UCLA: Make it Fare
UCLA: Make it Fare
Public transportation is meant to be an affordable, eco-friendly, and safe option for many students. However, UCLA's recent effective bus fare increases indicate that university leadership feels otherwise.
It was recently announced in a blog post that UCLA Transportation’s bus fare subsidy has reduced significantly, causing bus copayments on the Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus to rise from $0.50 to $0.80 (or $0.70 for those students who carry pre-loaded TAP cards). This change was made without properly and broadly notifying the public beforehand, without offering opportunities for public input, and without explaining to the community why this change occurred. This subsidy reduction makes first-time bus ridership far more challenging, as students will now need to pre-load TAP cards in advance or carry an unwieldy combination of coins, further incentivizing use of less efficient transportation modes with more intuitive fare payment, such as ride-hailing.
Not only does this reduction in the bus subsidy run counter to UCLA's promise to support low-income students and strongly promote environmentally-friendly alternatives, but it also demonstrates UCLA’s lack of transparency in a decision that impacts the day-to-day finances of students. In most matters, UCLA has a history of being transparent in financial decisions and not “nickel-and-diming” its students. Now, most students riding the bus are suddenly confronted with the expectation that they find another three dimes in order to ride. Many of us only found out about the fare change upon boarding the bus, carrying only the 4 quarters previously needed for a round-trip ride.
The individuals signing this petition are calling on UCLA Transportation, Renée Fortier, David Karwaski, and UCLA administration to reinstate the former 50-cent copays for the Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus, and to reduce all other recent increases to transit pass fares. We also urge UCLA’s administration to draft policies for increased transparency in all future decisions that will affect the cost of living for UCLA students.