With LA Metro's financial outlook improving, board members unanimously vote to put up more than $24 million to restore transit service.
The decision comes after Metro's directors received appeals from many riders asking them to undo cuts made earlier in the pandemic, amid declining revenues and ridership.
"A lot of people wrote to all of us, we agree with, heard loud and clear and have now incorporated to make sure that the restoration of bus service comes first in this especially as we, hopefully, get more and more funds in," says LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.
Several people told the Metro Board that service cuts are putting riders at risk
"I'm a quadriplegic and rely on health care workers to do everything for me from brushing my teeth to getting dressed in the morning. My care providers rely on Metro to get to my home because they don't have any other transportation. They have reported to me that, at times, buses are overcrowded and they have been late to work because they do not want to afford a crowded bus which puts all of our lives in danger," said one woman.
The board has also asked staff to work with the county and other transit agencies to come up with ways to provide rides to mega COVID-19 vaccination sites.