SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL: LOW-INCOME RIDERS/PEOPLE OF COLOR DESERVE AIR-CONDITIONING

SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL: LOW-INCOME RIDERS/PEOPLE OF COLOR DESERVE AIR-CONDITIONING

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Karen Dick started this petition to Alameda County Board of Supervisors and

https://www.publicadvocates.org/resources/blog/californias-5-2-billion-transportation-funding-bill-in-perspective/http://www.reimaginerpe.org/20years/mayer

For over one year, my complaints to AC Transit regarding the hot, dirty, and smelly buses on the 57 line have not been resolved to the satisfaction of transit-dependent riders whose fares have increased twice within past year. I was told in 2017 that a new fleet would be out 2018; On 8/23/2018, Margaret Tseng, Customer Service Manager, reported that 65 new AC buses would be out in Spring 2019. The 57 line weekday service during Peak hours NEVER provides a new bus with AC; however, on weekends, most 57 buses have AC. Weekday ridership on the #57 is 6,733.The 2100 series fleet of which the 57  is part, is over 10 years old, has no AC, no tinted glass, has fabric seats and windows that sometimes open if you are tall, and strong, enough to open them. Transbay buses have all that plus so much more. There are 29 Transbay lines, 12 of which are identified as "minority routes." Local ridership consists of people of color; seniors; babies; young children; and homeless individuals. These demographics are not represented on majority of Transbay lines.There are 16 million local riders as opposed to 4 million Transbay riders.

AC Transit identifies the #57 as a "minority route." People of color make up two-thirds, and whites, a third of all transit users in the Bay Area. But whites make up a disproportionate share of BART and Caltrain passengers: 43 percent and 60 percent, respectively. White rail riders also have significantly higher incomes than AC Transit bus riders: 75 percent of BART riders have incomes over $30,000, and 53 percent of Caltrain riders have incomes over $75,000. In addition, 80 percent of BART riders and 83 percent of Caltrain riders own private automobiles. AC Transit passengers receive a subsidy of public funds of $2.78 per trip. By contrast, BART riders receive more than double that—$6.14—and Caltrain passengers receive $13.79, nearly five times more than a passenger of AC Transit. Local riders will no longer subsidize Transbay riders.http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/agenda/oak069022.pdf

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