$230,000 SPENT TO REPAIR SUBWAY LEAKS.
Byline: Lisa Mascaro Staff Writer
The MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
(2) See M Technology Association.
1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. spent $230,000 to repair leaks in the Metro subway tunnel near Universal City that caused corrosion, damaged safety equipment and, if left untreated, could have led to an electrical fire, officials said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plugged the holes with grout Grout
A binding or structural agent used in construction and engineering applications. Grout is typically a mixture of hydraulic cement and water, with or without fine aggregate; however, chemical grouts are also produced. shortly after fire inspectors detected the problem last fall. The Los Angeles Fire Department The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), also known as the Los Angeles City Fire Department to distinguish it from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Los Angeles. has since given the subway a clean bill of health a certificate from the proper authority that a ship is free from infection.
See also: Clean .
``There was no imminent danger,'' said Battalion Chief Mike Littleton. ``That's just something you deal with in subways. Water intrusion is common in subways wherever you go. I walked that tunnel a week after it opened; they had water in then.''
The Fire Department spotted the leaks near the Universal City Station in August during a routine review in the area between the Universal and Hollywood/Highland stations, officials said. The MTA had the problem fixed by October.
``It sounds a lot worse than it actually is,'' said Rob Chappell, MTA's director of rail maintenance.
Officials said water trickles through cracks in the concrete walls, then collects on the floor of the subway tracks, where it is drained or pumped from the floor.
In this case, the water trickled onto Fire Department safety equipment, corroding cor·rode
v. cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing, cor·rodes
1. To destroy a metal or alloy gradually, especially by oxidation or chemical action: acid corroding metal. a water main, safety door and electrical boxes. Over time, it could have damaged cables and possibly sparked an electrical fire, officials said.
The MTA staff is asking the board for authority to hire a company that could provide on-call grouting grout
a. A thin mortar used to fill cracks and crevices in masonry.
b. A thin plaster for finishing walls and ceilings.
2. Chiefly British Sediment; lees. Often used in the plural. services so future problems could be immediately addressed, Chappell said.
``We have an excellent tunnel, but any time you have concrete anywhere, (and) you have little cracks, water's going to find the path of least resistance Noun 1. path of least resistance - the easiest way; "In marrying him she simply took the path of least resistance"
line of least resistance
fashion - characteristic or habitual practice ,'' he said. ``When we have 2 1/2-3 inches of rainstorm, the water's got to go somewhere.''