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Transportation Justice

Book CoverFighting for Transportation Justice

Executive Director Robert García has co-authored "Crossroad Blues: the MTA Consent Decree and Just Transportation," a chapter in Running on Empty, a book on transportation justice edited by Professor Karen Lucas. Mr. García was a key member of the legal team in the historic environmental justice class action case, Labor/ Community Strategy Center vs. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, in which the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency agreed to invest over $2 billion to improve the bus system and lower bus fares, the largest civil rights settlement ever. The chapter chronicles this historic struggle and its aftermath.

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Report CoverPublic Transportation to Local National Forests

There is virtually no good way to reach the four Southern California forests using public transportation according to Public Transportation to Local National Forests (1.6 MB [PDF]), a study by the University of Southern California Department of Geography that documents the need for improved public transit to diversify support for and improve access to the four forests in Southern California. The Southern California National Forests constitute four of the most urban-influenced forests in the United States, serving an increasingly diverse population of over 20 million people who live within an hour's drive of the four forests. However, people of color and low-income communities in Southern California disproportionately lack access to a vehicle to drive themselves and their families to the four forests in Southern California. Without adequate public transportation, many of these residents are denied access to the forests.

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The L.A. Riots and a Testament of Hope

The article "Rodney King Legacy and a Testament of Hope," by Executive Director Robert García published by the American Bar Association demonstrates that urban issues such as transportation, parks, and recreation are genuine civil rights issues of race, poverty, and democracy that are interrelated in Los Angeles and the American economy.

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