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Restoring Service May Take Days

November 18, 2003

The MTA's focus in the next few days will be getting its transit system running again.

The agency has a fleet of 2,400 buses and more than 60 miles of subway and light-rail lines stretching from North Hollywood to Long Beach to Pasadena. Because vehicles and tracks need inspections and fueling, service will return piecemeal, though officials believe the entire system will be back in operation by Friday.

Officials hope to have about half the bus fleet and two railways -- the Red and Blue lines -- running on limited schedules today, MTA spokesman Marc Littman said.

If the agency can get its workers back and its tracks and trains inspected, the Red Line would run between North Hollywood and Union Station but would not run today on the Wilshire Boulevard spur, Littman said.

The MTA plans to try to run Blue Line service from the Willow Street station in Long Beach to the downtown Los Angeles Metro Station stop at 7th Street. The agency hopes to have trains on both lines running every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bus and train service will be free until Saturday. Transit passes from October and November will be honored through the end of the year.

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