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September 28, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writers
Transportation officials on Thursday gave a green light to the largest "transit-oriented" development in L.A. County history, a $1.3-billion apartment, retail and high-rise office tower complex to be built at the terminus of the Red Line subway and Orange Line busway in North Hollywood.
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August 24, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
About a dozen MTA bus riders suffered apparently minor injuries Thursday when their bus stopped abruptly to avoid a collision, authorities said. The incident, reported at 6:38 p.m., involved a bus heading south in the 700 block of Vermont Avenue, a few blocks south of Wilshire Boulevard. Passengers were jolted when the bus stopped short to avoid colliding with a car. Officials said Los Angeles paramedics took 12 or 13 passengers complaining of neck and back injuries to hospitals for treatment.
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July 29, 2007 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
A speeding car slammed into an MTA Orange Line bus Saturday in Van Nuys, injuring the motorist, bus driver and three passengers. Los Angeles firefighters extracted the trapped motorist, an unidentified woman in her 70s, from the car. She was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills with serious injuries and may have lost an arm, said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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July 27, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
An MTA bus driver was killed Thursday night when his vehicle collided with a Lincoln Navigator in unincorporated Willowbrook, authorities said. Alex Gonzalez, a California Highway Patrol officer, said two other people were injured, one seriously. The accident on 120th Street at Wilmington Avenue, near Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, was reported at 8:44 p.m., Gonzalez said. The bus driver was ejected from his vehicle.
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June 29, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Metropolitan Transportation Agency board of directors on Thursday approved a $3.6-million feasibility study of the much-discussed extension of the Wilshire Boulevard subway. The study will look at alternate routes and preliminary engineering and environmental issues. It will take up to 18 months to complete.
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June 28, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A judge Wednesday refused to grant a temporary restraining order to bar the MTA's fare hikes for bus and rail service, making it likely they will take effect as scheduled Sunday. "We're quite pleased," said Terry Matsumoto, treasurer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lawyers for the MTA said the agency had spent $200,000 preparing for the changes and is selling bus and rail passes with the new fares this week.
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June 27, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
Three groups representing local public transit riders and conservation interests united Tuesday in an effort to require the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to hold off on fare increases until their environmental effects can be measured.
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May 29, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Plans to widen the 405 Freeway in northern Orange County are causing concern among Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials who warn that the project will create a massive bottleneck at the Los Angeles County line where the road narrows. Traffic experts say the rift over the Orange County Transportation Authority's $500-million project highlights the need for better regional planning among agencies with differing views on how to ease congestion.
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May 26, 2007 | Jeffrey L. Rabin and Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writers
Even after winning the biggest fare increase in more than a decade, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority still finds itself in a cash crunch that leaves several rail projects in limbo. If it survives an expected legal challenge, the boost in fares will help stabilize the transit agency's deficit-ridden finances. But the increase is significantly less than what MTA staffers originally sought to close a projected $1.8-billion deficit over the next decade.
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May 25, 2007 | Steve Lopez
The bright young Westchester High School students I was talking to at Thursday's Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting were being cheated. The elderly riders I met with were being cheated too. Everyone knew the ridiculously high rate hike proposal by the MTA would never happen, just as they knew Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was trying to win cheap political points with an equally improbable counter that involved more borrowing. So the MTA board compromised in the end. Big surprise.
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