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Bus Riders Union To Protest Metro Service Cuts Today

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Members of the Bus Riders Union will be present at today's City Council meeting to speak out about their objections to the most recent round of Metro service cuts to bus lines. Those cuts will go into effect this weekend, and find numerous lines eliminated, shortened, or merged with other lines.

Additionally, members of the group intend to hold a protest "outside a Federal Transit Administration regional office," reports the Daily News.

Why is the BRU getting involved? They believe that the cuts affect "low income people and people of color who rely on the bus to get around," according to BRU organizer Sunyoung Yang.

The group has already "filed a complaint with the Federal Transit Administration civil rights office, which plans to conduct an on-site review of MTA bus operations in mid-July."

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Metro approved the cuts in March, and maintain that they are based on low ridership and a focus on greater efficiency, as well as their emphasis on enhancing their rail service offerings.