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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Echoing complaints made by other recently fired inspectors, a former quality-control worker contended Monday that he has catalogued numerous examples of shoddy construction on the Metro Red Line subway project--bad work that he said was covered up by falsified inspection reports. "Let me assure all of you here . . . that your contract files are littered with falsified, phony inspection reports," quality-control engineer Mike Quint told the directors of the Rail Construction Corp.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1994 | RICHARD SIMON and DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are expected at a special meeting today to discuss whether to seek tighter control over subway construction in the wake of the federal government's decision to suspend future funding for the troubled project. But aides to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan have requested postponement of a proposal to dissolve the subsidiary agency that has supervised construction of the multibillion-dollar subway.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1994 | RICHARD SIMON and DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are expected at a special meeting today to discuss whether to seek tighter control over subway construction in the wake of the federal government's decision to suspend future funding for the troubled project. But aides to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan have requested postponement of a proposal to dissolve the subsidiary agency that has supervised construction of the multibillion-dollar subway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1994
With billions of dollars going into subway and rail construction projects in Los Angeles, how can we ensure that the public is getting a first-rate system, one that is safe and cost-effective? That's undeniably the Metropolitan Transit Authority's responsibility.
NEWS
September 22, 1994 | DAVID WILLMAN and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attempting to gain tighter control over the troubled Los Angeles subway and light-rail projects, the top executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that he has begun revamping the agency's construction practices. But elected officials rebuffed his attempt to immediately dissolve the MTA subsidiary that is overseeing construction of the multibillion-dollar Metro Rail project. Chief Executive Officer Franklin E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1991
An insurance company Monday presented a $10-million check to the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission for superior worker-safety programs during rail and subway construction. "These savings mean lower costs for Los Angeles County taxpayers when it comes to providing mass transit," said Ed McSpedon, president and chief executive officer of the Rail Construction Corp., the Transportation Commission's rail subsidiary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992
The Rail Construction Corp. voted Monday to delay awarding a $10-million contract for the construction of a safety and security communications system on the Metro Green Line project. After receiving a written protest from HSQ Technology of South San Francisco, the commission voted to wait before giving the contract to Mass Electric Construction of Los Angeles, the company that scored highest in the commission's evaluation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rail Construction Corp. board Monday agreed to pay $9.5 million to Tutor-Saliba/Groves to settle $39.2 million in claims sought by the Sylmar-based joint venture for alleged design flaws on the Civic Center subway station and adjoining tunnels. The settlement, which must be approved by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, would raise the cost of this particular Metro Red Line subway station and tunnel contract to $89 million--nearly 45% above Tutor's original $61.5-million bid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1992
County transit officials Monday authorized another $2.5 million to battle water leaks that have plagued downtown subway stations on the Metro Red and Blue lines, bringing the total cost of fighting the leaks to nearly $5 million. The latest expenditure, approved by the Rail Construction Corp., will go for the injection of more chemical grout into porous concrete station and tunnel walls to seal holes in plastic liners designed to keep water--and explosive gases--out of the transit system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1993
Transportation commissioners Wednesday approved a $5-million increase for the Green Line's first 15 cars, bringing the total cost to $50 million. Edward McSpedon, president of the LACTC's Rail Construction Corp., said that when commissioners approved the rail car contract last October with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corp., which is being paid in yen, they failed to provide all the necessary funds.
NEWS
September 22, 1994 | DAVID WILLMAN and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attempting to gain tighter control over the troubled Los Angeles subway and light-rail projects, the top executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that he has begun revamping the agency's construction practices. But elected officials rebuffed his attempt to immediately dissolve the MTA subsidiary that is overseeing construction of the multibillion-dollar Metro Rail project. Chief Executive Officer Franklin E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1994
It was hard to ignore the irony of your lead editorial, Jan. 28, "Government: When It Works Well and When It Doesn't." The Times was critical of an apparent lack of urgency in the city's public works construction and modernization programs which, you opined, may have left us more vulnerable than necessary to the impact of the Jan. 17 earthquake. On the other hand on Nov. 16 and 17, exactly two months prior to the Northridge quake, The Times published a series of articles criticizing the Rail Construction Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1993
Transportation commissioners Wednesday approved a $5-million increase for the Green Line's first 15 cars, bringing the total cost to $50 million. Edward McSpedon, president of the LACTC's Rail Construction Corp., said that when commissioners approved the rail car contract last October with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corp., which is being paid in yen, they failed to provide all the necessary funds.
OPINION
November 15, 1992
With regard to your article (Nov. 6) and subsequent editorial (Nov. 7) on the results of our audit of one of the Metro Rail contractors, some clarification is in order. The audit of Tutor & Saliba-Groves was initiated by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission to ensure the propriety of corporate overhead charges made to the Metro Rail project. Our audit has questioned some $2.7 million worth of corporate overhead costs incurred by the contractor during 1990. In fact, only a small fraction of these questioned costs were charged to the Metro Rail project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rail Construction Corp. board Monday agreed to pay $9.5 million to Tutor-Saliba/Groves to settle $39.2 million in claims sought by the Sylmar-based joint venture for alleged design flaws on the Civic Center subway station and adjoining tunnels. The settlement, which must be approved by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, would raise the cost of this particular Metro Red Line subway station and tunnel contract to $89 million--nearly 45% above Tutor's original $61.5-million bid.
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Auditors have questioned $2.7 million in overhead expenses incurred by the top contractor for Los Angeles's rail transit network, including political contributions, personal air travel and a fitness trainer for the firm's president. The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission is seeking to recover an estimated $200,000 of the overhead costs that auditors contend were improperly charged to the agency by Tutor-Saliba Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1992
In what was hailed by the project manager as a milestone, the Rail Construction Corp. on Monday approved subcontracts for surveys and mapping of the planned Blue Line extension from downtown Los Angeles to east Pasadena. The map shows the tentative route for the extension. Laurence Weldon, who is heading up the project, said that if negotiations with the Santa Fe Railway for rights of way continue apace and all goes well, trains could be running along the light rail extension by December, 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1992
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday asked the county Transportation Commission to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement and lax safety precautions on Metro Rail projects. Last week, four whistle-blowers called for a federal investigation into alleged problems, which they said ranged from the use of defective concrete in Metro Red Line tunnels to unauthorized spending by LACTC staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Los Angeles set out to build its first modern subway six years ago, the project's engineers thought it best to break down its massive station- and tunnel-building contracts into several stages and bundle up its complex communications network into one big job. Now, with the first 4.4-mile segment of the Metro Red Line nearly complete and scheduled to open in March, the engineers realize that those decisions were wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Metro Rail construction workers are injured at a rate three times the national average, largely because of substandard safety training, inadequate inspection, slipshod reporting and a lack of post-accident investigations, an independent consultant has concluded. The critical 43-page report by Fluor Daniel Inc. and the Kellogg Corp.
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