VTA (Valley Transit) Santa Clara
Service Cuts to Disproportionately
Hurt Minorities and Low Income People

To the Editor
Sam Jose Mercury News
23 December 2002


Joe Rodriguez is right (December 21). Lower income people rely on buses more than light rail. The Valley Transit Authority threat to cut 70 percent of bus service, while cutting only 10 percent of light rail service would fall much  harder on low income people. It would disadvantage minorities disproportionately as well. According to the 2000 Census, work trip bus ridership by Hispanics in Santa Clara County is more than five times that of Non-Hispanic Whites (6.5 percent compared to 1.2 percent). African-American work trip bus ridership is 4.5 times that of Non-Hispanic Whites, at 5.4 percent. All three groupings rely on light rail to the tune of from 0.2 to 0.3 percent. Something is amiss.



Wendell Cox

Principal Wendell Cox Consultancy, St. Louis

Former Member, Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (1977-1985)

Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

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