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Appeals court upholds MTA's victory over Bus Riders' Union

May 6, 2009 |  5:58 am

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had substantially complied with a consent decree requiring the agency to provide more bus service to low-income and minority residents of Los Angeles County.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision of U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter, who denied a request by the Bus Riders’ Union and other community groups to extend the court’s supervision of the MTA beyond 10 years. The groups had claimed the agency failed to reduce overcrowding on it busiest bus routes as required by the earlier consent decree.

Hatter found that the decree, which required the MTA to spend $1 billion to buy buses, add service and maintain low fares, had "served its purpose." The Bus Riders’ Union appealed the decision in December 2006.

— Dan Weikel