Are some Metro execs driving their dirty, unreliable system?


About the editor: In subways and buses, not only safety is a problem, but also the lack of cleanliness is annoying. A recent experience made me so disgusted with the dirty conditions on the red/purple lines that I complained to Metro and several board members. (“Even as gas prices soar, safety concerns make LA transit difficult to sell,” March 11)

I’ve been an advocate for public transportation in Los Angeles since I moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area almost six years ago. Now the trains are full of urine, human excrement, garbage and marijuana smoke. The friendly cops are nowhere to be seen, and there are no Metro staff except for the suffering train driver.

There’s no way I’m going to take the subway to work when I go to the office next month. I’d be surprised if there’s a Metro board member that drives.

Linda Wobbe, Los Angeles


About the editor: The main problem with public transport isn’t so much crime or dirty buses, but inefficiency. While Metro has modern technology for tracking buses, it doesn’t work for passengers.

As a driver, I can tell you that even when buses are late, we can make good use of our time – if tracking were reliable.

Francisco Zelaya, Downey Are some Metro execs driving their dirty, unreliable system?

Caroline Bleakley

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