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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 17, 2007 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
While debate simmers over whether the last segment of the Exposition light-rail line should run through upscale Westside neighborhoods, safety concerns raised by state officials and others threaten to delay the first phase of the $640-million project from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. Ground has been broken, contracts have been awarded and construction is getting underway on the nine-mile first phase, which is scheduled for completion in 2010.
April 7, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The MTA has TVs blasting ads at bus riders. It has ads wrapping around hundreds of buses. Now, in another attempt to generate cash, the transit agency has allowed McDonald's to transform Metro Rail's biggest subway terminal into a massive ad campaign for the company's new Angus burger. The 7th Street/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles is plastered with huge pictures of the burger -- on walls, ceilings, lining the columns.
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.
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