A CTA, a commuter rail service, has a long history of failing to meet demand and has been the subject of controversy over whether it’s actually a viable way to get around.
The CTA trains to downtown Los Angeles.
(Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Los Angeles Times)The agency’s current CEO, Bill DeWitt, told a congressional committee last year that it was not a reliable method of getting around because it is too expensive to run and the train cars are often full.
But in his testimony, he said CTA would be able to improve its operation by having a fleet of newer trains and buses.
The CBA’s $15 million request to buy about 15,000 of those new buses has been backed by a coalition of cities and transportation advocates, and it’s expected to be approved by the Federal Transit Administration later this month.
That’s a big step in the right direction, but the agency needs to find new ways to make CTA more efficient.
Here’s a look at some of the challenges CTA faces.
Why do CTA’s buses need new cars?
The current fleet of buses has about 2,000 cars on the road, and those cars are aging.
That’s about twice the number of cars needed to handle the predicted increase in ridership.
The agency also has to replace some of its aging buses and has a backlog of about 5,000 buses.
CTA is paying more for the new buses than it would have paid for the old ones, and the agency is running out of money.
So why don’t you just buy more buses?
Most of the new CTA buses, which cost about $150,000 each, are new cars, which means they have no previous fleet.
They’re new because CTA has not been able to get a reliable fleet of older cars to replace them.
The problem is, new cars are more expensive than older cars, and older cars have not been updated to keep up with the demand of modern transportation.
The older cars are less efficient.CTA has been buying older buses for several years, but its new fleet is the largest in the nation.
It’s been building the buses in big, long-term contracts, which requires the agency to pay for them over a decade.
That creates a problem because COTA is paying $150 million to buy new buses and is still paying $100 million to maintain its old fleet.
CBA is paying about $400 million a year for the older buses, and that’s only a small fraction of what it would cost to replace the old buses with newer buses.
The new buses also cost more to operate and maintain, so the agency has to pay more for them.
The agency also needs to make sure that its old buses are fully functional.
The old buses were designed for decades, and CTA did not want to replace those.
That means they are more prone to failure and are more likely to crash.
CTA also needs a reliable, affordable way to serve downtown Los Angles, which is why it bought a fleet to replace its existing buses in 2013.CBA says it needs a fleet that can accommodate the increase in traffic.
A new CBA bus has been parked in a garage on the corner of South Congress and Van Ness.
(Photos: Mike Groll, Los Angies Times)But the agency also wants a reliable service that can provide people with an alternative to driving downtown.
The CBA has a bus rapid transit project that it hopes will bring the region’s population into downtown Los Santos, but that could be years away.
CTP is in the final stages of a pilot program that is expected to start in 2019.
It will use CTA bus lines, but it won’t be a full service.CTP is planning a rapid bus line that would run from downtown to the Los Angeles Convention Center, which would be the city’s second-busiest bus stop after the airport.
That line is expected at some point in 2019 or 2020, but only after CTA completes its rapid bus program and completes a fleet overhaul.CATA says the new fleet will be cheaper than the existing buses.
But CTA says the buses are already so expensive that it won�t be able buy new ones, even if they were more reliable.
It says CTA needs to start buying buses so it can keep up its commitment to make the trains run more smoothly and increase its ridership numbers.
That may sound like a good thing, but CTA also is going to have to replace many of its buses and needs a more efficient fleet to help it do that.
A new fleet of CTA commuter buses.
(File photo: LACBC)Some of the other challenges the CTA does have are that it has to find better ways to serve Downtown L.A., which is where most of its riders live.
That is where CTA hopes to expand its service, and a