Monday, April 26, 2010

Metrolink Board Saves IE-OC Off-Peak Trains

Due to budgetary constraints, a total of 12 trains were slated for elimination at a recent Metrolink board meeting, including two mid-day trains on the IE-OC line. The Board, however, voted to eliminate only 4- San Bernardino Line trains 306 and 323 and Ventura County trains 105 and 114. They also voted to impose a 6% fare increase, starting in July. Final approval of the next fiscal year budget is slated for the June board meeting.

In a surprise move, considering what happened last time the IE-OC line was on the chopping block, both RCTC and OCTA, as well as LA Metro, stepped up with additional funding commitments to save the trains. That said, these commitments are subject to the approval of the RCTC and the OCTA Board at their next board meetings, and if they are not approved, we'll be looking at more service cuts again.

RCTC and OCTA, kudos for stepping up and keeping the trains rolling. Please lend final approval to these measures so that our transit system doesn't suffer yet more devastating cuts.

By the way, if you want to put some pressure on RCTC to do the right thing, you can find your Commissioner here, and you can visit the next Commission meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 9:30am at the County building downtown. Remember that, if you live in a city, you've possibly got two representatives on the Commission- your City's representative, and your County Supervisor. Use this to your advantage and nag them both.

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