MTA Ordered to Add 125 Buses for Rush Hour

From Times Staff Reports

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was ordered Wednesday to put an extra 125 buses into daily rush-hour service by a federal mediator monitoring the transit agency.

Mediator Donald T. Bliss, a Washington lawyer overseeing a federal decree requiring the MTA to provide better bus service, ordered the extra buses to help ease overcrowding.

Over the last year, Bliss has repeatedly issued findings that the MTA is in violation of standards in the decree that limit the number of passengers forced to stand. The MTA carries about 1.1 million bus riders a day across 3,300 miles of routes in Los Angeles County.