Bus Rider Union Presence at Dia de San Juan

Call_leafletby Sarah Lanius

On Friday, June 24, Bus Rider Union members joined in the celebration at the dia de San Juan fiesta and also spoke with our neighbors about the proposed fare increases. You’ll be seeing us out and about at other public events as we work to raise awareness of the proposed fare increases for Sun Tran. Our message was simple: fare increases now is irresponsible to our climate and to the public; we need to have leadership and vision to increase ridership.

As I spoke with people I found that most knew that the fares were being looked at and the reactions fell into two main categories. I heard from many bus riders that the fare increase would be crippling to them and their neighbors. I also heard from transit riders who also have cars, that they were concerned the hikes would halt any transit momentum gained by Sun Link and undermine future improvements and growth to the transit system.

I was also asked what we were proposing to fill the budget gap. BRU has proposed a number of options to identify other revenue streams (see LINK to previous blog), chief among them that the city take an aggressive approach to raising ridership numbers, but when the day is done the amount expected from the fare increase for this year’s budget is $440,000.  That’s really not very much as far as the city budget goes but it’s a lot for the economy riders who overwhelming will carry the burden. The issue is not that the funds aren’t there (we incentivize all kinds of things) it’s an issue of priorities. Let the Tucson Mayor and Council know what you think will make Sun Tran great for all – give them a call today!

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unnamed copypor Sarah Lanius

El Viernes 24 Junio, La Unión de los Pasajeros del Camión nos acompañó en la Celebración de la Fiesta del día de San Juan y también hable con nuestros vecinos acerca del aumento de las tarifasen los camiones. Nos van a estar viendo en los eventos para crear conciencia acerca de los aumentos de las tarifas. Nuestro mensajees simple: el aumento de las tarifas en este momento es una irresponsabilidad para nuestro clima y para el público; necesitamos aumentar los pasajeros del camión.

Mientras hablaba con la gente me di cuenta que las reacciones se dividieron en dos categorías. Escuche de los pasajeros del camión que el aumento de las tarifas los dañaría s ellos y sus vecinos. Y también escuche que los que tienen carro, estaban preocupados que las caminatas detendrían cualquier cambio ganado por Sun Link y debilitara los futuros mejoramientos en el sistema de tránsito.

También comente que nosotros proponíamos ayudar para balancear el presupuesto de la ciudad. La Unión propuso varias opciones como fuente de ingreso (ver la conversación anterior), el problema no es que los fondos no estén ahí más bien es un problema de prioridades. ¡Dejemos saber al Alcalde y el Consejo que piensan que hará el Sun Tran mejor – llámenles!

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