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Bus Riders Union Protests Fare Hikes with Theater

Metro representatives said the hike is necessary to avoid a budget deficit.

Metro's proposed fare hike sparked a new kind of protest Tuesday. A group of LA bus riders and members of the Bus Riders Union gathered to call out Metro's proposed fare increase.

"We are saying no to any fare increases," said the Bus Riders Union's Barbara Lott-Holland. "They don't need anymore of our money."

Metro proposed two fare options. The first would raise the fare from the current $1.50 base to $1.75 in September, then $2.00 in 2017 and $2.25 by 2021. The other option would keep the current base fare of $1.50, but only during off peak hours. For peak hours, the fare will be set at $2.25.

"Metro is my primary source of transportation," said bus rider Steve Samayoa. "This possible fare hike means less money to buy food and clothes."

Metro representatives said the hike is necessary to avoid a budget deficit. They said fares only cover 26 percent of the cost of operating buses.

"We've only raised fares 3 times in the past 19 years," said Metro representative Rick Jagger. "We have this operating deficit. It's unsustainable if we don't do something about it."

Jagger encourages the public to go to the public hearing on Saturday. A vote on the fare hike is set for May.


This isn't a new tactic. They have been doing this kind of theater for years.

Thanks USC for covering the event, but with all due respect you forgot to mention that while the fare box recovery rate is 26%, the spending rate on building rail infrastructure is more that 100%. To correct them, the problem isn't that metro doesn't have the money, the problem is that at every chance they get, money is used to build more rail instead of used for operations.

In Conclusion, metro is a 4.5 billion dollar agency, when they want money, they find it. Our Question is where is the money..... when will they stop funding projects only to funnel public funds in to private contractor pockets, and instead fund projects that we actually need like more bus only lanes, new bus lines, and 5000 zero emission buses, all of which we told you, and you conveniently left out of your report.

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