Occupy Public Transit Day of Action
"Transit systems in most American cities have become a genuine civil rights issue. If transportation systems in American cities could be laid out so as to provide an opportunity for poor people to get to meaningful employment, then they could begin to move into the mainstream of American life."On the anniverary of Dr. king’s death, April 4, 1968, transit workers join together with the occupy movement and transit passengers across the us to honor Dr. King’s legacy. We ask: “Where Is Mass Transit Today?”
In 2011 Americans took 10.4 billion
trips on mass transit, the most in
decades, but public transportation
is still under attack...
• Thousands of transit workers have lost their jobs.
• 85% of transit systems have cut service or raised fares since the
recession having a devastating impact on those who rely on
mass transit — the 99%.
• Transit systems are deteriorating: older vehicles, deferred maintenance,
longer wait times for overcrowded buses and trains.
• Wall Street is profiting off of the debt that transit systems face. The NYC
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had to pay over $1.1 billion
in interest payments in 2011. Instead of cutting fares, MTA is cutting
checks to Wall Street bankers – the 1%.
• Service is being outsourced to foreign national companies looking to
make a killing while compromising the safety and service for passengers
our tax dollars that could be spent on public transportation and other
critical investments for our communities.
• Politicians won’t commit to fund mass transit adequately and blame the
economic crisis. Instead they raise fares and cut routes, but service
does not improve.
• The bankers and brokers – the 1% - control the money for public
transportation and threaten the transit systems that took a century to
build. The greed and corruption must stop.