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June 27, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
With gas prices soaring and mass transit ridership on the upswing, local transportation officials Thursday took a key step toward asking voters in November to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to fund at least $30 billion in road and mass transit projects. Here's a quick guide to what happened -- and what may happen in the months ahead: -- What did the MTA decide? The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted 9 to 2 to draft a sales tax proposal.
June 18, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
On the far eastern side of Pasadena, the Gold Line tracks run in the middle of the 210 Freeway and then, at Madre Street, they just stop. The old rail right of way continues up the middle of the freeway and extends across the width of the Valley, roughly paralleling the 210. Hardly any freight trains use the corridor, and it's been decades since passengers rode those rails. Public officials from across the San Gabriel Valley are hoping to change that soon.
February 29, 2008 | Steve Hymon
In an effort to stop fare beating, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to install turnstiles at subway stops and some light rail stations. MTA trains operate on an honor system in which passengers are required to buy tickets but only have to show them if asked. Agency officials estimate that about 5% of all passengers aren't buying tickets and that the new gates could save the MTA as much as $7 million a year. The gating system will be installed over the next two years.
January 31, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Local transportation officials have come up with a list of about a dozen potential subway routes on the Westside, with most of the corridors following either Wilshire Boulevard or Santa Monica Boulevard -- or both. All of the routes, along with other mass transit options for the congested Westside, will be discussed at a series of public meetings that begin tonight.
December 23, 2007 | Tami Abdollah
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering a program to accommodate Christmas and New Year's travelers. Rides will be free on all rail and bus lines from 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve until 2 a.m. Christmas Day and the same hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The Metro Gold Line will provide all-night service on New Year's Eve to aid the tens of thousands of people expected to travel to Pasadena for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game. On Dec. 31 and Jan.
December 14, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
A proposal to convert the carpool lanes on three Los Angeles County freeways into toll roads could be a boon to frustrated solo commuters willing to pay for a quicker drive to work. But the big losers could be motorists who now use the carpool lanes for free. Carpoolers would also have to pay a toll, possibly reduced. Also, the proposal provides no toll exemptions for hybrid vehicles that can now use carpool lanes regardless of the number of passengers.
December 5, 2007 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
The subway station is one of the newest building types in Greater Los Angeles. It is also one of the most thoroughly under-examined. When was the last time you thought, even fleetingly, about the design of L.A.'s subway and light-rail stops? One reason the stations have remained relatively anonymous, architecturally speaking, is that most have settled comfortably into the city's landscape.
November 3, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
After trying for three decades to build a subway down Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles County transit officials are now considering a radically different route that would send the Westside rail line though Hollywood, West Hollywood and the Beverly Center area. The new proposed alignment for the "Subway to the Sea" would extend west from the Hollywood/Highland Red Line station, roughly following Santa Monica Boulevard through Beverly Hills.
October 26, 2007 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
To reduce traffic congestion, the Los Angeles area needs to experiment with charging motorists to drive in special freeway lanes during peak periods, a Bush administration official told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Thursday. Tyler Duvall, assistant secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, said congestion pricing can improve the flow of traffic by giving motorists the option of paying a fee to travel faster during peak periods.
October 21, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
An MTA bus rear-ended a pickup truck Saturday in a chain-reaction crash involving two other vehicles in Panorama City, leaving seven bus passengers with minor injuries, officials said. Two injured passengers were taken to Mission Community Hospital. Five others were released at the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers. The accident occurred just after 12:30 p.m.
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