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Metro's 'Boondoggle' of a TAP Story Starting to Get National News Airtime

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$46 million spent on turnstiles for Metro stations and they still are not operational. That's what the Daily News exposed last month in a story, which was followed by a LA Times editorial slamming the program. Add today when Fox News took it on with Kymberleigh Richards of Southern California Transit Advocates laying out the issue.

"How did millions of taxpayer dollars get so easily wasted, especially on a state that's broke?" asked Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade.

Richards explained that Metro installed the turnstiles before all fare media had been migrated to work with the Transit Access Pass (TAP) system. That is to say, if Metro can't sell every customer a ticket that will get them through a gate, those turnstiles are not going to be activated.

Added: As a commenter below notes, Fox & Friends pretty much censored putting the camera on Richards, who is transgender. Mediaite takes that aspect on in a post today.