Message from a Bus Rider, V1

As we lead up to the decision by Tucson’s City Council on whether and how to raise bus fares on September 20, TBRU will publish a Video Blog everyday. We know that if our City Council Members would come to the transit centers and talk to bus riders or get on the bus that they would thinkContinue reading “Message from a Bus Rider, V1”

An Open Letter to Tucson’s City Council

September 1, 2016 An Open Letter to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council Members Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham, Karen Uhlich, Shirley Scott, Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik,   Dear friends, I write this with a heavy heart. Your support of bus issues and defense of poor people over the years has been most appreciated. If you nowContinue reading “An Open Letter to Tucson’s City Council”

What’s at stake in the transit debate? / ¿Qué es lo que está pasando con el debate del Transito?

By Sarah Launius, PhD Candidate in the School of Geography and Development at the UA No doubt you know already that the Mayor and Council are looking to raise fares for bus and streetcar riders. The different proposals put forward each place a heavy burden on different types of riders. Although the city claims theyContinue reading “What’s at stake in the transit debate? / ¿Qué es lo que está pasando con el debate del Transito?”

SIX ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SIGN A LETTER ASKING THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO NOT RAISE FARES AND INSTEAD, INVEST IN TRANSIT

August 9, 2016 Mayor Jonathan Rothschild 255 West Alameda PO Box 27210 Tucson, Arizona 85726 Cc: Members of the City Council Dear Mayor Rothschild, As organizations with long-standing commitment to the many species and ecosystems that comprise the Sonoran Desert, we urge you to increase public transit services in the City of Tucson. Our climateContinue reading “SIX ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SIGN A LETTER ASKING THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO NOT RAISE FARES AND INSTEAD, INVEST IN TRANSIT”

WE NEED TO REDIRECT THIS CONVERSATION

by Sarah Launius for the Bus Rider Union * Since this blog was posted Sun Tran staff presented a revised projection of Councilor Cunningham’s proposal. A revised table showing these adjustments are at the bottom of the blog. The question persists as to why staff presented an inaccurate Cunningham proposal to begin with. Why areContinue reading “WE NEED TO REDIRECT THIS CONVERSATION”

TUCSON BUS RIDERS UNION NEWS-THE POSITIVE SPIN

by Brian Flagg, Approximately 30 of us from the Bus Riders Union, loud and proud, attended the emergency Transit Task Force meeting yesterday. Our presence there helped the Task Force vote to stop $458,000 of the proposed $1.1 million in cuts to 9 bus routes. Particularly disappointing was a 4-3 vote to reduce frequency onContinue reading “TUCSON BUS RIDERS UNION NEWS-THE POSITIVE SPIN”

ONE COUNCILMANS QUEST TO PUNISH TRANSIT AND ENRICH DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS

By Jimmy Ojeda Shame on Councilman Kozachik for trying once again to balance the budget on the backs of the poor! According to him the City of Tucson should prioritize and move in the right direction, by increasing bus fares and cutting services. In his last newsletter dated May 11, 2015 he wrote: “We haveContinue reading “ONE COUNCILMANS QUEST TO PUNISH TRANSIT AND ENRICH DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS”

COUNCIL VOTES 5-2 TO NOT RAISE BUS FARES OR MAKE SERIOUS CUTS IN THE BUS ROUTES

We Thank God for Councilwoman Karin Uhlich, Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham, Richard Fimbres and Shirley Scott for standing tall in the face of opposition to bus riders living in poverty, our award winning bus system and the planet earth for a true Transit constituency, the Tucson Bus Riders Union. Special thanks to Karen for explainingContinue reading “COUNCIL VOTES 5-2 TO NOT RAISE BUS FARES OR MAKE SERIOUS CUTS IN THE BUS ROUTES”