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LA Fitness, MTA Style

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Angelenos who do not suffer from an eating disorder (or who lack access to a skilled liposuctionist) and are subsequently trying to shed the subcutaneous remnants of a month's worth of rich holiday foods now have a new ally in the battle of the bulge: the MTA.

Yes, your friendly local transit agency wants to help you become more fit by, you guessed it, encouraging you to forego driving in favor of of commuting via mass transit.

The MTA's "Metro Fit" webpage offers a number of health benefits of mass transit (more walking, and, um, more walking) as well as a pic of Councilmembers LaBonge and Garcetti bicycling to work, because if City Councilmembers bike to work for a once yearly photo op, so should you.

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More Transit Notes:

- Metrolink has announced a reduced service schedule for January 17 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Metrolink commuters (assuming there is such an animal) should note that this schedule will also be in effect for President's Day.

What's that you say? You don't know what date President's Day falls on!?!? What has the Republic come to?

- In this slightly old, but salient piece, the Daily News reports that the Air Quality Management District says that it is finally going to get serious about cleaning up the LA region's air. Apparently, the "news" that polluted air can scar the lungs of children has spurred officials into making heroic pronouncements, and tossing about such phrases as "taking off the gloves".

Let's hope they do.