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News Releases from October, 2003

October 31, 2003
Statement by MTA CEO Roger Snoble Response to ATU's Call for Binding Arbitration October 31, 2003

We welcome the mechanics union's offer to return to work. It is critically important that we get Metro buses and trains rolling again so that our half-million transit riders are no longer stranded.

Keywords: Roger Snoble, Binding Arbitration, ACU
October 30, 2003
MTA October Monthly Transit Passes to be Honored in November

While MTA mechanics remain on strike, all municipal bus operators and Metrolink commuter rail have agreed to accept MTA October passes as valid fare payment until further notice.

Keywords: Monthly, Transit Passes, November
October 23, 2003
Obituary - Dorothy Gray Developed MTA's Library into One of Nation's Best Transportation Research Resources

Dorothy Gray, who served as the Los Angeles County MTA's Library Services manager for 13 years, died Oct. 19 at her home in Los Angeles. A native of Winterville, Miss., who grew up in Yazoo City, Miss. she was 58.

Keywords: Dorothy Gray, Library, Obituary
October 22, 2003
MTA Announces "Metro School Pool" Rideshare Program to Help Parents Get Their Children to and from Schools

Recognizing that the transit strike has made it difficult for students to get to and from class safely and on time, MTA announces a partnership with area schools that will provide free, school-specific rideshare information to parents.

Keywords: Rideshare Program, School, Children
October 21, 2003
MTA-Led Panel Makes Recommendations in Wake of September Bus Stop Wounding of Three Taft High School Students

(Los Angeles) - A multi-agency task force formed by MTA to review bus-operating procedures following a Sept. 9 shooting of three students at a bus stop near Taft High School in Woodland Hills has recommended a broad series of steps to improve the safety of LAUSD students. Task force members including MTA, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the district's police department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will carry out the 12-step action plan.

Keywords: Students, Bus Stop
October 18, 2003
'Lifeline' Transit Service Operating in Los Angeles County during Labor Strike

MTA updates the following information about "lifeline" transit services available in Los Angeles County on a daily basis, or as changes occur.

Keywords: Transit Service, Strike
October 16, 2003
Ridematch.Info Web Site Logs Record Number of Visits as L.A. Commuters Explore Ridesharing Options in Midst of Countywide Transit Strike

13,652 web site visits recorded since strike began as more commuters seek transportation alternatives

Keywords:, strike, commuters
October 15, 2003
MTA Plans Lifeline Transit Services in Los Angeles County

October 15 - Beginning today, contracted bus routes operated for MTA by First Transit Inc. are not in operation due to a work stoppage.

Keywords: Lifeline, Transit Services
October 14, 2003
Transit Riders Have Other Choices During Strike Against MTA

The strike action called by the union representing MTA mechanics and maintenance employees interrupts transit service, beginning Oct. 14, to Metro Bus and Metro Rail customers. Metrolink, AMTRAK and the region's municipal transit operators are not affected by the walkout.

Keywords: Riders, Strike
October 14, 2003
MTA Mechanics Union on Strike; Transit Service Disrupted

October 14 - The union representing MTA maintenance employees has gone on strike as of 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, October 14. The ATU, representing 2,000 maintenance employees, ordered union members to walk off the job after rejecting four contract offers made by the MTA. Leaders of MTA's three other unions, representing bus and train operators and clerks, have said their union members will observe ATU picket lines.

Keywords: Union, Strike, Transit Service
October 13, 2003
MTA Urges Union Leaders to Back Off from Strike Threat

MTA officials today urged leaders of the union representing MTA's maintenance workers not to go on strike and strand hundreds of thousands of public transit users, wreck the regional economy and clog Los Angeles streets and freeways.

Keywords: Union, Strike
October 09, 2003
Metro Westside/Central Service Sector Names Frank Lonyai New Maintenance Manager of MTA's Gateway Division 10

Rowland Heights Resident Gets Top Job

Keywords: estside/Central, Service Sector, Frank Lonyai, Manager
October 08, 2003
MTA Partners with L.A. Times to Provide Transportation Curriculum for School Children

MTA has partnered with the Los Angeles Times to provide a new transportation curriculum this school year for L.A.-area schools that helps students learn more about the area's transportation system while improving their reading, writing and social studies skills.

Keywords: LA Times, Transportation Curriculum, School
October 06, 2003
MTA Promotes Option For Those Who Rideshare Everyday But Need To Get Home In An Emergency

MTA is promoting another incentive for commuters who are currently sharing the ride to work. Now commuters are guaranteed a ride home if they have to work late at the office or have a family emergency and must leave early.

Keywords: Rideshare, Emergency
October 02, 2003
New Ride Matching Web Site Ready For Rideshare Week Oct. 6-10In anticipation of Rideshare Week Oct. 6-10, 2003, five county agencies announce the launch of a newly designed Web site that enables commuters interested in ridesharing to easily find each helps people find rideshare partners throughout Southern California

Keywords: Rider, Ride Share
October 01, 2003
Take Metro to Community Clean Up Days Oct. 11, 18

Angelenos interested in helping keep their city clean can take Metro Buses to two community Clean Up Days hosted by the Department of Public Works Saturday, Oct. 11 and 18.

Keywords: Community, Clean up
October 01, 2003
Metro San Fernando Valley Service Sector Names Maria Reynolds New Transportation Manager for West Valley Bus Division in Chatsworth

Maria Reynolds, a Simi Valley resident, has been named the new transportation manager at MTA's West Valley Division 8 in Chatsworth, announced MTA.

Keywords: Maria Reynolds, San Fernando Valley, Transportation Manager
October 01, 2003
Take Metro to Latino Heritage Closing Ceremony

Two Subway Stations at Entrance of Festival

Keywords: Latino Heritage, Ceremony
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