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September 14, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
The eastern terminus of the soon-to-open $350-million Metro Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley is just across the street from its most important transfer point, to the Red Line subway. But for years, government agencies argued over how to provide commuters with a safe and easy way to transfer between systems.
March 27, 2005 | Louise Roug
When you think of Southern California, public art and public transportation are perhaps not the first things that come to mind. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is out to change that. To add to artwork already in place at Metro stations throughout the Los Angeles area, the authority has commissioned a group of local artists to design works for the Metro Orange Line, scheduled to start operating in the San Fernando Valley this year.
December 14, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Transportation officials voted Monday to spend up to $7.9 million to speed construction of San Fernando Valley's Orange Line busway, which is six months behind schedule. In a separate action, directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority also postponed a controversial vote aimed at removing legal obstacles to extending the Metro Red Line subway.
July 28, 2004 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
About 400 riders were safely evacuated from a Metro Red Line subway tunnel near downtown Los Angeles last weekend after equipment failures caused a four-car train to come to a virtual standstill, officials said Tuesday. The Saturday night evacuation was called after a frustrated passenger pulled open an emergency door and riders began wandering out into the tunnel between stations. Alarmed, Red Line employees shut down power to that portion of the subway to prevent electrocutions.
March 20, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
To cope with the parking shortage at the North Hollywood and Universal City Red Line subway stations, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to convert a small portion of their lots into reserved paid parking starting April 1. Riders who buy a $39 monthly permit will be able to park until 10:30 a.m. daily at any of the 25 green reserved spaces at each station. After that time, the spaces will be available to any rider for free.
August 9, 2003
Re "Gold Line Is Just Glitter," Commentary, Aug. 3: It is difficult to know where to begin discussing James E. Moore II's commentary on the Gold Line, especially since it has far more false words than the 16 in President Bush's State of the Union speech. Anybody who rode the Gold Line on opening weekend and every day since, as I have, is well aware of the thousands of passengers who ride the line daily. The Gold Line travels to Pasadena, where many people happen to work and play. Thus the Gold Line is serving "dispersed employment" and "non-work travel."
July 27, 2003 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Drawing card Home prices from about $275,000 to $400,000 attract first-time and move-up buyers to the revitalized city. Community redevelopment funds for the 740-acre North Hollywood Redevelopment Project have provided 1,050 new housing units so far, including senior housing, residential assistance programs, commercial facade improvements and rehabilitation efforts. The project also has brought 1,131 jobs to the area.
June 27, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County transit officials agreed Thursday to spend an extra $3 million for street widening and other expenses related to the Red Line's subway stop in Universal City, boosting once again the cost of that project, now nearing $40 million. In addition to the street-widening money, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board agreed the agency should pay an additional $1.4 million to the builder of the overpass connecting Lankershim and Ventura boulevards near the stop.
Sixteen years after Congress stopped a similar plan, a proposal to extend Los Angeles' subway down Wilshire Boulevard to the Fairfax district and the county art museum was resurrected Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. MTA planners have long wanted to lengthen the current Red Line Wilshire subway spur, which stops abruptly at Western Avenue, about three miles from Fairfax Avenue.
The quirky honor system on Los Angeles' subway might be nearing the end of the line--not because of scofflaws, but to free up police to thwart other crimes and terrorism, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says. Under a plan expected to be presented to the MTA's board on July 18, turnstiles would go up at Red Line stations from downtown L.A. to North Hollywood, ending a 9-year-old system that trusted subway riders to purchase tickets or risk being fined $250 by police.
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