This is a new project being initiated by the new Richmond IWW chapter. GRTC and the state of Richmond’s public transportation are both in poor repair. If we want a more socially just community then we need more effective and accessible public transportation options. Please consider helping out RTRU, talking to folks in your area about it, etc.
Especially in areas like Southern Barton Heights, where we do not have many local jobs, stores, grocery stores, restaurants etc. people need a way to get to these important things. If the buses cost more and have decreased routes, this directly impacts the lives of many working class and poor people. Cutting public transportation is classist, and often implicitly racist. Cutting public transportation is an attack on working class and poor people. Joining together increases our ability to stand up for our right to public transportation that is effective and accessible.
There is not yet a website for this group, but there will be soon.
You can contact RTRU at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is more information about what the group hopes to do:
“About 88 percent of the Richmond region’s commuters travel to and from work in a car, typically alone,”
Public transit is necessary for the mobility of the elderly and the disabled. It is necessary for communities without markets to access the things they need. For those without a car, it is the ability to seek necessary medical attention, to keep a job, and to get home at the end of the closing shift. It is necessary because the valorization of car ownership leads to ecological disaster, exacerbates the fight for fossil fuels, batters local budgets by deteriorating roads over and over again, and results in daily misery with the widespread congestion of commuting workers.
However, here in Richmond, VA, year after year, bus fares increase and service is cut. The buses have little to no access to suburban job centers. The poor, working-class, and communities of color are punished daily for not subscribing to the car-ownership money pit. And the drivers and mechanics who are the life-blood of the bus system are underpaid, and mistreated. (more…)