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April 12, 2007
Your recent article about Metro Rail and its artworks seems to have piqued both readers' curiosity and paranoia [Weekend Feedback, April 5]. The future of the Metro in Los Angeles will indeed probably depend on what happens in the aftermath of the next major earthquake. But the danger will likely come not from the subway but from the elevated portions of the system. Anyone who has ridden the Blue Line viaduct high above Slauson Avenue has probably thought, "Well, not a great place to be when the Big One hits."
March 3, 1986
Waxman's appeal to the RTD and the City Council to scrap the downtown Metro Rail project--and substitute "light-rail lines on freeways"--is wrong on three counts. Despite his alarmism, the scientific panel has judged that the subway tunneling is feasible and reasonably safe, given the proper precautionary techniques. There are no freeways within the Central City Corridor, the area of heaviest mass transit patronage. Existing freeways only skirt its edges. And a new elevated or surface rail line within the Central City is all but impossible politically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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