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Draft position of the Bus Riders Union on the proposed Richmond/Airport/Vancouver Skytrain expansion.

 

The Bus Riders Union believes that the needs of the transit dependent must be at the centre of transportation planning. We are opposed to the proposed Skytrain line to the airport. The proposed Richmond/Airport/Vancouver Skytrain line won't help bus riders get to work on time, or get a seat on an over-crowded bus. It won't end the curfew imposed on transit dependent people by cuts to the night owls; it won't alleviate the economic hardship of high user fees for transit.

We propose a new vision for transportation in Greater Vancouver, a vision that prioritizes social justice for working people, people of colour and women who most rely on public transit, specifically the bus. We believe the money spent on Skytrain infrastructure should rather be directed towards putting more buses on the road. ...

 
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STOP THE FARE INCREASE

 

The Bus Riders Union opposes the fare increase planned for April 2005. The Fare Increase will take over $37 million out of the pockets of bus riders over the next three years, people who are mostly low-wage workers, welfare recipients, people with disabilities, seniors, youth, and other low-income people. This money will be spent on the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver (RAV) line, an expensive privatized and profit driven rail line from Down-town Vancouver to the Airport. The fare increase amounts to a new redistributive tax in favour of the wealthy and powerful.

The Fare Increase will undermine the right to mobility for transit-dependent people who already struggle to pay the high fares. Because transit-dependent people are disproportionately women, Aboriginal people and people of colour, the fare increase represents an added systemic barrier to equality for women, Aboriginal people, and people of colour.

 
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