Friday April 16, 2004
Jurors choose convenience over traffic congestion; trade mileage allowance for transit pass.
The program is now available to jurors who report to one of the following five Los Angeles Superior Court district courts:
Alhambra Courthouse, 150 W. Commonwealth, Room 447, Alhambra, CA 91801
East Los Angeles Courthouse, 214 S. Fetterly Avenue, Room G-02, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Glendale Courthouse, 600 E. Broadway, Room 232, Glendale, CA 91205
Burbank Courthouse, 300 E. Olive Avenue, Room 224, Burbank, CA 91502
Hollywood Courthouse, 5925 Hollywood Blvd, Room 110-A, Hollywood, CA 90028
"Each month hundreds of Los Angeles Superior Court jurors discover that the Metro Bus and Rail System can be a very convenient alternative to driving solo to their courtrooms," said Roger Snoble, MTA CEO. "I'm confident we'll see the same response from jurors at the five district courts we're adding to the program."
Other benefits of the program include no parking problems or long walks to the courthouse, expanded range of dining and shopping opportunities during lunch periods, and decreased traffic congestion.
The Metro Juror Pass Program began in March 2003 with four downtown Los Angeles Courts: Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple St.; Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St.; Central Civil West Courthouse, 600 S. Commonwealth St.; and Metropolitan Courthouse, 1945 S. Hill St.
The program was later made available to six additional district courts: Compton, 200 W. Compton Blvd.; Van Nuys, 6230 Sylmar Ave.; Long Beach, 415 W. Ocean Blvd.; Airport, 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd.; Norwalk, 12720 Norwalk Blvd.; and Pasadena, 300 E. Walnut St.
Jurors at all participating courts receive information about the program on their summons and can opt into the program on their first reporting day. Posters promoting the program are displayed and brochures, bus schedules and train schedules are available at each of the juror assembly rooms.
The Metro Juror Pass is valid throughout the Metro Bus and Rail System's service area on all local, limited-stop and Metro Rapid buses, and on the Metro Red, Blue, Green and Gold lines.
A juror survey conducted in 2003 found that about one in five jurors would use the Metro Bus and Rail System if they were able to exchange their mileage reimbursement for a Metro pass.