The Alliance for Community Transit-Los Angeles strives to create community transit – just, equitable, sustainable transit systems and neighborhoods for ALL people in Los Angeles, placing the interests of low-income communities and communities of color first as we create a more sustainable city.
ACT-LA envisions Los Angeles as a transit-rich city where all people have access to quality jobs, affordable housing, necessary social services, ample transportation options, and a voice in decision-making. The goal of a sustainable community is the reduction of toxic air pollution, the promotion of public health, and the strengthening of community culture and heritage.
ACT-LA will work to ensure that smart growth and urban revitalization do not mask, ignore, or deepen, the negative human and environmental impacts of the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles. By calling for a new Los Angeles that is accessible and affordable for all people—we seek to address existing development patterns in the Southland where many low-income communities and communities of color live in inner and outer ring suburbs, miles away from the region’s biggest economic engine or live in the City without reliable, affordable, or accessible transit.
As Southern California plans for the future, ACT-LA strives to eliminate the barriers and institutional policies that unduly and historically burden low-income communities and communities of color. Our goal is an equitable transformation that benefits and includes the low-income communities and communities of color who live in the transit areas and preserves the cultural resources that already exist in these neighborhoods.
Expenditure of public funds must be for all the public to benefit. Planned public investment in transit infrastructure can be done in a way that empowers communities and improves the lives of the existing residents who have invested their lives into the creation of culturally rich, vibrant neighborhoods. Community transit has the potential to benefit, rather than harm, the low income communities and communities of color that are currently living in transit corridors.