MTA VOTES TO APPEAL COURT ORDER; DECISION ANGERS RIDERS.Byline: Douglas Haberman Daily News Staff Writer
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted Monday to launch its strongest legal opposition to a major bus fleet expansion recently ordered by a court-appointed official to reduce overcrowding overcrowding
overcrowding of animal accommodation. Many countries now publish codes of practice which define what the appropriate volumetric allowances should be for each species of animal when they are housed indoors. Breaches of these codes is overcrowding. .
The board voted behind closed doors to go to U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter to appeal the May 14 order by Special Master Donald Bliss - and to go to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals if necessary.
Further angering bus riders, the board then adopted a $2.5 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that includes no money for complying with Bliss' order.
``There's nothing in there for the public you serve,'' Bus Riders Union member Norma Henry told the board.
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. Deputy Chief Executive Officer Allan Lipsky said the budget includes $44 million for measures to reduce overcrowding as well as funds for the purchase of new buses. The MTA plans to put 160 ``peak hour'' buses on the streets in fiscal year 1999-2000.
But Bliss' order made it clear he didn't believe that was enough. He ordered the agency to buy 481 buses to expand its fleet and to lease 248 buses immediately while the agency awaits delivery of the 481 buses, and to hire the drivers and mechanics needed to operate the buses. The order is meant to reduce passenger crowding.
Appointed by Hatter, Bliss oversees the MTA's compliance with a 1996 court-sanctioned agreement with civil rights groups, including the Bus Riders Union, to reduce overcrowding and improve bus service.
In a statement released after the board's 75-minute closed-session discussion of the matter, Mayor Richard Riordan Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 2003–2005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993–2001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. said Bliss' May 14 order ``would waste taxpayer money that could more effectively be used to help the transit dependent. . . . The order also fails to adequately consider the huge financial commitments already made toward improving MTA bus service and ignores the financial realities of the MTA.''
In a separate statement, MTA Chief Executive Officer Julian Burke noted that the agency is already committed to buying 2,095 buses by June 2004.
Carrying out Bliss' order, Burke said, would siphon siphon (sī`fən, –fŏn), tube through which a liquid is lifted over an elevation by the pressure of the atmosphere and is then emptied at a lower level. funds away from other programs, including street and highway improvements that serve 6 million motorists, the county's 16 non-MTA municipal bus operators, the MTA's light rail and subway subway: see rapid transit.
Underground railway system used to transport passengers within urban and suburban areas. The first subway line, 3. systems and even transit-related services for the disabled Services for the disabled are those government or other institutional services specifically provided to enable people who are disabled to participate on equal grounds in society. .
Bus riders were displeased dis·please
v. dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing, dis·pleas·es
To cause annoyance or vexation to.
To cause annoyance or displeasure. at the vote to seek judicial review.
``Sardine sardine: see herring.
Any of certain species of small (6–12 in., or 15–30 cm, long) food fishes of the herring family (Clupeidae), especially in the genera Sardina, Sardinops, and Sardinella. cans are OK for sardines, but we are human beings,'' June Walker of Hollywood told the board. ``Show us that you really are for us and not against us.''
Other Bus Riders Union members were irate i·rate
1. Extremely angry; enraged. See Synonyms at angry.
2. Characterized or occasioned by anger: an irate phone call. that the budget anticipates board approval of a 7 percent fare increase, which would up the standard $1.35 one-way fare for bus and rail to $1.45. The fare hike would raise an estimated $10.3 million in revenues, helping balance the MTA budget.
A July 10 public hearing is scheduled on the proposed fare hike, after which the board will vote on it. If approved, it would go into effect in November.