CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1986
Chief Gates is the first and only bearer of truth that I have heard in recent times. His quotes about Los Angeles traffic conditions are accurate. His remarks about the Caltrans system of highways and streets are painfully true. Traffic signals all through Los Angeles (including all the small communities that make up this city) seem to be deliberately timed to make traffic stop and go at all times. Other large cities solved this problem years ago by timing lights so that traffic runs without stopping for many blocks at a time, but not Los Angeles.
September 2, 2004
Susan Carpenter says, "Ask motorcyclists why they ride, and you'll get the same answers from every one of them: It's the adrenaline rush, the freedom, the in-the-moment thrill" ("On the Streets of L.A., You Are What You Ride," Aug. 26). Well, that's not my answer, but nobody asked me. I started riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles for ease of parking and 60 mpg fuel efficiency in the city (better than a hybrid on a highway). The culture of motorcycles is interesting, but it's not everything.
January 31, 2012 |
California drivers are keeping their feet on the brakes, with gasoline demand falling for eight months in a row. Gasoline consumption in California totaled 1.23 billion gallons in October, down 1.8% from the 1.26 gallons used the previous October, according to a report released Tuesday by California State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton. The last time gas use increased was in January 2011, when consumption rose 2.7%. Consumption was flat in February. “High gas prices appear to be directly affecting fuel consumption in California,” Horton said.
March 9, 2003
"Diesels Fueling Renewed Interest" (Feb. 16) failed to mention the increasing availability of biodiesel fuel made from fresh or recycled vegetable oil. Although previously scarce and expensive, biodiesel is becoming more available at land-based and marine fueling stations. The price has come down from more than twice the price of petroleum diesel to, at some locations, only a few cents more per gallon. As this trend continues, biodiesel should shortly be on a par with or cheaper than petroleum.
February 26, 2012 |
For the third time this year, several of the nation's major airlines hiked air fares last week, with United and Continental airlines initiating a $4 to $10 increase in round-trip ticket prices. Virgin America , Delta Air Lines, US Airways and American Airlines have matched the increase, but JetBlue Airways and the nation's largest domestic passenger carrier, Southwest Airlines, have yet to follow. A fourth increase, initiated in January by Delta, was rescinded when several major airlines refused to match the increase.
August 27, 1988 |
In an announcement welcomed by U.S. auto manufacturers Friday, the Transportation Department proposed lowering gasoline mileage standards for 1989-90 model cars. Transportation Secretary James H. Burnley IV scheduled a hearing on the proposal for Sept. 14. Under the suggested new standards, fuel consumption of all cars built by a U.S. manufacturer would be required to average between 26.5 and 27.5 miles per gallon. This would be as much as a mile per gallon below the 27.5-m.p.g.