Faced with state funding constraints and extra expenses for next year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to save money by lengthening the time between its Los Angeles County subway and light-rail trains and operating shorter trains on some routes.
For now, the reductions will involve lengthening the time between trains by "a couple of minutes," said MTA operations chief John Catoe. In addition, he said, the agency may run shorter trains during slow periods on some routes. But he insisted that most passengers would not sharply feel the impact.
The MTA will also lay off 80 to 100 employees out of its 8,900-person workforce. However, the agency will also add 98 new employees to operate and maintain the new Orange Line busway system in the San Fernando Valley, which is to open in the fall.
The plans were detailed Thursday in the agency's proposed $2.8-billion budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year, which reflects a tightening of state and federal money for transportation. Sales taxes account for more than half of MTA's revenue; federal, state and local grants, about 22%; fares and advertising, about 10%.