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AirTalk Checks In With Metro CEO Phil Washington: Ridership Drops, Federal Aid, Impact On Construction Projects And More

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: Seats in a waiting area are cleaned by a member of the custodial staff at Union Station on March 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. L.A. Metro custodial staff have enhanced cleaning efforts at major transit hubs in response to COVID-19. There have been no known incidences involving the spread of coronavirus on public transit in Los Angeles County. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Seats in a waiting area are cleaned by a member of the custodial staff at Union Station on March 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Metro’s CEO Phil Washington joins Larry Mantle for his regular check-in to talk about all things public transit.

Metro’s CEO Phil Washington joins Larry Mantle for his regular check-in to talk about all things public transit. Topics include:

  • Overall ridership has fallendue to the virus.

  • MTA has alteredregular service schedules.

  • Coronavirus is forcing major cutsto bus and rail services.

  • MTA will receivemore than $1 billion in federal aid for regional transit relief.

  • Employees tied to the MTA have testedpositive for the virus.

  • MTA has strengthenedcleaning procedures for all buses, trains and stations.

  • Rumors of a possible strikefrom bus drivers over virus concerns.

  • The city of Carson has calledon the MTA to suspend all transit operations.

  • How has the virus affected the progress on construction and transit projects?

Guest:

Phil Washington, CEO of The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

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