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Southern California Transit Advocates is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of public transportation in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Are you satisfied with public transit in Southern California?

Are trains and buses reliable? Fast? Comfortable? Do they go where you want to go, when you want to go there? Is the fare reasonable? Are you getting the service you deserve?

Or, do you drive alone in a car, van, truck, or other similar vehicle during peak hours more than two or three times per week? Do you like the traffic jams that happen in all big cities during peak hours?

If you're not happy with the answers to these questions, you can join your fellow riders and commuters in working for better public transportation.

Southern California Transit Advocates (SO.CA.TA) is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit educational organization working to improve transit service in the five-county Southern California area. Most of us are regular riders of Metro, other local bus lines, and Metrolink. Some of us are transit professionals, some have become experts through long years of riding and observing, and some are simply concerned citizens who recognize the importance of good public transit to our communities' quality of life.

SO.CA.TA wants safe, clean, comfortable, reliable, and efficient transit that takes people where they want, when they want, and at a reasonable fare. We want service coordinated among Metro, other municipal bus operators, and Metrolink so that passengers could shift from overcrowded buses and roads to reliable rapid transit and commuter trains. We want transit boards, whether appointed or elected, to be responsive to riders' needs; they must not look at transit as a source of patronage jobs and contracts for political cronies. We believe that transit facilities should be built for the convenience and accessibility of the public, not for the egos of politicians and bureaucrats.

All SO.CA.TA members receive The Transit Advocate newsletter, which contains information about public transit projects and public meetings. We also have developed a transit guide which makes using buses and trains more convenient.

In conclusion, we of the Southern California Transit Advocates will not accept anything less than the very best public transit, achievable within our limited resources, for the five county Los Angeles metropolitan area.

SO.CA.TA Supports . . .

Improvement of existing bus services

Development of a rail network for Southern California, with at-grade or elevated construction preferred where possible, and subways only where high ridership potential exists or topography dictates.

Adoption of coordinated service, with joint fare and transfer agreements between transit operators.

Integrated and comprehensive transit construction and planning.

SO.CA.TA Opposes. . .

Continued freeway construction, roadway development, and traffic capacity expansion, especially at the expense of needed public transit development.

"Technological adventurism" -- the use of novel technologies (e.g. maglev) which have not been developed enough for public transit use and do not deliver a significant benefit over conventional technologies.

Rating of public transportation projects based more on political expediency than on potential ridership.