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Metro, Not MTA & Other Transportation Erratums

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It is Caltrans with no space or capital T. We know, it looks way cooler like CalTrans or some variation, but according to their website and press releases, they go by the boring-with-uppercase-letter Caltrans.

It seems like all transit agencies have this dilemma. Metro wants to be called Metro, not MTA (the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) [get nerdy and call it LACMTA]. But no one wants to let go of the acronym, even the LA Times (how about RTD folks?). Here is what we get from Metro at the bottom of every press release:

Metro is the proper name in referring to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County. For the past three years Metro has been changing all its signage and other materials to reflect the name change
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"And who the hell is LADOT?!" people ask (note the no space between.