced that could help support Metro's fareless program if the bill becomes law: the Pressley-Markey “Freedom to Move Act” states that public transit should be considered a “public good” and be fare-free. (Data shows low-income families spend nearly 30% of household income on transportation expenses.)
Please join us on May 18 to learn more about what we can do, and please consider calling in to Metro on May 27 to tell board members why fareless bus and rail is important to you and why the board should vote YES on the Fareless System Initiative pilot project.