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March 29, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
TRAVELING by subway in Los Angeles involves a kind of magical thinking. To get the most out of the city's Metro Rail system, you need an open mind but also blind optimism. It's not simply that Angeleno life has been literally mapped out around cars and that commuting by subway in these parts is viewed as an alternative lifestyle decision even more radical than driving a Prius.
March 24, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Five months after a federal consent decree expired, Los Angeles County transit officials Friday unveiled a plan that would raise bus and rail fares to cover an expected $100-million deficit. The proposal, which would push the price of a regular monthly pass as high as $120, has drawn fire from bus rider advocates. They want fares reduced instead.
March 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bus and commuter train fares would go up significantly under hikes proposed Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. To deal with a projected $1-billion budget deficit, transit officials are proposing a fare increase effective July 1, and a second increase Jan. 1, 2009. The regular cash fare for bus and rail lines would remain $1.25 until 2009, when it would increase to $2. Day passes would increase from $3 to $5 in July, and to $8 by 2009.
February 27, 2007 | Angie Green, Times Staff Writer
The two-block walk from the MTA bus stop to campus has often been a frightening ordeal for students at the Santee Education Complex just south of downtown Los Angeles. Some have complained of gang activity and being harassed or robbed -- including one student who was held up at gunpoint. The area was branded by Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. David L. Brewer as "one of the worst blocks" in the area.
February 19, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are discounting fares on 18 bus routes this week to encourage ridership. The weeklong promotion, which runs through Saturday, reduces fares to 50 cents from $1.25. The idea was introduced by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and affects routes serving more than 50 destinations throughout Los Angeles County, including job centers, hospitals, schools and museums.
February 16, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
After a dust-up via e-mail earlier this week, city and county officials have reached an agreement with Los Angeles Marathon organizers that will provide runners with free bus and train rides on race day March 4. The for-profit marathon will foot the bill for participants' fares, while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will pay for extra trains, buses, drivers and security to accommodate at least 13,000 additional riders.
February 15, 2007 | Steve Hymon and Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writers
A war of pointed e-mails erupted Wednesday over the propriety of offering free bus and train rides to Los Angeles Marathon participants, with County Supervisor Gloria Molina taking swipes at race organizer William Burke and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The source of Molina's irritation: a city proposal to have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority foot what she and the agency estimated to be a $300,000 bill for freebie rides on race day, March 4.
February 10, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In an effort to increase ridership, Los Angeles County transit officials said Friday that they would slash fares on several bus lines for a week, beginning Feb. 18. Bus riders will pay just 50 cents to ride any one of 18 bus lines in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, South Bay and the Westside. The standard fare is $1.25 each way. Officials hope the promotional fare will encourage motorists to try public transit. For more information, go to
December 27, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Bus Riders Union has appealed a federal judge's ruling that ended a decade of court supervision over Los Angeles County's massive public transit system. In October, U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. denied the advocacy group's request to extend his jurisdiction over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lawyers for the organization had argued that the MTA failed to adequately reduce overcrowding on its busiest buses.
December 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In an effort to reduce holiday traffic fatalities, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will offer free bus and train rides on Christmas and New Year's eves. Free transit service will be available from 9 p.m. Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday and again from 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 2 a.m. on Jan. 1. For scheduling and route information, call (800) COMMUTE or visit the agency's website at
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