The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

“Re-imagine” the Bus System

Jun 5, 2017

In Los Angeles, Metro is embarking on yet another study to find reasons for the falling bus ridership. This study has quite a colorful name: “Re-imagine.” This study will be completed in 2019.

What is there to study? For years, the riders have been complaining that their bus lines were cut, there were fewer buses per line, as well as increased waiting time, infrequent stops, and so on. The main culprit is the Metro for reducing the bus service.

And the Metro moved funding to rail, because the rail mainly serves the higher income customers–through luxury housing and expensive shopping centers built next to the rail stations.

We need rails. But the bus system, with 72% of the total trips, is still the backbone of the transportation system and serves the working class. So, we also need much better bus service.

We need to “Re-imagine” a transportation system run by workers, instead of these pretenders who just work for the rich!