Despite having a five billion dollar a year budget of tax payers money, the Los Angeles MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) board has voted to raise bus fares across the board-with the exception of student passes. A monthly bus pass which is currently seventy five dollars a month, starting September 1, 2014 will cost one hundred dollars a month. With a five billion dollar a year budget of tax payers money Mayor Garcetti and the MTA somehow could not find the thirty six million dollars needed-which would have prevent the fare increase. By MTA’s own admission, ninety percent of bus and rail riders are minorities, in effect MTA’s fare increase will disproportionately impact minorities.
Aired on May 27 , 2014