LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A dispute between the city of Los Angeles and a company that handles ads for local bus stop benches could put riders back on their feet.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the end of a contract with Norman Bench Advertising may affect as many as 6,000 bus benches across the city.

Officials with the Board of Public Works ended the deal after concluding that they were unable to get an accurate account of the number of benches with ads — or monies owed to the city.

Shortly after that, Norman Bench Advertising started pulling the plastic benches.

Riders like Fredrick Chaves were less than pleased to hear of the development.

“Ouch,” he said. “90 degrees outside, you could be tired, you could be walking a long distance…it’s very inconvenient.”

But Chaves and other riders may not be left standing for too long: if the city can agree to a new contract with rival firm Martin Outdoor next week, temporary benches could soon replace those that have been removed.


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