Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012
A Bus Riders Union organizer was quoted as saying that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority could have shifted money from rail, highway and other projects to preserve bus service that will be canceled due to poor productivity and duplication of other service.
However, only funding that is legally designated by Sacramento and Washington as “operations eligible” can be used to operate service. Virtually all of the money provided by the state and federal governments for construction projects is designated as “capital funding” and is not operations eligible.
In other words, that money cannot be shifted to cover the costs of operating service.
This is nothing new; the restrictions on funding have existed since before the Bus Riders Union came onto the scene.