Lawsuit Shuts Down MTA Orange Line

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The MTA-s Orange Line Busway will whisk commuters from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills in just 40 minutes--if it ever gets built. The $300 million project is 40 percent complete, but an appellate court has halted construction because of a lawsuit. Homeowners from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills say the route, which was originally purchased for a subway, is a waste of money. The court has ordered the MTA to explain why it didn-t adopt a cheaper alternative network of rapid bus lines. Are homeowners really trying to save public money, or are they NIMBY-s opposed to progress? Warren Olney speaks with Diana Lipari, director of Citizens Organized for Smart Transit, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz, who spearheaded the creation of the MTA.
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Bowers' article on California's SUV ban

Gross vehicle weight rating

Metro Orange Line

Villaraigosa's campaign website

Proposition 12 (2000)



Warren Olney


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