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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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June 4, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Been stuck in traffic lately? Hoping for a way out? Want more mass transit? In case you missed the news, the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority recently raised its fares to help balance its books. A day later, MTA chief Roger Snoble told The Times the agency hopes to have enough money to finish two light rail lines under construction and avoid service cutbacks. As for future mass transit projects, Snoble said, those may have to wait until the MTA can find the money. Sigh.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writers
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today will consider approving a series of large fare increases that would hit bus riders particularly hard at a time when officials are spending $1.5 billion for a network of new rail lines. The vote is seen as a pivotal moment for the MTA, which until last year was under a federal consent decree to improve bus service but kept fare increases at a minimum over the last decade.
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May 22, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Assailing sweeping bus fare hikes proposed by the MTA as "extreme," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday called for more modest increases that would ease the financial crunch on low-income riders. Villaraigosa offered his plan as part of a larger strategy to address the agency's estimated $104-million deficit for the coming fiscal year, a figure that Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials fear could balloon without new revenue.
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April 28, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writers
After a decade of being largely restricted from raising bus fares by a federal judge, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing a sweeping series of fare hikes that some experts worry will discourage commuters from using mass transit. The hikes would establish some of the highest bus fares in the country. The basic fare would rise to $2 from $1.25.
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April 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A public hearing will take place May 24 on a proposal to more than double some county transit fares over the next two years. Under the plan, the price of the MTA's popular monthly pass, now $52, would increase to $75 in July and $120 by Jan. 1, 2009. The price of the $3 day pass would hit $5 this summer and $8 within two years. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority must approve any fare increase. The hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m.
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