TRU: The T Riders Union
“Change is coming.”
—Taisha O'Bryant, ACE Member & TRU Chairperson 20092010
See Taisha's story.
The T Riders' Union (TRU), a program of ACE, organizes public transit riders to build a unified voice and movement for better public transportation in Greater Boston, Together, we develop and implement strategies to improve the quality of public transit. Our focus is on transit dependent communities – neighborhoods that are predominantly people of color and/or lower-income, where residents are likely to not own cars and therefore depend on public transit to get to work, school, recreation, and shopping.
We have joined together to demand our fair share of service because the MBTA and the state have failed to meet the needs of riders in lower-income neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color. Buses are unreliable, crowded, and slow, and continue to pollute the air we breathe with dirty diesel exhaust, causing asthma and other health problems. Better public transit will alleviate these health problems and help combat climate change by cutting down on waste and pollution.
TRU members are currently demanding three things from the MBTA: more buses on the most crowded routes, reliable on-time bus service, and more bus service on nights and weekends. Richard Davey, general manager of the MBTA, attended one of our recent member meetings, and we are working with him to make these demands a reality.
Every rider has a place in our monthly meetings. We ask that you share your experiences on the T, your concerns, and your ideas with TRU so that we can build our own power to win improvements and the first-class service we all deserve.
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