“We are frustrated and worried about how proposed Metro Transit service cuts and fare increases could impact families and workers who rely on transit every day. While we sympathize with the major budget gaps the Metropolitan Council is facing, it is not right to ask low-income residents and communities of color to pay more or do with less when this region’s transit system isn’t meeting their needs as it is. For years, the Minnesota legislature has refused to increase long-term funding for transit. Again in 2017 we are calling on them to step up.” –Jessica Treat, Chair of Transportation Forward, and Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smart Trips