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April 27, 1986
I am a bus rider, but not to the point where I am referred to as a "transit dependent." I read your editorial (April 13) on keeping bus fares affordable, especially for senior citizens, and I completely agree. I have seen numerous elders ride buses, and it's their only way of getting around town. The county shouldn't drop its support for the senior citizens. Senior citizens are not able to pay for every trip they make by bus because they just don't have the money. If they did, they'd probably buy a car. To increase the bus fares, which would force them off the bus, could endanger their health if senior citizens had medical appointments but didn't go because they had no means of transportation.
May 2, 2012
Wouldn't it be great if we could move public transportation across the city of Los Angeles as easily as the avenging thieves of the film "The Italian Job" moved their fleet of get-away Mini Coopers by hacking into the transit authority's computers and making all the lights turn green at the right moment? Unfortunately, there is no magical solution to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's need to cut costs without raising fares and still get bus and train passengers everywhere on time as often as possible.
December 15, 1995
In an effort to reduce air pollution, Los Angeles International Airport purchased seven shuttle buses and three airfield buses powered by liquefied natural gas. A $600,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District will help cover the difference in cost between diesel-fueled buses and the more expensive vehicles that run on natural gas.
January 20, 1991
Years ago we enacted seat belt and child-restraint laws. Why, oh why, have we not imposed these laws on school buses and other forms of public transportation? Maybe now that a local bus full of schoolchildren has flipped over, the reality will set in and we'll wise up. KAREN G. BINDER, San Diego
January 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel unveiled a security system designed to keep suicide bombers off buses. The key element of the system is a simple turnstile that the driver can lock if anyone arouses suspicion while boarding. A more sophisticated version includes electronic sensors to detect explosives up to 3 feet away, setting off an alarm near the driver. A bomber could still detonate explosives outside the bus, but fewer casualties would probably result.
December 17, 1989
In "We're Driving Ourselves to a Lousy Quality of Life in Our Smog-Maker Cars," (California Commentary, Dec. 4), Judy Wright advocates greater use of buses to cut pollution and speed traffic flow. It is difficult to imagine how buses could be better for the environment when they all seem to belch far more soot per passenger than most cars. Likewise, it is hard to see how buses could decongest our highways and byways. More often than not, what's causing a jam is a big, clumsy, lane-straddling bus that's incapable of attaining reasonable speed or even clearing an intersection.
September 3, 2000
Re "Full Disclosure Now Before Busway Is Built," Valley Perspective, Aug. 27. Ever since the voters approved funding for a rail system, the pro-oil lobby has fought to fracture, delay and sabotage our progress in alternative mobility. The auto industry favors buses simply because this makes public transit less appealing than the private auto. Rail systems, however, offer an alternative that terrifies the oil companies: competition. Readers are advised to research the original conspiracy case against the auto lobby to understand how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority makes so many serious mistakes in planning and judgment.
June 27, 1998
Re "State Must Rein In MTA, Official Says," June 23: I ride the bus to work, so for me it's no surprise that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been neglecting the bus service in favor of its rail projects. I have to take three buses, and it takes me two hours to get from the Highland Park area to the University Park neighborhood. Even during the rush hour I typically have to wait 20-30 minutes to transfer between buses. On top of this, the buses and bus stops are filthy and graffitied, most of the drivers are surly, and half the time the wheelchair lifts don't work.
October 29, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Armed men opened fire on buses carrying assembly-plant workers near the Texas border early Thursday, killing four people and wounding 15 others in the latest spasm of violence to rattle Mexico. Authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua said the victims, identified as employees of a U.S. car-upholstery plant called Eagle Ottawa, were riding home about 1 a.m. when three company buses came under fire outside Ciudad Juarez. Officials said they had not determined a motive. Witnesses said gunmen jumped aboard looking for a male passenger.
December 20, 1989 | Reuters
Smokers will have to go "cold turkey" when taking a trip on Canadian planes, buses and some trains under tough new anti-smoking regulations announced by the government. The new regulations, effective Jan. 1, extend the existing smoking ban on domestic flights to all international flights by Canadian carriers. Canada banned smoking on domestic flights in 1987.
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