September 26, 2004
The story "7 Ways in Search of a Will" (by Hugo Martin, Aug. 29) called for building new roads and freeways, adding lanes to existing freeways, expanding effective transit services, etc. All of these suggestions will do little to ease the traffic glut in our major metropolitan areas. Each suggestion also involves huge funds from sources that are already bankrupt. There is an eighth way that can be implemented in a few days, and it will cost nothing. The plan is based on a feasible and equitable system of restricting driving on alternate days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1992
Your Feb. 4 editorial "Car-Pool Cowboys" left the impression that Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol are unconcerned about excessive speed on high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) freeway lanes. Let me assure you, and your readers, that both Caltrans and the CHP are very concerned when motorists exceed the legal speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Caltrans has the responsibility of administering California freeways--and to that end--we plan, design and build the system with one goal in mind: It must be the safest structure we are capable of creating while incorporating the latest technology for the benefit of commuters.
December 1, 1996
Re "Model City or Monumental Mistake?" Nov. 24: The Newhall Ranch project will result in additional trips up and down I-5, which is already over capacity. As a "mitigation" for this, the project proposes high-occupancy vehicle lanes for I-5, yet these lanes exist only in the developer's imagination. Sell that to those who are already commuting up and down I-5. Many of the measures proposed to mitigate traffic problems created by the development rely on the long-range plan of the MTA. Unfortunately for everyone in the greater Los Angeles region, including the developers, the long-range plan of the MTA simply can't be relied on. The development's marketers claim that it is "transit friendly," but almost nothing real exists to justify the claim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1988
After reading William Trombley's article "The High Road," (Metro, Aug. 14), as a concerned and experienced engineer I would like to offer an interesting, new idea to the double-decking of our freeway. We all agree that improving the capacity of our already overloaded freeways is vital to the survival of our region. We Californians love the freedom that our automobiles provide, and neither the "convenience" of the RTD nor the speed offered by the diamond lanes can tempt us out of our own cars.
September 20, 1985 |
Despite at least $15 million in losses from "debt financing" problems, the Hotel Inter-Continental, San Diego's sleek 681-room luxury waterfront hotel, is expected to end its first calender year of operation in December with an unusually high occupancy rate of 75%, hotel officials said Thursday. Officials blamed the loss on the heavy debt involved in financing the $92-million hotel, adjacent $11-million hotel conference center and other facilities. Although Sandor J.
August 6, 1987 |
Beset by high debt costs, the Hotel Inter-Continental San Diego lost $1.2 million over the first four months of 1987, despite a healthy 82% occupancy rate that was significantly above the local market average. For all of 1986, the hotel lost $7.6 million while operating at a 69% occupancy rate.