Mid-City CAN and a coalition of advocates from around the state traveled to Sacramento on March 15 to support Assembly Bill 610 - Youth Transit Pass Pilot Program: free youth transit passes. Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 had its hearing on transportation that day and the budget is key to whether the bill moves forward. Mid-City CAN's Policy Advocate Belen and youth leaders Omar and Frida all provided testimony to support AB 610.
"I have been a transit rider my whole life starting since elementary school all the way through college. I rely on this program (Youth Opportunity Pass) ... that's why I'm here to ask you to allocate $94M to fund our youth transit passes across the state," said Frida during her testimony. Click here to view public comments from some of the advocates.
Mid-City CAN and the coalition participated in a rally where the authors of the bill spoke. The co-author of AB 610 - Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath - also spoke at the rally. "What do we want? Free transit! When do we want it? Now!" the coalition chanted. After the rally the coalition lobbied and asked elected leaders to fund youth transit passes. Tell state leaders to fund the bill by clicking here.
We thank our ally Move LA for organizing Lobby Day!
📷: Move LA