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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.
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.
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.
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.
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