Minnesota does not, as far as I can tell, have a bus or transit riders union.
Other cities do [this is an incomplete list, I don’t think there is an organization of transit riders unions, but maybe it is just hidden somewhere]:
- Long Island
- Los Angeles
- New Bedford
- New York (Riders Alliance) (Straphangers)
- San Francisco
- Santa Clara
Some of these are more grassroots and more successful than others. Los Angeles most notably beat down a fare increase on bus riders to pay for rail service.
Right now in Minnesota most advocacy is done on behalf of transit users, or worse for “future transit users”, but not directly by actual transit users. There ought to be a local organization of, by, and for transit users. An organization which understands local problems in detail and can develop possible solutions. One that focuses at least as much on operations as on plans. Discuss, organize …
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