The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board unanimously approved a motion by Los Angeles County Mayor and MTA Director Michael D. Antonovich and fellow MTA Directors and County Supervisors Hilda Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Don Knabe to seek an independent review of the chronic red light rail violations plaguing the rail system.
“72 red light rail violations committed over the past 36 months is a failure of management. One red light violation a year is cause for concern – but an average of 24 is unacceptable,” said Antonovich.
46 of the 72 violations have occurred on the Blue Line, which runs mostly on the same corridor next to freight traffic between Los Angeles and Long Beach. During the past three years, 15 violations occurred on the Gold Line while seven occurred on the Expo Line.
The motion also calls for the MTA Inspector General to research and present a zero-tolerance policy for red light violations to the MTA Board in March. The Board will also send letters to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeking their partnership in helping MTA examine its management practices and eliminate red light violations on the rail system.