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MTA ADDS 40 BUSES TO 25 HEAVILY TRAVELED BUS LINES TO EASE OVERCROWDING AND IMPROVE SERVICE QUALITY

 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- MTA this week has added a total of 40 buses to 25 of the MTA's most heavily traveled bus lines to relieve peak hour overcrowding.
 "We have identified 25 bus lines that are each currently operating with an average peak passenger load of over 62 people per bus trip. This means that 20 or more of these riders are standing," said MTA Chief Executive Officer Franklin White.
 "The addition of 40 buses to these lines will reduce the peak passenger loads on the MTA bus system, which is the most crowded major transit system in the nation," added White.
 The addition of these buses will reduce the average number of standees per bus to 16 and bring these lines into compliance with MTA loading standards.
 "This service enhancement program is an important element of the recently approved MTA budget aimed at restoring high quality service to the MTA bus system," said MTA Chairman and Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre.
 "Collectively, these bus lines provide service to more than half a million boarding passengers each weekday. By implementing this expansion program, MTA is dedicated to eliminating overcrowding and improving the quality of bus service on these lines," said Alatorre.
 Over 600 buses are presently assigned to these routes each morning and afternoon. The 40 additional buses will operate 75,000 revenue bus hours during this fiscal year at a cost of $4.5 million. They will provide a 6.5 percent increase in the capacity on these lines during weekday rush hours.
 Attached is a list of MTA Bus Lines to receive added service.
 Line 1 Hollywood Blvd.
 Line 2/3 Sunset Blvd.
 Line 14/38 Beverly/Adams Boulevards
 Line 16 W. Third Street
 Line 18 W. Sixth St./Whittier
 Line 26/51 Virgil Ave./Seventh St./Avalon Blvd.
 Line 30/31 Pico Blvd./E. First St.
 Line 33/333 Venice Blvd.
 Line 45/345 Broadway
 Line 53 Central Avenue
 Line 66/67 W. Eighth St./E. Olympic Blvd.
 Line 68 W. Washington Blvd./Brooklyn Ave.
 Line 70 Garvey Ave.
 Line 81 Figueroa St.
 Line 94 San Fernando Rd.
 Line 105 Vernon Ave./La Cienega Ave.
 Line 108 Slauson Ave.
 Line 152 Roscoe Blvd.
 Line 164 Victory Blvd./Vanowen St.
 Line 166 Nordhoff St.
 Line 180/181 Hollywood/Glendale/Pasadena
 Line 204/354 Vermont Ave.
 Line 206 Normandie Ave.
 Line 207/357 Western Ave.
 Line 560 Van Nuys Blvd./Westwood/LAX
 -0- 9/9/93
 /CONTACT: Rick Jager, 213-972-4400 or Jim Smart, 213-244-7443, both of MTA News Bureau/


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