Re-Posted from IndyBay
Objecting to a never-ending stream of increasing fares, reduced service, and concessions by transit workers, Occupy Oakland and a rank-and-file AC Transit driver held a press conference outside of the Fruitvale BART station on May 16th. Austerity measures by AC Transit fall hardest on those who can least afford it, low-income riders and drivers who are pushed to do more for less, creating a less safe transportation system that ill serves those who need it most. While noting that the campaign intends to escalate over the long term if demands are not met by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Occupy AC Transit initially is asking drivers to show solidarity by honoring bus transfers for the three hours in which transfers were once honored before recent cutbacks. Speaking at the press conference were Cicily Cooper and Mike King of Occupy Oakland and Dave Lyons of AC Transit (full video below).