December 1st, 2022 L.A. Metro Board Meeting Agenda, Item 50

In Metro’s own words:

“The modified fare restructuring recommendation (Attachment B) includes fare capping, fare pricing changes, and additional fare policy elements to simplify the fare structure and maximize the benefits of fare capping for Metro customers. The final staff recommendation is based on consideration of public input via mail, email, stakeholder outreach, and the public hearing. If these changes are adopted, the result will be a system where no rider ever overpays, and our most frequent riders pay less.”

In the words of Oscar Zarate, Director of Building Equity and Transit for SAJE (Strategic Action for a Just Economy):

“I urge you to reject the fare restructuring proposal and commit to achieving universal fareless transit. During the majority of the pandemic, buses were free to use for all riders, relieving the majority of Metro riders of their second-highest living expense behind the rent…The majority (70%) of Metro’s funding comes from local sales taxes. L.A. County residents, including me, already pay for public transit. Instead of adding to transit riders’ already burdensome cost of living and instead of maintaining an expensive and unjust fare collection and enforcement system, Metro should be universally and permanently fareless for everyone.”



Oscar and I hop on a call to discuss an upcoming L.A. Metro vote on changes to the fare system proposed by the agency, which L.A. Metro board members will vote on at their upcoming meeting on Thursday, December 1st at 10:00 AM. The agency changed its original proposal the very day of this discussion following consideration of various transit advocacy organizations’ input via public comment, including Strategic Action for a Just Economy’s, which is holding a rally for the upcoming vote at 9:00 AM on Thursday, December 1st near Union Station. In order to ensure that Metro’s new proposal passes, riders need to attend the virtual meeting and hold the board members accountable; see the agenda HERE; learn more about Metro ridership HERE, and sign the petition for equitable transit policy HERE. Surprise guest Alissa Walker of LA Podcast also joins us and boosts our chat tons!



Oscar Zarate (@outta_papeles) schools us on unincorporated Los Angeles, the L.A. County Tenants’ Bill of Rights, fareless transit, and more. Oscar’s citations include an analysis showing that fareless transit could reduce over 60 billion in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in L.A. County, as well as this study showing fareless transit’s effect on Metro bus and subway ridership during the pandemic. To get involved in the campaign for free public transit in L.A., visit

*There are also not 90 unincorporated communities in L.A. County, but at least 124, according to this data.*