Letter re: MAX Bus service
Municipal Area Express
Policy Steering Committee
On behalf of our members I wish to express our firm support for the continuation of the routes of the Municipal Area Express. It is a vital service for its riders and provides an important public benefit by encouraging use of mass transit for commuting to the El Segundo Employment Center, reducing congestion and air pollution.
We encourage the MAX participating jurisdictions to explore funding options (including regional, state and federal) to address operational and capital expenses as a means of providing relief to the stressed financial resources of the member agencies in meeting their apportioned share of continuing MAX services.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Letter re: Metro route #201
Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Dear Mr. Leahy:
On behalf of our members I wish to register our objection to the recent extension of the route 201 to Glenoaks Park for selected trips. Based on past experience we believe it is a waste of agency resources to the benefit of riders per day that can be counted on two hands. Sadly Metro allowed political influence to outweigh common sense. And we especially object to the total circumvention of the established processes for such service changes, especially consultation with the applicable service council (in this case the Westside/CentraI). We predict as when this was done in the creation of route 902 at the behest of a L.A. Councilperson, that Metro will eventually have to withdraw this service as being non-productive even though such was so evident beforehand that these services should never have been undertaken at all.
One final note in re the 201: we suggest Metro consider re-routing the southern end of the route by having it continue along Virgil to Wilshire, a last stop at Wilshire Vermont then via 6th Street its current terminal point at Shatto/Wilshire. This would provide service along a corridor that currently has none since the cancellation of route 26 and end the wasteful duplication of having the 201 operate along a stretch of Vermont that is already saturated with bus service including Rapid 754, local 204 and Dash Koreatown.