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Which way, LA?

Ted Balaker
October 26, 2006, 8:25am

In the 1980s, LA's local policy makers began diverting funds from a successful bus ridership program, which serves the transit dependent poor, toward rail construction, designed for more affluent "choice" riders. That prompted a decade-long legal tug-o-war between the Bus Riders Union and the MTA. That consent decree expires Sunday and won't be extended: Not surprisingly local officials were eager to yammer about their commitment to customers: But which customers come first? Those with two or three cars in the garage or those with no car at all? Article here. Related: Transit's Most Important Duty Related: Transit for the Rich–Oakland edition Related: LA Story (pdf)

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