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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1996 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As attractive as it sounds, a new proposal for a light-rail system down the Ventura Freeway, funded entirely by private money, was greeted with skepticism and even exasperation Thursday by officials who doubt that the political or financial support could actually be mustered for yet another mass-transit alternative across the San Fernando Valley. "It doesn't ring true," county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1999
The new transportation agency responsible for completing a light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena will be headquartered in South Pasadena. Officials of the Pasadena Metro Blue Line Construction Authority signed a lease Tuesday for office space at 625 Fair Oaks Blvd. "It's just one more step in the many that we've got to go through," said Rick Thorpe, the authority's new chief executive officer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Catherine Smitha and her teen-age boys were at the head of the long line Friday for the first public ride on the Green Line, and they made the rest of the St. Patrick's Day crowd, well, green with envy. The Manhattan Beach woman and her sons Joseph and Timothy (the latter wore a T-shirt depicting an old Red Car) were among the thousands of train buffs and others who turned out in Norwalk for a preview of the county's newest rail line, scheduled to open this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1996
The California Transportation Commission approved $48.5 million Thursday to help keep the downtown Los Angeles-to-Pasadena trolley line on schedule, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said. "This money allows us to finish work that has already begun," said MTA Board Chairman Larry Zarian. "The actual date for completion of the Pasadena Blue Line still has to be determined by the board, but this is an important step toward keeping the project on schedule and within budget."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON
Representatives of a coalition of Burbank homeowner groups say the city has declined to give them enough specific information about a proposed light rail line between Burbank and Glendale to earn the groups' endorsement. The mayor countered that the group had not asked specific questions. Carolyn Berlin, president of the Verdugo-Magnolia Park Homeowners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1996
The California Transportation Commission approved $48.5 million Thursday to help keep the downtown Los Angeles-to-Pasadena trolley line on schedule, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said. "This money allows us to finish work that has already begun," said MTA Board Chairman Larry Zarian. "The actual date for completion of the Pasadena Blue Line still has to be determined by the board, but this is an important step toward keeping the project on schedule and within budget."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995
Politicians and a citizens transportation committee representing the Crenshaw district on Monday quizzed Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials about plans to build the proposed Crenshaw-Prairie Corridor rail line. The proposed 11-mile route is not funded in the transit agency's 20-year plan, but MTA officials said it is one of six second-tier lines on a waiting list for funding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Metro Is Coming Your Way!" announces the green and white sign near the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Nash Street in El Segundo. But what the sign does not say is that, compared to predictions of almost a decade ago, the Metro Green Line commuter railway is not coming your way very quickly, or very cheaply. When it finally opens in 1995--according to current projections--the Green Line will have cost almost three times more than once expected.
NEWS
August 12, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the cacophony of the Hollywood Park trumpeter, Beach Boys music and politicians' grandiose speeches, a sparkling new Green Line train will roll out of an artsy station this morning for its first run across southern Los Angeles County, the debut of another spoke in the region's expanding rail network. But where will it go? It won't go to a massive employment center in El Segundo because thousands of aerospace jobs have vanished in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Connecting Burbank, Glendale and downtown Los Angeles with a light rail line would have some negative effects--such as the demolition of a historic building--but would be "environmentally superior" to having no line at all, according to a summary of a report released Wednesday. Proponents of the proposed 11.9-mile line said the document gives generally positive marks to the project and will help persuade county transportation planners to build the line before the end of this century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1996 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As attractive as it sounds, a new proposal for a light-rail system down the Ventura Freeway, funded entirely by private money, was greeted with skepticism and even exasperation Thursday by officials who doubt that the political or financial support could actually be mustered for yet another mass-transit alternative across the San Fernando Valley. "It doesn't ring true," county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995
Politicians and a citizens transportation committee representing the Crenshaw district on Monday quizzed Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials about plans to build the proposed Crenshaw-Prairie Corridor rail line. The proposed 11-mile route is not funded in the transit agency's 20-year plan, but MTA officials said it is one of six second-tier lines on a waiting list for funding.
NEWS
August 12, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the cacophony of the Hollywood Park trumpeter, Beach Boys music and politicians' grandiose speeches, a sparkling new Green Line train will roll out of an artsy station this morning for its first run across southern Los Angeles County, the debut of another spoke in the region's expanding rail network. But where will it go? It won't go to a massive employment center in El Segundo because thousands of aerospace jobs have vanished in recent years.
NEWS
August 12, 1995
The Green Line trolley, connecting Norwalk and Redondo Beach, is the third leg of a countywide rail system. The line opens Saturday, and is free to the public this weekend. Commuter runs will begin Monday at a two-week introductory cost of 25 cents. Most of the 20-mile route runs down the middle of the Century Freeway (I-105). Facts and Figures * Where it goes: Between Norwalk and Redondo Beach. * Where it doesn't go: Stops a few miles short of LAX. * Overall cost: About $950 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Catherine Smitha and her teen-age boys were at the head of the long line Friday for the first public ride on the Green Line, and they made the rest of the St. Patrick's Day crowd, well, green with envy. The Manhattan Beach woman and her sons Joseph and Timothy (the latter wore a T-shirt depicting an old Red Car) were among the thousands of train buffs and others who turned out in Norwalk for a preview of the county's newest rail line, scheduled to open this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Metro Is Coming Your Way!" announces the green and white sign near the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Nash Street in El Segundo. But what the sign does not say is that, compared to predictions of almost a decade ago, the Metro Green Line commuter railway is not coming your way very quickly, or very cheaply. When it finally opens in 1995--according to current projections--the Green Line will have cost almost three times more than once expected.
NEWS
August 12, 1995
The Green Line trolley, connecting Norwalk and Redondo Beach, is the third leg of a countywide rail system. The line opens Saturday, and is free to the public this weekend. Commuter runs will begin Monday at a two-week introductory cost of 25 cents. Most of the 20-mile route runs down the middle of the Century Freeway (I-105). Facts and Figures * Where it goes: Between Norwalk and Redondo Beach. * Where it doesn't go: Stops a few miles short of LAX. * Overall cost: About $950 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1999
The new transportation agency responsible for completing a light rail line from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena will be headquartered in South Pasadena. Officials of the Pasadena Metro Blue Line Construction Authority signed a lease Tuesday for office space at 625 Fair Oaks Blvd. "It's just one more step in the many that we've got to go through," said Rick Thorpe, the authority's new chief executive officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Connecting Burbank, Glendale and downtown Los Angeles with a light rail line would have some negative effects--such as the demolition of a historic building--but would be "environmentally superior" to having no line at all, according to a summary of a report released Wednesday. Proponents of the proposed 11.9-mile line said the document gives generally positive marks to the project and will help persuade county transportation planners to build the line before the end of this century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON
Representatives of a coalition of Burbank homeowner groups say the city has declined to give them enough specific information about a proposed light rail line between Burbank and Glendale to earn the groups' endorsement. The mayor countered that the group had not asked specific questions. Carolyn Berlin, president of the Verdugo-Magnolia Park Homeowners Assn.
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