Metro Vancouver Alliance Digs in on Transit Referendum Vote
Almost 60 Metro Vancouver Alliance leaders packed a church gym to evaluate how to pass a half cent sales tax to fund improved transit. Leaders argue that better transit is needed to incorporate future demands of the growing (and aging) population, and to contribute to pollution reduction efforts.
Forum on Transit Referendum Looks at Ways to Sell the Yes Vote, News 1130
Together Baton Rouge Announces Saturday Bus Routes From Food Deserts to Grocery Stores
At a meeting convened by Together Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Food Access Commission, TBR leaders announced a new limited-stop route to run Saturdays from 'food deserts' to grocery stores as a temporary measure to ensure access to healthy food. Asked Tamika Porter, "If there's such a thing as Whole Food, then what am I giving my children? Half food?"
Capital Area Transit System (CATS) CEO committed to providing the new Saturday bus route by June 2015. He also promised to re-evaluate every route to ensure that buses are stopping at at grocery stores where possible.Read more
PCIC Stands with Bus Riders Union at City Hall & Wins
PCIC clergy and leaders piled into City Hall to deliver a letter signed by 50 clergy requesting that the City not raise fares for low-income bus riders. The City Manager had proposed that Tucson double the fares of low-income people in addition to increasing all fares across the board. Bus riders and PCIC leaders filled the room while 60 listened from outside...
Concrete Example of Religious Leaders Standing Up for the Poor, Voces de Casa MariaRead more
Sydney Alliance Fights for Railway Lifts
Leaders from the St. George / Sutherland district of the Sydney Alliance, Rockdale neighborhood allies, stepped up their campaign for a railway lift at the Arncliffe Station by standing outside and directly engaging with commuters about their interests. Kate Fitzgerald asserted that not just the elderly would benefit from a lift -- "We have heard countless stories from the Arncliffe community about the disadvantage many... families with prams and people with disabilities or limited mobility endure as they struggle with the three flights of stairs."