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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Construction of a long-anticipated Los Angeles light rail line and busway will move ahead after state officials approved an emergency funding plan Thursday, relieving fears that the projects would be mothballed. The California Transportation Commission voted unanimously for the $330-million plan, clearing the way for construction of a 14-mile San Fernando Valley busway and a six-mile light rail line serving East Los Angeles and for the purchase of scores of new buses and trains.
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NEWS
January 12, 2003
Last month I joined a group of Santa Ana residents to view the San Diego trolley system in order to investigate the pros and cons of that city's light-rail system. This was my second time reviewing San Diego's system. Since my first visit, a number of new apartments have been built adjacent to the light-rail line. This was possible because the train is electric and the noise level is minimal, allowing the two to coexist. I talked to a senior citizen who was able to reduce his personal driving by taking light rail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2002 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decision late Tuesday by Irvine's City Council to submit a portion of the CenterLine light-rail plan to voters creates a new threat to the entire project, transportation officials said. Arthur Leahy, chief executive officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, said a rejection of the project in Irvine probably would force a reevaluation of the rail line to determine if it still made "transportation sense." OCTA is the lead agency behind the $1.1-billion project.
OPINION
May 9, 2002
For the tens of thousands of commuters who grimly head to and from the Westside daily, the Santa Monica Freeway is usually a sea of red taillights. Dreams of a rail line to downtown have danced at the edge of commuters' vision, recently drawing a little closer. Now, however, federal transit officials say they may give to other projects the funds earmarked for the so-called Exposition Line. They never specifically promised to fund this line, but weary road warriors will get no comfort from that logic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2002 | KURT STREETER and CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a packed and sometimes confrontational meeting, the board of the county's transit agency cleared the way Thursday for construction of a light rail line that extends from downtown to the Eastside of Los Angeles. The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority blessed the final environmental study for the long-delayed commuter line on an 11-0 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday voted to move forward to develop a Westside light-rail line and a new Wilshire Boulevard high-speed bus corridor. The 10-0 light-rail vote came after a spirited 4 1/2-hour public hearing, spent mostly debating the drawbacks and advantages of the proposed nine-mile light-rail line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police broke up a raucous demonstration by the Bus Riders Union on Thursday just minutes after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board took a significant step forward in efforts to build a six-mile light rail extension to the Eastside. In other action during the turbulent meeting, the MTA board approved a $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2001
While the debate continues as to whether to expand LAX ("Council Rejects Bid to Halt Spending on LAX Studies," April 18), there's no reason not to finish the Green Line light rail line, which remains stunted a little over a mile from the airport terminals. Transferring from the Green Line to the airport shuttle bus to complete the last bit of the trip can add as much as 30 minutes to the ride and makes a trip by public transport from downtown to LAX impractical. All the expansion plans call for constructing at least one Green Line station inside the airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Transportation Authority formally mothballed its controversial $2.3-billion CenterLine rail project Monday, following a recommendation from the authority's newly hired chief executive. The action follows more than a month of intense criticism of the project, which seeks to connect Fullerton and Irvine with a 30-mile rail network for commuters, shoppers and tourists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001
Quite a few years ago, Pacific Electric abandoned the use of the right of way that cuts diagonally across the county from Beach Boulevard in Stanton to the Civic Center in Santa Ana. Also, the railroad, now Union Pacific, uses only a small amount of the rest of the right of way from Stanton into Norwalk and has plans to abandon it. Several years ago, the Orange County Transportation Authority held meetings in the area on use of this right of...
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