Store Sues Over Bus Shelter

Carpet store needs to follow the other shop’s lead and put up some signs, like under them lights where Rabo Bank used to have a sign. Or are they just planning to have some more long running out of business sales?

Anothe Rug Sale

In June 2012, Torabbagi and Torabbeigi signed a multi-year lease to open up their rug store in the former Rabobank building at the corner of Lighthouse and Hoffman avenues. Shortly thereafter, they hired architects and contractors to make structural changes for the store, including installing a large plate glass window facing Lighthouse intended to display their imported rugs.

But in October 2012, a month after the renovation at the rug store commenced, “without any prior notice” from MST or the City of Monterey, crews began tearing up the sidewalk to install a bus shelter in front of their store — part of a larger $5 million MST bus stop and rebranding effort, which included wrapping numerous buses with jazz-themed displays. Money for the improvements came from U.S. taxpayers.

Store Sues Over Bus Shelter

Bus Stops Hurting Business

Traffic too. Now when a bus stops at one of those new jazzy stops it blocks the right lane.

Monterey-Salinas Transit began construction on the new Jazz line last June and for several months it closed lanes on Lighthouse Avenue. Carbone said it was a nightmare for his customers.

“There were a couple of days where I, personally, I cant speak for the other businesses, literally had two customers in my establishments,” he said. “Two people all day long.”

Carbone said he plans to fight to help all the businesses in the area. “They say it’s over and it’s not over. It’s over when I say it’s over,” he said.

Bus Stops Hurting Business

MST May Lose Federal $ And Cut Services

Cut services or build fewer of those jazzy bus shelters? Thanks Transit Union.

Federal grant money accounts for about 25 percent of the agency’s operating budget.

California’s new pension reform law has come under fire from the Amalgamated Transit Union, which has called upon the U.S. Department of Labor to withhold federal funds from MST and other California public transit operators, the agency said Tuesday.

MST May Lose Federal $ And Cut Services