from the "Metro
Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library" Transportation
Advocacy and Selected Research Organizations page:
Also related the to the ... group of local transit advocacy websites
is www.brutruth.com which seeks to
provide the "other side of the story" to that promulgated
by the BRU. An additional source of information about BRU
the national database of non-profit organizations.
Users can view
the annual IRS form 990 filing of any non-profit organization. The 990
details sources of funding, investments, financial statements,
the board of directors and executive salaries.
The Bus Riders Union in not a free standing, individual group, but is a project
of the Labor/Community Strategy Center. Their Employer Identification
Number (EIN) is 95-4201669.
The Bus Riders
Union (BRU) describes itself as a transit advocacy
group dedicated toward fighting bus overcrowding on Metro Buses.
The BRU was founded around 1994 by Eric Mann as a project
of the Labor/Community Strategy Center of which Mann is the Executive
Director. Essentially, the BRU believes that Metro bus service
should be frequent and extensive as possible, while enabling most
patrons to have a seat on the majority of trip with minimal fares.
They are against any investment in urban rail, commuter rail and
even rapid bus service contending that they only serve affluent
white people while ignoring the core market of Metros transit
service poor people of color. Because they view this as
a civil rights issue, they sued Metro in 1995 in Federal Court
over these issues and entered into a consent decree agreement
with Metro, gaining concessions on fares, bus passes, expanded
bus service and improved bus frequency on the most crowded lines.
The BRU derives its funding from large individual contributions and a small amount from foundation grants. It has received legal support from the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other civil rights
groups. The BRU is also involved with pro Palestinian activities,
and other causes which do not appear directly related to Metro