Wednesday, April 25, 2007
MTA's Unfair Fare Hike
The problem of transit in LA relates to the car and freeway mentality. It's Not that riders pay too low fares. A few cents increase, Ok, but several bucks in a matter of a couple years, it's unreasonable. It's not riders fault that MTA has a budget gap. It's partly their own fault. They didn't want to fix the nitty gritty details that would've enhanced the transit system. It took them until recently to provide long needed improvements. It took decades. Now riders are going to pay for it? It was those riders that long wished for basic improvements, all the while the MTA didn't care.
They ought to be lobbying for better funding, or help switch voters thinking to be in more support of public transportation fundings. There's something seriously wrong with the picture that one of the worst public transportation system among major cities also suffers a great budget deficit. It would be another thing if the system was already great, but it's either bad, or sucked overwhelmingly until just recently, with few exceptions. Riders were already the most affected by that which sucked. With a major fare hike, they will now effectively have to pay for having endured it.
MTA's Proposed New Fare Hikes:
|Cash||Daily Pass||Weekly Pass||Montly Pass||Monthly Senior Pass|
|As of July 1||$1.25||$5.00||$20.00||$75.00||$37.50|
MTA will hold hold public hearings on May 24. Check out this blog for more information.
Of course the hike is cruel. It places the burden virtually entirely on riders, all riders, including those who can't afford it.