For the last 10 years, the MTA has been operating under a consent decree arising out of a lawsuit brought by the Bus Riders Union against the MTA. In essence, the suit was about bus service to poor transit-dependent minority residents. The consent decree forced the MTA to spend about $1.3 billion to expand service, ease crowding, and add buses. Today, a federal judge lifted the consent decree and opened the door to a massive reorganization of the Metro bus lines. For those of you who ride the bus, big changes could be afloat in routes, timing, and service, but there’s nothing that these changes can do to make the buses go any faster.
· MTA Consent Decree Lifted [LA Daily News]