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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1993
Michael Lawler's July 13 letter questions the merit of the El Monte Busway, which has been carrying buses and car pools on the San Bernardino Freeway since the 1970s. Because the letter perpetuates common misconceptions about car-pool lanes, I am compelled to respond. The El Monte Busway appears to be underutilized because it is an extraordinarily efficient people mover. Current occupancy figures indicate that 5,700 people are moved through the busway during peak hours, compared to 1,950 people moved through a regular freeway lane.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1994
On April 21, you ran an article titled "Party Planned to Build Bridge with Neighbors," listing Caltrans as a sponsor. I am writing to reassure your readers that Caltrans does not spend taxpayer dollars on parties. Californians have the right to expect their tax money to be spent wisely and appropriately. Caltrans, as administrator of the freeway and state highway systems in California, uses this revenue strictly on new projects or repair and upkeep of our existing system.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1994
On April 21, you ran an article titled "Party Planned to Build Bridge with Neighbors," listing Caltrans as a sponsor. I am writing to reassure your readers that Caltrans does not spend taxpayer dollars on parties. Californians have the right to expect their tax money to be spent wisely and appropriately. Caltrans, as administrator of the freeway and state highway systems in California, uses this revenue strictly on new projects or repair and upkeep of our existing system.
NEWS
February 13, 1994
Regarding the article concerning Caltrans construction near the 61st Street School ("The Power of the Pen (or Pencil)," Dec. 26): Because we realized early on that dust and noise could pose a problem for the school, Caltrans implemented the following measures: Built sound walls, Monitored air quality and performed soil testing, Offered to move the cafeteria away from construction, Built an alternative access for supply...
NEWS
April 23, 1992
The California Department of Transportation has allocated $1.1 million for a car-pool lane on the westbound Artesia Freeway (91). Work will begin in July on a 10-mile stretch from the San Gabriel River Freeway (605) in Cerritos to the Harbor Freeway (110) near Gardena. It will be completed by the end of the year. "A car-pool lane carries 2 1/2 times the number of people as a regular freeway lane," said Jerry B. Baxter, Caltrans District 7 director.
NEWS
August 26, 1993
How ironic--Jerry B. Baxter, a fellow La Canada Flintridge resident and state official in charge of freeways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, spouting off about knowing what it is like to live in a community torn over a freeway (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 6). "The road came through," he said, "and we survived." Next time he comes home, his neighbors will be waiting to give him an earful and to set him straight. Maybe he is unaware that La Canada Flintridge's City Council has passed a resolution against completion of the 710 Freeway that "will create more traffic and therefore more noise in La Canada Flintridge"--a resolution that will stand until sound walls are constructed to buffer their community from their freeway.
NEWS
February 13, 1994
Regarding the article concerning Caltrans construction near the 61st Street School ("The Power of the Pen (or Pencil)," Dec. 26): Because we realized early on that dust and noise could pose a problem for the school, Caltrans implemented the following measures: Built sound walls, Monitored air quality and performed soil testing, Offered to move the cafeteria away from construction, Built an alternative access for supply...
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.
OPINION
December 10, 1989
On behalf of the District 7 office of Caltrans and, in particular our field personnel assigned to the Ventura Freeway rehabilitation project, I want to express our sincere thanks to Rick Schutt of Camarillo for his letter "Ventura Freeway," Nov. 24. As regular users of Route 101 probably realize, before a shovel was lifted to begin work last year, a lot of pre-planning went into our effort to keep motorists moving while construction was in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1987 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council committee Thursday called for a study on banning trucks from the Ventura Freeway during rush hours while the freeway is being resurfaced and widened. But a Caltrans official said "a more reasonable solution" may be simply to ask truckers to alter their schedules voluntarily so that pickups and deliveries are made before or after the rush hours, as was done successfully during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Jerry B.
NEWS
August 26, 1993
How ironic--Jerry B. Baxter, a fellow La Canada Flintridge resident and state official in charge of freeways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, spouting off about knowing what it is like to live in a community torn over a freeway (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 6). "The road came through," he said, "and we survived." Next time he comes home, his neighbors will be waiting to give him an earful and to set him straight. Maybe he is unaware that La Canada Flintridge's City Council has passed a resolution against completion of the 710 Freeway that "will create more traffic and therefore more noise in La Canada Flintridge"--a resolution that will stand until sound walls are constructed to buffer their community from their freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1993
Michael Lawler's July 13 letter questions the merit of the El Monte Busway, which has been carrying buses and car pools on the San Bernardino Freeway since the 1970s. Because the letter perpetuates common misconceptions about car-pool lanes, I am compelled to respond. The El Monte Busway appears to be underutilized because it is an extraordinarily efficient people mover. Current occupancy figures indicate that 5,700 people are moved through the busway during peak hours, compared to 1,950 people moved through a regular freeway lane.
NEWS
April 23, 1992
The California Department of Transportation has allocated $1.1 million for a car-pool lane on the westbound Artesia Freeway (91). Work will begin in July on a 10-mile stretch from the San Gabriel River Freeway (605) in Cerritos to the Harbor Freeway (110) near Gardena. It will be completed by the end of the year. "A car-pool lane carries 2 1/2 times the number of people as a regular freeway lane," said Jerry B. Baxter, Caltrans District 7 director.
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.
OPINION
December 10, 1989
On behalf of the District 7 office of Caltrans and, in particular our field personnel assigned to the Ventura Freeway rehabilitation project, I want to express our sincere thanks to Rick Schutt of Camarillo for his letter "Ventura Freeway," Nov. 24. As regular users of Route 101 probably realize, before a shovel was lifted to begin work last year, a lot of pre-planning went into our effort to keep motorists moving while construction was in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1987 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council committee Thursday called for a study on banning trucks from the Ventura Freeway during rush hours while the freeway is being resurfaced and widened. But a Caltrans official said "a more reasonable solution" may be simply to ask truckers to alter their schedules voluntarily so that pickups and deliveries are made before or after the rush hours, as was done successfully during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Jerry B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1989
State Department of Transportation officials ceremonially closed the books Friday on the widening of the Ventura Freeway in Woodland Hills, saying they were pleased that traffic moved smoothly throughout the two-year project despite a more than 10% increase in vehicles using the stretch. At a news conference alongside the newly widened freeway, Jerry B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1992
Work got under way this week on a $7.9-million project to add a car-pool lane in each direction on a seven-mile stretch of the San Diego Freeway, from the Harbor Freeway near Torrance to 120th Street near Hawthorne. The California Department of Transportation plans to add so-called high occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes to virtually every freeway in the Los Angeles area, said District 7 Director Jerry B. Baxter.
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