About This Blog

This blog is about recurrent problems with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's public transit system. My particular crusade involves flagship line 910 (the "Silver Line") and its persistent, institutional unreliability after 9 PM.

I have been dealing directly and in good faith with Metro for some time now on this issue, but that private dialog has not resulted in any improvement in service. I started this blog in an attempt to provide another more public source of motivation for Metro to address their systemic failures.

Below I have posted my entire email exchange with Metro on this subject, and I will continue to update as the saga continues. The correspondence begins in November of 2011 only because that is when I discovered how to contact customer service. The problems with the silver line (and its transitway predecessors) started well before then. This email chain is unedited, except that I redacted my own name and contact info, and I removed redundant quotes of previous messages. Names and email addresses of Metro personnel have not been removed. I encourage you to contact them with your own thoughts. Also, feel free to leave comments here. I will probably delete anything vacuous or off topic, but if you have other complaints that aren't getting any traction, or if you have any suggestions that might improve service, please let me know.

For new visitors, the best way to read this blog is chronologically from bottom to top. The earliest entry is dated 2011-11-30. Since I can't seem to force all the posts onto one page, you'll have to start by clicking "2011" in the "Blog Archive" just below, or scroll all the way down and click "Older Posts."



From: fixmetro
Subject: RE: silver line MIA
Date: March 13, 2012 18:10:28 PDT
To: HorneT@metro.net

The problem here lies solely with metro --- the drivers and their managers --- NOT the patrons.

I already knew that "patrons are supposed to wait on figueroa". That's what I've been doing. The problem is that the drivers don't seem to know that BUSES ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP ON FIGUEROA. The policy is clear to any patron that can read. Please tell the service planning manager to train the drivers on the policy. They must be on figueroa after 10 pm. The transition time has nothing to do with when caltrans decides to put up the detours on any given night. It is 10 pm. Period. Very simple. Please let me know when this training has occurred. Thank you.

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