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haven't already done so, please read the Metro
LA Metro / MTA Documents
Metro, also known as the MTA, and formally
County Metropolitan Transit Authority, operates bus,
subway, and light
rail public transit in Los Angeles County. Metro
has red light
cameras at road crossings along its Orange Line
east-west busway in the San Fernando Valley, along the
Line right rail line in East LA, and along the Blue
light rail line which runs north-south between
downtown LA and Long
It may be possible to completely
ignore a Metro ticket.
Metro's cameras are provided by ACS (read Defect # 5
most tickets are signed by the County Sheriff, and
most are prosecuted
by the LA City Attorney. The signals at
intersections are usually maintained by the city in
intersection is located.
In early 2012 there was a bill in Sacramento to
judges to issue bench warrants to motorists who do not
reply to their
MTA/Metro camera tickets. After strong
opposition, the bill
failed to move ahead. It could be back in 2012,
so please phone
your legislators and ask them to stop a new edition of
about it is on highwayrobbery.net's Action Legislation
If you are doing a Public Records Act request for
records, the request should be sent to Metro's
Records Management Department, at (213) 922-2342, fax
Metro's main number is (213) 922-2000. However,
are doing a Public Records Act request for details
signal lights (signal timing chart, maintenance
records) at or near a
busway intersection located in the City of Los
Angeles, your request
would go to the City's Department of Transportation,
at: City of
Los Angeles, Department of Transportation, 100 S. Main
St., 10th Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 972-8470.
Be sure to read the "Countywide Information," which is Docs Set # 2 on the LA County Documents page.
The phone number for the sheriff's deputy who
Metro/MTA tickets is (818) 701-2861.
Docs Set # 1
At least one Orange Line camera detects an unusual
proportion of very long Late Times. I believe
that these long
Times occur because the busway intersections are
with several having two or three sets of traffic
signals in rapid
succession. The graph above is from a
2007 comparison of
camera ticket Late Times at Balboa / busway to Late
Times at two large but relatively
intersections in other cities (Hawthorne and Los
A file containing the raw Late Time data is here.
This is the intersection of Reseda Blvd. and the busway. It has three signals in a 250-foot span. For a larger copy of this photo, click here.
In 2009 and 2010 Metro and the Los Angeles Dept. of
Transportation (LADOT) conducted an experiment, adding
LED lights to the limit lines at two of Metro's red
camera-enforced intersections - one on the Orange Line
busway, and the
other on the Blue Line light rail. An Apr.
Report showed inconclusive results: An
decrease in the number of red light camera violations
at the test
intersections, compared with an average 20% decrease
at the control
Recorded, Citations Mailed 
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.
Those official documents are available here:
Systemwide monthly totals, 2010
Systemwide monthly totals, 2011
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Except as noted, totals are as provided by Metro.
 YTD = Year-to-date total.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of Metro's system.
 Any figures in red type (or, if you are looking at this table in black and white, the upper figure when there are two or more figures in a cell) are what ACS calls Violations, and due to time limitations may have been posted only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months or locations will be posted. Or, you can look at the raw data, by clicking on the three links above.
The figures in black type are what ACS calls Citations, and represent citations mailed.
 Intersection-by-intersection data has been requested but has not yet been received.
 The camera enforcement is on traffic on the first-named street, but the direction of enforcement (north, south, east, west, thru, left) is not yet available.
 Annual total by highwayrobbery.net
Docs Set # 3
The Contract, and the Quota
2000: Part B
2000: Part C
2000: Part D
2001: First Amendment
2004: Second Amendment
2006: Modification 3
2006: Staff Report for Modification 3
2009, 2010, 2011: Extensions
The contract sets an illegal quota. See this article, and Defect # 9 on the Home/Defects page.
Docs Set # 4
Bench Warrants for MTA/Metro Tickets?
In April 2012 there was a bill - AB 2147 - in Sacramento to require LA County judges to issue bench warrants to motorists who fail to reply to their MTA/Metro camera tickets. It did not pass, but the same thing could come back in 2013. More info about it is on highwayrobbery.net's Action Legislation page.
Docs Set # 5
There may be some more information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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