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November 1, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a transportation emergency Wednesday night, giving New York City the go-ahead to waive fares on the city's buses, subways and rail lines through Friday. An estimated 330 buses will move Brooklyn residents through the city, which Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joseph Lhota called a “flotilla of buses,” and half the city's subway lines will begin limited operation along with limited rail service. It will all be  slower, more complicated and more crowded at first, but these are just the first steps, Cuomo and Lhota said at a news conference Wednesday night.
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NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Yay, us. Americans last year used public transportation at a level not seen since the mid-1950s and the advent of the interstate highway system , according to the latest annual report by the American Public Transportation Assn. So why the self-congratulations? Because those numbers mean more people are opting to ride trains or buses rather than drive - though you might be a little skeptical about that if you spend any time on Los Angeles freeways. Still, public transportation ridership passed 10.7 billion trips in 2013, the eighth year in a row that ridership exceed 10 billion, and an increase of 1.1% over the previous year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
When Sheyenne Reyes was growing up in Riverside she could always find a seat on the public bus. Reyes is 21 now, and while waiting for the Route 1 line to take her to work last week, the college student lamented that these days the bus often "gets too crowded to the point where some people have to stand up - they stumble a little bit" as the bus rushes from one stop to another. Standing nearby with his wife and infant daughter, 24-year-old Trayvor Chandlis said that he's looking for work and that his family rides the bus because of high gas prices.
OPINION
January 21, 2014
Re “Big fare hikes needed, MTA officials say,” Jan. 14 If we had our priorities right, we would realize that a major goal of public transportation should be to get people out of their cars and use public transportation for most commuting and shopping. The way to do this would be to have cities, counties, states and even the federal government subsidize all forms of public mass transit, making the fares free. Then you'd really see ridership climb. Unfortunately, this requires getting our priorities right.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Florence, Italy , has recently joined Rome and Naples in offering a single entry card, this one good for admission to 33 museums and passage on all its public transportation. The Firenze Card , which costs 50 euros (about $70) and is good for 72 hours, grants admittance to sites large and small, including The Uffizi for the Botticelli masterpieces (without endlessly standing in line – look for the special entrance for card holders) The Academia to see Michelangelo’s David.
OPINION
September 24, 2005
Re "With Traffic at a Crawl, Planners Talk of Tunnels," Sept. 18 Twenty-three-mile-long tunnels through the mountains in order to relieve traffic congestion at a cost of billions -- you're kidding, right? If ever there was an idea demonstrating the poverty of current thinking about our automobile obsession, this is it. It's time to remove fantasy from public policy debate about the design for our cities in the 21st century -- the notion that we can continue single-passenger, longdistance commutes from suburbs to job sites in the coming decades with falling supplies and rising prices for fossil fuels.
MAGAZINE
November 7, 1999
Will Staples Center revitalize L.A.'s downtown? ("Taking Center Stage," Oct. 10.) Not with the current emphasis on driving and parking. It doesn't matter where the center is located. You drive there, park in one of the vast lots and then drive back to where you came from. The huge parking lots defeat the kind of intimate, bustling urban atmosphere necessary to encourage extended stays. The preoccupation with car-based transportation is a form of dementia worn like a badge of honor in these parts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2001 | DON GUNDERSON, Don Gunderson is mayor of Fillmore and has served on the Fillmore City Council since 1990. He is in his second year as an alternate member of the Ventura County Transportation Commission
In the early 1980s, when I lived in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, I was a regular bus commuter. I'd get on the bus with my Washington Post and have a virtually undisturbed 45 minutes to read on my way to work. Similar thing on the way home. On weekends, we'd take the car to the Pentagon, park and then ride the Metro subway to our destinations within the District of Columbia. This saved us both time and the cost of parking. I was a champion of mass transit.
TRAVEL
March 29, 1992 | JUDI DASH
Kingston is a bustling commercial center, one of the West Indies' educational hubs, and the heart and soul of Jamaican art, music and history. The capital began to gain a reputation as a dangerous city when it was wracked by political and economic unrest in the late '70s and early '80s. Since then, tourists have, for the most part, avoided it. Last August, the U.S.
TRAVEL
May 6, 1990 | JACK ADLER
If you have a limited amount of time in a city or just want a quick feeling for what a city has to offer, a coach tour can be your best bet. When booking such a tour, however, find out from the tour company how many stops the coach makes and if participants are allowed off the coach to view attractions. On some tours, sights are pointed out by the tour guide, and tourists never get to leave the coach. A brochure won't tell you about that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The Mulholland Drive Bridge, whose two-phased demolitions in 2011 and 2012 sparked fears of terrible traffic gridlocks widely known as “Carmageddon,” reopened Wednesday morning. County and state transportation officials removed the traffic cones from the bridge over Interstate 405 at 6 a.m.  Officials planned to mark the occasion with an official announcement by the bridge at noon. The conference will include a parade of construction, law enforcement and classic cars crossing the iconic bridge.
SCIENCE
June 17, 2013 | By Julie Cart
A federal report looking at trends in population growth, travel patterns and land use and their impact on the environment is predictably sobering. With the U.S. population expected to grow 42% from 2010 to 2050, the report from the federal Environmental Protection Agency offers a glimpse into the crowded world we're in now and how planners of the future might make decisions with less environmental harm. Among the findings of the current situation: imperiled water supply with at least 850,000 acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams soiled by stormwater runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
When Sheyenne Reyes was growing up in Riverside she could always find a seat on the public bus. Reyes is 21 now, and while waiting for the Route 1 line to take her to work last week, the college student lamented that these days the bus often "gets too crowded to the point where some people have to stand up - they stumble a little bit" as the bus rushes from one stop to another. Standing nearby with his wife and infant daughter, 24-year-old Trayvor Chandlis said that he's looking for work and that his family rides the bus because of high gas prices.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a transportation emergency Wednesday night, giving New York City the go-ahead to waive fares on the city's buses, subways and rail lines through Friday. An estimated 330 buses will move Brooklyn residents through the city, which Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joseph Lhota called a “flotilla of buses,” and half the city's subway lines will begin limited operation along with limited rail service. It will all be  slower, more complicated and more crowded at first, but these are just the first steps, Cuomo and Lhota said at a news conference Wednesday night.
OPINION
September 9, 2012
The effort to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles is fast approaching its final hearings, as the city's Planning Commission turns to the issue this week and the City Council prepares to take it up by the end of the month. Those approvals, if granted, will allow Anschutz Entertainment Group to move to the next step: attempting to secure at least one football team and, after that, to begin construction on the property that is today one wing of the city's much-maligned Convention Center.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google updated its Android Google Maps app this week with new features, but the most noticeable change is a new icon for the app. The new icon, which you can see in the picture above, shows the Google "g" subtly added on top of a map that also includes the iconic Google Maps pin. Previously the icon only showed a blue dot on top of a bland map (you can see the old icon here ). The icon is not only cleaner and more attractive, it pushes the Google brand more. Besides the new look, the app also has some cool new features.
NEWS
October 10, 1991 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waste management, public transportation and affordable housing emerged as key issues during the annual Glendale City Council retreat last week. The five-member council informally gave the nod to city planners to pursue innovative methods of reducing the amount of trash dumped into the city's only landfill, Scholl Canyon. They also charged commission and staff members with setting priorities for transit and housing decisions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012
Tadasana International Festival of Yoga and Music When : Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation highly encouraged. Where : 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica Cost : 1-day passes $99; 3-day passes $295. Children younger than 14 are allowed onto festival grounds free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Info : http://www.tadasanafestival.com
TRAVEL
April 8, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO VERMONT From LAX, United, US Airways, Delta and JetBlue provide connecting service (change of planes) to Burlington. Restricted round-trip fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $508. Public transportation outside the Burlington area is minimal, so plan to rent a car. WHERE TO STAY The Middlebury Inn , 14 Court Square, Middlebury; (802) 388-4961, http://www.middleburyinn.com . A New England landmark with views of Middlebury's town green.
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