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It was last Thursday. A trip to Echo Park, car free. The 750 Rapid down Ventura Blvd. to the Universal Red Line Station. Take the Red Line, get off at MacArthur Park, and take the 200 down Alvarado to Sunset.

It was rush hour and both buses were packed to the brim. Now that the consent decree is no longer in effect, will this be the sign of the times? Does this brand of uncomfortable overcrowding help market the image of public transportation?

Photo taken on the 200 at Alvarado & Wilshire. 5 people were standing on the other side of camera.