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Bus Riders Union Has Unwarranted Power

March 12, 2004

I am very glad that the consent decree between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Bus Riders Union will end in 2006 (March 10). The decree has given power to an organization that has neither credibility nor understanding of mass transit operations. Its claims of "transit racism" have faded into obsolescence, as some 13 years of rail in Los Angeles have shown.

The union refuses to accept that the bus riders it supposedly serves (like me, for one) would rather have more rail services to more destinations, not more buses that just sit idly in traffic. I hope that special master Donald Bliss rejects the BRU's request, so that this organization no longer misinforms and hampers L.A.'s goals for better mobility.

Numan B. Parada

Tujunga

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