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L.A.'s bus system: Metro's neglected stepchild

To the editor: Thank you for including the importance of buses in your editorial. ("Better buses, balanced budgets: Advice for Metro's new CEO," editorial, May 10)

I am a Metro rider, and buses are indeed "the stepchildren of the system." My line is often 15 to 20 minutes late with no explanation. Without good bus service it is very difficult for riders to get to light-rail and subway stations. I like rail and want to access it with minimum fuss.

Also, windows are usually dirty, and buses often smell unpleasant. These aren't good incentives for people to ride transit.

Los Angeles does not have an adequate transit system, setting it apart from other global cities. Assigning buses to a secondary status puts this city even further behind.

John Brickley, Los Angeles

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