Immediately certify the first half of SB MTD's FTA grants.
  • Petitioning Ann Comer

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Ann Comer

Immediately certify the first half of SB MTD's FTA grants.

    1. Petition by

      ASUCSB Office of the External Vice President for Local Affairs

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District needs the first half of its FTA grants to be certified immediately to avoid a devastating 30% transit service reduction and the accompanying lay offs. The union representing SB MTD workers and SB MTD administrators all agree on the fairness of certifying the first half of the grants. If the grants aren't given to the state transit dependent students stand to lose lines critical to their work and academic lives.

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. First 10 Signatures and a Reminder About Upcoming Dates

      We secured our first 10 signatures on our way to 1000! Please include a comment and share these with your friends so we can send a message to the Department of Labor and the Governor's office.

      Petition to Governor Brown can be found here: http://ow.ly/omkw9

      In addition this is a reminder that there will be an additional transit talk style meeting with the SB MTD Board of Directors present (they are the ones who finalize the decisions of what to cut!) on September 10th 2013 @ 6:00 PM at 550 Olive Street in Santa Barbara.

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kathy Tran SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      A parking permit or just filling up on gas in general can get expensive, so I like to rely on the bus as one of my made modes of transportation. But with cuts to lines such as the 27, 11 etc. it makes it really inconvenient for me to do basic thing such as even buying groceries or going to class. I shouldn't have to disrupt or readjust my schedule due to these type of cuts to the MTD bus system, especially since it has been shown that over the years students have increasingly been the main consumers of the bus system.

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    • Adeel Lakhani GOLETA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      When I arrived at UCSB I found a well planned, well supported, and very convenient public bus system that made everyday life much easier. The high costs of owning and maintaining cars leave many students and workers relying on the bus system to get to classes, jobs, the grocery store, and entertainment.

      These cuts would be devastating to many cross-sections of our community, in areas that are already in need of additional service.

      Increased reliance on automobiles will increase traffic congestion and air pollution. Leaving for work an hour earlier and arriving an hour later keeps working parents away from their families, requiring additional childcare arrangements. Decreased mobility might prevent people from getting to their second or third jobs. Many students, especially graduate teaching and research assistants, live quite far from campus.

      Some of the funds at issue should not even be in limbo, specifically the first half of SB MTD's FTA grants from last year. Both the union representing SB MTD workers and SB MTD administrators all agree on the fairness of certifying the first half of the grants.

      Attempting to protect workers by withholding these funds is putting their jobs at risk, and will impact our community very deeply and broadly.

      Please prioritize and resolve this issue quickly.

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    • Kim Loanzon GOLETA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      BECAUSE I DONT HAVE A CAR

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    • Christie Russak GOLETA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      My family has only 1 car and we rely on the buses to get to and from school and work.

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