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Dec 21, 2013 10:29 PM by Associated Press

Homeless people banned from LA's Union Station

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The homeless are being pushed out of Union Station under a program that limits seats in the Los Angeles train station to ticketed passengers.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1gOjYbh ) the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority began the crackdown Dec. 9 as the agency embarks on a major renovation of the structure.

About 135 homeless people were staying in the terminal per night last summer.

Ken Pratt, who oversees property management of the station, said passengers were complaining of transients occupying bathrooms, sprawling across seats and panhandling.

He said the MTA tried closing the station in the wee hours for thorough cleaning but bedbugs, scabies and other unsanitary conditions persisted.

Critics said move blocks public access to the building, and pushes people with nowhere else to go out into the cold.

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