In 1994, a coalition including the BRU, LSCS, Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed class action civil rights lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for its racist and discriminatory policies. The suit charged that LACMTA used Federal funds in a discriminatory manner, which is prohibited by Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to bring subways and new buses to typically white suburbs at the expense of immmigrant and minority urban areas<ref name="Bus Riders Union" />.
The matter was settled before the and resulted in the 1996 MTA/BRU Consent Decree Compliance. This 10-year agreement obligated the LACMTA to make the bus system and the transit-dependent a funding priority
by several means: <ref>http://www. thestrategycenter.org/campaign/consent-decree-compliance "Consent Decree Compliance" </ref>
* Reduction of bus overcrowding
* New Service lines to major centers of employment, education and healthcare throughout the county
Establishement of a Joint Working Group (joint BRU and MTA policy making body that oversees the implementation of the Consent Decree) == Accomplishments, Strategies and Goals == === Accomplishments === The BRU claims several results of their campaigns<ref name="Bus Riders Union" />:
* Blocked the elimination of the monthly bus pass and reduced its fares from $49 to $42. * Establishment of the first $11 weekly bus pass which resulted in millions of dollar saved for transit users and increased ridership. * 2,000 new CNG-powered buses, replacing aging deisel-powered buses. Addition of 300 more buses. * Establishment of Bus Rapid Transit lines on major surface streets. Bus Only Lane on the 20-mile Wilshire Blvd. from downtown to the ocean. * Over $2.5 Billion of funds redirected to bus systems . * 1 Million+ Annual Bus Service Hours Added and 12% Increase in Bus Ridership. * Created 800+ New Public Sector, Green, Union Jobs. * Eliminated the Student Pass Application Process (increasing its use by 64%). === Campaigns ===
The BRU claims to represent over 400,000 bus riders in Los Angeles County, the bus drivers, and the transit dependent including minorities, immigrants, students and low income workers. The BRU often cooperates with related civil rights groups to spread awareness, raise funds and bring class action lawsuits such as in the 1994 case against LACMTA.
Finally, the BRU organizes public speaking events and attends rallies, marches,and protests through the Drum and Chant Corps <ref>http://www.thestrategycenter.org/node/5678 "Campaigns"</ref>.
===== Stop the Transit Cuts =====
The BRU works to stop the elimination and reduction of bus service. As of 2011, they campaigned to stop the bus cuts of 11 lines and the reduction of 16 others <ref>http://www.thestrategycenter.org/campaign/mta-slashing-bus-service-attacking-civil-rights-bus-riders "MTA slashing bus service"</ref>.
===== No Fare Hike =====
In response to public pressure and the 1996 Consent Degree, the LACMTA bus fare was stable for 10 years. The BRU opposed plans for LACMTA's 1997 fare increases proposal that increased a daily pass from $3 to $5. The BRU claims the increases hurt minorities and leads to an increase of automobile users, carbon emissions from the automobile usage and ulitmately climate change and lung disease. The LACTMA admitted that ridersip decreased by 5% within a year after the fare increases. In addition, ridership increased by 41% between 19882-1985 when fares were reduced<ref>http://www.thestrategycenter.org/campaign/no-fare-hike</ref>.
===== Clean Air and Economic Justice Plan for Measure R =====