Metro Recovers $40 Million
To be exact, the number is $39,404,362 and it comes from the Department of Water and Power for overcharging utility costs according to a press release from Metro.
Metro along with several other governmental agencies have won a joint lawsuit against DWP, charging that the DWP was over billing the agency for utility services over an eight year period. DWP is to pay back approximately $225 million in overcharges to several government agencies that include the Los Angeles Unified School District, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Community College District, the County of Los Angeles and California State Agencies.
With $40 Million, what would you do with LA County's Transportation Agency? Keep in mind, $40 Million really doesn't go that far. For example, the Orange Line expansion to Chatsworth (that's about 5 or so miles of busway, not even light rail) will cost an estimated $135 Million. But hey, ever million helps.