Metro Magazine Calls MTA One of '10 Most Improved Transit Systems' In North America

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    LOS ANGELES, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Magazine, a leading transit
 industry trade publication, has named the Los Angeles County Metropolitan
 Transportation Authority among the "10 Most Improved Transit Systems" in North
 America.  The list appears in an article in the publication's April, 2001,
 issue.
     "Today, the MTA is back on the road to fiscal health and is using its
 newfound stability to innovate again, this time with less-expensive bus
 service," said the article's authors, Metro's managing editor Leslie Davis and
 associate publisher/editor Cliff Henke.  "More than 1,000 new buses already
 are in service with more than 1,000 additional buses being ordered, and a
 record amount of bus service is on the road."
     Davis and Henke say they are hopeful that the magazine's readers "will
 take a measure of inspiration" from the accomplishments of the 10 systems
 cited in the article.  "Their triumphs are those of the industry as a whole,"
 the writers said.
     In naming the MTA to the list, Davis and Henke said it is no coincidence
 that the agency's turnaround began with the hiring of MTA CEO Julian Burke.
 MTA Board Chair Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, no relation to Mr. Burke, told Metro
 Magazine she agrees.
     "I don't think it's an understatement to say that Julian Burke transformed
 the MTA," she said.  "This is a much more stable agency and one that has a
 much better customer focus."
     Metro Magazine's list of the "10 Most Improved Transit Systems" also
 includes Athens Transit/The Bus (Athens, GA), Bloomington Public
 Transportation Corporation (Bloomington, IN), Greater Portland Transit
 District (Portland, ME), Metro Transit (Minneapolis, MN), New York City
 Transit Authority (New York City), Phoenix Transit (Phoenix, AZ), Southeastern
 Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia, PA), Toronto Transit
 Commission (Ontario, Canada) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
 Authority (Washington, D.C.).
     The list was compiled using transit industry ridership data and press
 releases, executive summaries of regional studies, etc.  The authors also
 based their findings on interviews compiled with industry officials and
 nominations solicited via a fax survey and on Metro Magazine's website.
 
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SOURCE Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    LOS ANGELES, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Magazine, a leading transit
 industry trade publication, has named the Los Angeles County Metropolitan
 Transportation Authority among the "10 Most Improved Transit Systems" in North
 America.  The list appears in an article in the publication's April, 2001,
 issue.
     "Today, the MTA is back on the road to fiscal health and is using its
 newfound stability to innovate again, this time with less-expensive bus
 service," said the article's authors, Metro's managing editor Leslie Davis and
 associate publisher/editor Cliff Henke.  "More than 1,000 new buses already
 are in service with more than 1,000 additional buses being ordered, and a
 record amount of bus service is on the road."
     Davis and Henke say they are hopeful that the magazine's readers "will
 take a measure of inspiration" from the accomplishments of the 10 systems
 cited in the article.  "Their triumphs are those of the industry as a whole,"
 the writers said.
     In naming the MTA to the list, Davis and Henke said it is no coincidence
 that the agency's turnaround began with the hiring of MTA CEO Julian Burke.
 MTA Board Chair Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, no relation to Mr. Burke, told Metro
 Magazine she agrees.
     "I don't think it's an understatement to say that Julian Burke transformed
 the MTA," she said.  "This is a much more stable agency and one that has a
 much better customer focus."
     Metro Magazine's list of the "10 Most Improved Transit Systems" also
 includes Athens Transit/The Bus (Athens, GA), Bloomington Public
 Transportation Corporation (Bloomington, IN), Greater Portland Transit
 District (Portland, ME), Metro Transit (Minneapolis, MN), New York City
 Transit Authority (New York City), Phoenix Transit (Phoenix, AZ), Southeastern
 Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia, PA), Toronto Transit
 Commission (Ontario, Canada) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
 Authority (Washington, D.C.).
     The list was compiled using transit industry ridership data and press
 releases, executive summaries of regional studies, etc.  The authors also
 based their findings on interviews compiled with industry officials and
 nominations solicited via a fax survey and on Metro Magazine's website.
 
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