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MTA Marks Clean Air Anniversary

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The MTA has done a lot of bonehead things, and in this space we have enumerated many of them (but not all, not by a longshot), perhaps to the point of losing sight of those things the MTA gets right.

One of those things is the MTA's decision 11 years ago to shift to buying only Alternative Fuel Vehicles for their bus fleet. That decision has, according to the MTA, paid off in removing "approximately 6,400 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions and 50 tons of particulate matter from L.A. skies since [MTA] began using compressed natural gas buses".

That's a lot of crud that could be floating around LA and clogging the bronchial passages of asthmatic kids (and anyone else who breathes). Imagining MTA's ridiculously large bus fleet as a horde of diesel-burning, particulate-belching smog machines nearly brings anticipatory pollution-induced tears to our eyes.

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Good at 'em for their foresight.

Now if they could just get off their bus fixation and extend the Red Line down Wilshire already...

In Other Transit Notes:

• Civic leaders in the Foothill Communities are pushing forward in their effort to construct a Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Montclair. The public comment period on the Draft EIR has ended, and cities along the proposed route are finalizing station plans in advance of the Final EIR.

• The proposed Exposition Light Rail Line, which would intially run from Downtown to Culver City, and later all the way to Santa Monica, is in the final stage of the EIR process. The final report is done, and will soon be open to public review. If all goes well, groundbreaking is scheduled for 2006, with Phase 1 completion in 2010.