CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 |
A BART commuter train that hit and killed two maintenance workers Saturday while they were conducting a routine track inspection came on the second day of a transit workers strike, raising new concerns about safety issues. The accident occurred about 1:45 p.m. on the track between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations, BART officials said. The victims were not immediately identified. At the time of the accident, the workers were performing inspections in response to a report of a dip in the track, officials said.
September 13, 2013 |
On Sept. 12, 2008, hundreds of Los Angeles-area commuters had begun their trips home from work, reflecting on their days and making plans for the evening ahead as they relaxed aboard Metrolink 111. At 4:22 p.m., however, those plans - and their lives - were shattered as the commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train just west of the Chatsworth station. Twenty-four passengers and the Metrolink train's engineer lost their lives, and more than 100 passengers were hospitalized.
August 23, 2013 |
My co-tester went off to college last week, and I'm a little worried about how he'll keep in shape. Ever since I started this fitness gear column for the Los Angeles Times in 2002 - now up to 280 of them - my son, Joey, has helped me test pull-up bars, elliptical machines, pole-driven skateboards, Trikkes, mountain bikes, golf Frisbees, mini-snow sleds, bodysurfing hand-planes, five-toed running shoes and more. At 7, Joey was my stoker on the back of a $600 Raleigh Companion kid-friendly tandem, which I then bought and rode him to school and back on every day until eighth grade, when he told me it wasn't cool anymore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Commuters breathed a collective sigh of relief Friday at news that Bay Area trains would start running again at 3 p.m., after a crippling five-day strike. The announcement offers only a temporary reprieve, however. Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two largest worker unions remain far apart on key issues, but they agreed to extend the existing contract through Aug. 4 as negotiations continue. Frazzled commuters responded with gratitude. “Thank God,” 21-year-old Mary Miers said as she waited for an express bus from Oakland to San Francisco on Friday - and gritted her teeth when a full one blasted past without stopping.
June 1, 2013 |
For years I contemplated selling my car and riding a bicycle to work. I would ride to the Tustin train station four miles from my Irvine home on a bike path that would put me just half a mile from the station. From there I would take the Metrolink train to work in downtown Los Angeles. But the few times I tried riding my road bike, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Getting there was easy - all downhill - but coming home was sheer agony, grinding up hills after a long workday.
May 20, 2013 |
Commuters on Monday grappled with the inconvenience of their morning ritual after a deadly train collision in Connecticut last week, but the traffic nightmare that some had predicted did not materialize. Special shuttle buses and telecommuting took some of the edge off the expected traffic snarls in the commute from Connecticut through Westchester County to New York City -- a situation that is likely to continue through much of the week as the cleanup of damage from Friday's collision continues.