LOS ANGELES COUNTY : Senate OKs Bill Creating New Transit Authority

The state Senate on Monday approved legislation to abolish the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, replacing them with a new Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, effective in 1993.

A 26-6 vote in Sacramento sent the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar), back to the lower house for concurrence in upper house amendments. President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles), who handled the measure on the Senate floor, said the new transportation authority was "long overdue and demanded by the public."

The authority would be governed by a 13-member board to be chosen by Los Angeles County supervisors, the mayor and City Council of Los Angeles, and other cities within the county.

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