Bus UnFare

Bus UnFare
Bob Aul

You are the person or persons who thought it would be okay to raise the bus fare from $55 per month to $69. How comfy you must be in your corner-window office at the OCTA building and in your Mercedes S class with leather seats. We working-class people who can't even afford a car have to cough up another $14 each month from our already-tight budgets. If you think bus riders are all on state or federal assistance, think again. We work hard for our less-than-living wages and pay our share of federal, state and local taxes. And what do we get for putting out another $14 per month from our hard-earned slave wages? We get the same old, noisy, dirty, beat-up buses that are overcrowded, smell like urine and Dumpsters, and are seldom on time. We get the same old buses we sometimes have to wait more than an hour to board. I don't imagine you gave the drivers a 25 percent wage increase, even though the bus fare went up 25 percent. How dare you!

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