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L.A. County MTA may use even longer buses in San Fernando Valley

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A Metro Gold Line train travels east from the city center as dusk descends on Los Angeles.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved a bill giving the Los Angeles County MTA authority to operate new, longer, articulated buses on the 14-mile Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley.

Brown approved a bill permitting buses in exclusive lanes to be up to 82 feet long. The route currently features articulated buses that are 65 feet long. The bill is by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks).

The lawmaker said his bill is needed “In order to effectively address the growing public transportation needs of  the San Fernando Valley, alleviate congestion and take  advantage of available transportation resources.”

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For the record, 2:39 p.m., Oct. 4: A earlier version of this post mistakenly said the governor had signed a bill allowing the Los Angeles County MTA to seek voter approval of a sales tax increase. The governor has not yet acted on that bill.

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