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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1986
If Metro Rail is dead, as Waxman says, then it is a sad day for Los Angeles, for it means that one of the great cities of the world--a city growing not like other cities in the United States, but mushrooming explosively into the future, is doomed to become another Calcutta, choked and strangled by its own masses of people who are unable to move beyond a snail's pace from home to work and back. Ultimately business and industry will choose to avoid the entire Los Angeles area like the plague because high quality employees willing to put up with the traffic mess will be hard to find.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1988
Some little-noted but significant steps have been taken recently to ensure that work on Los Angeles' much-needed subway will continue and that the project will reach the San Fernando Valley--and, eventually, other parts of town as well. Last Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council agreed to spend $124 million to help build the second phase of the subway, whose first leg--from downtown to MacArthur Park--is already under construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997
Re "MTA Trims Fees for Bike-Toting Riders," Jan. 28. [The Valley] section carried a report that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is eliminating the annual fee to carry one's bicycle on Metro Rail, with a spokeswoman saying "there are a number of people who travel to work by bicycle." Yet the article goes on to report that MTA's Cycle Express program does not allow cyclists to board Metro Rail with their bikes during rush-hour periods. Left hand, meet right hand. Right hand, meet left hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON
With industrial-strength fans in place, workers returned Wednesday to three Metro Rail subway stations after diesel fumes five days ago forced construction on the underground tunnels to be halted. The new ventilation system is designed to force fresh air into the two ends of the 4.4-mile Red Line, at Union Station and at the Wilshire-Alvarado station, while exhaust fans at the 7th and Flower streets station, in the middle, push air out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1989
One public transportation agency in Los Angeles County has muscled its way into a position of some authority over the other. The price of this leveraged buy-in is estimated at $120 million, a bill that will be paid by taxpayers and riders on the Los Angeles Metro Rail project. Before the damages go higher, the Legislature, which created both agencies, must find out how they got out of control, and do whatever it takes to get them back in line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1985
The federal government has a budget deficit crisis that must be resolved. To accomplish this task, priorities must be established. How to eliminate it? Raise taxes? Cut programs? A combination of the two? It is a complicated process, which above all else must be fair to the American people. However, the juxtaposition of two budget items indicates that the government may place a higher priority on the requests of a foreign government than on the needs of the American people. The first item is a proposal by David Stockman, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to eliminate $654 million from the RTD's budget.
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