March & Rally to Unlock Transit Money

Title: March & Rally to Unlock Transit Money
Location: 123 Beale Street, SF
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Description: Bay Area transit services are passing up thousands of riders each day and yet the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is holding back $1.67 billion in federal stimulus funds which could be used right now to restore service that is vital to our pandemic recovery. They intend to hold back the American Rescue Plan (ARP) instead of using this money for its intended purpose: to fully restore transit service and the economy, and hire more union drivers.
Not only is this a misuse of the stimulus funds, MTC’s actions will deepen our transit crisis as service will not be there as people return to their lives this year, leading to a permanent loss in ridership.
Instead of dealing with today’s crisis, MTC wants to bank that money for a rainy day. It made that decision without talking to transit workers and riders who have been on the frontlines. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE: the agency tasked with saving transit by distributing these funds is instead undermining it. Join us as we demand that MTC release the stimulus funds this year in order to restore transit service NOW!
Speakers will include Liz Ortega of the Alameda Labor Council, Jovanka Beckles of the AC Transit board, and transit rider Regina Islas.
We will meet at the Transbay Terminal (Mission and Fremont street entrance by the Gondola). Then, we’ll march to the MTC Headquarters at 375 Beale Street.
Start Time: 12:30
Date: 2021-05-06

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