The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

L.A.:
Broken Trains

Apr 30, 2012

Over the last few months, Los Angeles County’s most-used light rail system, called the Blue Line, has been breaking down at an alarming rate, leading to long delays for the half a million people who ride it every week.

The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is called Metro, admits it has not been doing hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs of signals, tracks and passenger cars on that line. And that is only part of the 1.3 billion dollars in the deferred maintenance backlog throughout the L.A. bus and rail system.

This is not because of a lack of money. Metro’s budget is bigger than ever. But most of that money goes into the pockets of private contractors and subcontractors building – very slowly and very profitably – a few new transit lines.