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May 12, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An experiment that critics said slowed traffic to a crawl on the once hugely successful El Monte Busway may soon be over. Legislative amendments that would restore the busway's diamond lane to a minimum of three occupants per vehicle during peak rush hours were introduced Wednesday in Sacramento, with hopes that the legislation will be put on the fast track and speedily passed by the Legislature.
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May 11, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city's choice to rebuild the area around the North Hollywood subway station has begun demolition of derelict buildings nearby, but has failed for a second time to meet redevelopment deadlines. Despite a year of talks, developer J. Allen Radford and the Community Redevelopment Agency have not yet struck a development agreement required before construction can begin on a 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The developer tentatively chosen to rebuild the area around the North Hollywood subway station has begun demolition of derelict buildings nearby, but has failed for a second time to meet redevelopment deadlines. Despite a year of talks, developer J. Allen Radford and the Community Redevelopment Agency failed to strike a development agreement required before construction can begin on a 1.
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May 3, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Listening intently to a case with far-reaching implications, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sharply challenge a federal judge's order directing the agency to buy more buses to reduce overcrowding. MTA lawyer Shirley M. Hufstedler argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. was wrong when he ordered the agency to purchase 248 new buses last summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2000
The City Council is slated to vote Monday on whether to continue to support construction of the Long Beach Freeway extension through the western part of the city. Half of the eight-member council was not in office the last time the body endorsed the project, which would link the San Bernardino Freeway with the Foothill Freeway.
NEWS
February 21, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and RAY F. HERNDON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For San Fernando Valley vacationers bound for Las Vegas or aerospace workers commuting to the burgeoning aerospace industry around Palmdale, Pearblossom Highway offers dangers practically from start to finish, making it the deadliest highway in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Beneath the armrest of Oscar Blas' impeccably clean tow truck, there is a card with a portrait of Jesus Christ on it. It says Guia mi carro (guide my car). For further protection, Blas always prays and crosses himself when his shift starts at 6 a.m. Given the dangers of his job as a Freeway Service Patrol driver, he can use all the divine help he can get.
NEWS
January 22, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The special lanes along the San Bernardino Freeway designed to speed express buses in and out of Los Angeles have been clogged to a standstill by carpoolers taking advantage of new state legislation, transportation officials say. "It's a complete breakdown," an exasperated California Department of Transportation official said Friday, struggling to deal with the emerging problems on the San Bernardino Freeway carpool lanes--one in each direction--between the Civic Center and El Monte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1999
On New Year's Eve and Christmas Eve, passengers will ride free on Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and Metro Rail lines. Free rides will run from 9 p.m. Dec. 24 through 5 a.m. on Christmas. On Dec. 31, free rides will run from 11 a.m. through 5 a.m. on New Year's Day. "The extension of free transit service will provide participants . . . with convenient, safe and efficient alternatives to driving to events," an MTA statement said.
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December 5, 1999
Starting today, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will roll out 61 additional buses at peak commuter hours as part of the embattled agency's efforts to comply with court-ordered reductions in passenger crowding. The buses are among a total of 166 added to MTA lines this year. They are intended to reduce the numbers of people forced to stand on board. On Saturday, an MTA spokesman hailed the additional buses as just one of a series of improvements to the county's bus fleet.
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