The MTA is advising patrons of its Metro Bus and Metro Rail systems to make plans for other travel alternatives in the event of a strike, which could take place as early as 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, September 5. Negotiations with three of the MTA’s labor unions over the last five months have fallen short of an agreement to date. Unless a settlement or agreement to extend the negotiations is reached over the Holiday, the MTA’s unions could halt bus and rail service in Los Angeles County as early as next Tuesday morning.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 to receive public comment on proposed route and schedule modifications for the following Metro Bus services: 1) Harbor Transitway service modifications, 2) Wilshire-Whittier Corridor service refinement, 3) Ventura Corridor services refinements, and 4) Other service changes.
With the completion of the Metro Red Line subway system to North Hollywood and the implementation of two new Metro Rapid bus lines, ridership on MTA’s Metro system totaled more than 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday in July.
The amount of revenue collected from Metro Red Line ticket vending machines increased appreciably during the Democratic National Convention last week, a strong indication that many out-of-town visitors, including delegates and protesters, rode the system to reach Staples Center and other venues.
The MTA is encouraging the thousands of visitors expected to use the Metro Rail and Metro Bus systems during the Democratic National Convention to follow a few important safety tips while enjoying the convenience of MTA’s trains and buses.
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