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July 20, 1990 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flushed with the success of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Light Rail Line opening, county transit officials Thursday called for the resumption of formal negotiations with the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. for the purchase of 173 miles of additional right of way for commuter rail lines. "I'm asking Southern Pacific to come back to the bargaining table," said county Supervisor Ed Edelman, who chairs the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. "The public wants light rail . . .
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June 6, 1998 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If I'd had any doubts that I was crossing into a different culture, they were dispelled at the Burbank Metrolink station's automatic ticket machine. After I slid a $20 bill into the slot for a $4.50 round-trip ticket to Sylmar/San Fernando, the machine gave me as change two quarters--and 15 Susan B. Anthony dollars. I don't believe I've seen 15 Suzies all in one place before. They're still legal tender, right?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1990 | BILL BOYARSKY
I'd heard they were testing the trolley cars on the new Long Beach-to-Los Angeles commuter rail line. Always interested in anything that runs on rail, I headed to the maintenance yard to catch a ride. I drove to the yard alone, oblivious to everything except the traffic on the San Diego and Long Beach freeways and the radio news. This is how most of us commute--isolated in our private worlds. Commuting by rail isn't like that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
In an effort to curb fatalities along the Metrolink rail system, the L.A. City Council urged the Metrolink board to consider a comprehensive fencing program along rail lines. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who introduced the motion at a council meeting Wednesday, said a fencing project would be worth the expense. "It's really a budget item," Alarcon said. "[Metrolink] just needs to take [funding] out of other items in order to do more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If I'd had any doubts that I was crossing into a different culture, they were dispelled at the Burbank Metrolink station's automatic ticket machine. After I slid a $20 bill into the slot for a $4.50 round-trip ticket to Sylmar/San Fernando, the machine gave me as change two quarters--and 15 Susan B. Anthony dollars. I don't believe I've seen 15 Suzies all in one place before. They're still legal tender, right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996
The $1.8-billion Alameda Corridor project cleared another legislative hurdle in Washington on Tuesday when a Senate subcommittee vetted plans for federal seed money for the 20-mile Los Angeles rail cargo artery. Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees transportation spending, backed a section of the bill that calls for $59 million to be given to the California Infrastructure Bank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
In an effort to curb fatalities along the Metrolink rail system, the L.A. City Council urged the Metrolink board to consider a comprehensive fencing program along rail lines. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who introduced the motion at a council meeting Wednesday, said a fencing project would be worth the expense. "It's really a budget item," Alarcon said. "[Metrolink] just needs to take [funding] out of other items in order to do more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the floor throbbed beneath their feet, technicians slithered through the guts of the new periwinkle-and-white Metrolink locomotive, inspecting nests of wires under a control panel and adjusting a bank of valves dancing wildly atop its idling, 3,000 horsepower diesel motor. "These are the Cadillacs of locomotives," Field Service Engineer William H. (Butch) Erwin said over the rhythmic rumble and squeal of the motor. "There is a little more insulation; it is a little quieter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to pull out of an agreement to purchase property needed for the Alameda Corridor, although officials emphasized that the massive transportation project itself has not been derailed. The Alameda Corridor would expand rail lines from the Port of Los Angeles to the central city, greatly improving the port's ability to distribute goods to markets across the country. The rail construction would employ thousands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
As part of a nationwide trail project, planners from two conservation groups are studying the feasibility of converting about 50 miles of abandoned or under-used Valley railroad corridors into recreational trails. Planners from the Eos Institute and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are beginning talks with city and county officials and other groups to look into developing trails along the routes of two active and one abandoned San Fernando Valley railroad.
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November 4, 1997 | RICHARD SIMON and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Safety, service and capacity problems on the Union Pacific Railroad's troubled 36,000-mile system all but locked up vital sectors of Los Angeles' economy Monday, stranding cargo in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, forcing shippers to reroute goods to other harbors and holding up chlorine needed to treat the region's water supply. The railroad's problems in moving freight also have been blamed for delaying Metrolink commuter train service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 | MAKI BECKER
The sight and stench of a dead dog embedded in railroad tracks illustrated one of the reasons South Los Angeles activists say railways need to clean up their tracks. Community groups have demanded that the tracks be better maintained, even standing in the way of a train last Friday to protest what they say are unsightly and potentially hazardous conditions. Public officials rallied behind that effort on Thursday. But what remained unclear was who was responsible for maintaining the tracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even by California standards, this was a strange sight. A train speeding by without a locomotive, then the six passenger cars breaking into two separate trains while moving. And it had Hebrew lettering and a horn that sounded like a braying donkey. Billed as a train of the future, the Flexliner arrived this week from Israel, where it was previously in service, as part of its Danish maker's North American sales tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996
The $1.8-billion Alameda Corridor project cleared another legislative hurdle in Washington on Tuesday when a Senate subcommittee vetted plans for federal seed money for the 20-mile Los Angeles rail cargo artery. Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees transportation spending, backed a section of the bill that calls for $59 million to be given to the California Infrastructure Bank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS and JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Alameda Corridor, a Los Angeles rail project billed as crucial to the region's economy, cleared a major hurdle Thursday--but it took the intervention of some powerful politicians, including House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich joined Gov. Pete Wilson, Mayor Richard Riordan and Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill by phone from Washington at a Los Angeles news conference to announce that the project appeared assured of winning a $400-million federal loan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1996
Federal officials said Tuesday that they have finished the required environmental review of the proposed Alameda Corridor project, giving the green light to the $1.8-billion rail system from the harbor to downtown Los Angeles. The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together handle one-fourth of all U.S. international shipping trade, "are important to U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1990
A county transit committee reviewing three rival San Fernando Valley rail plans Wednesday endorsed an extension of the Metro Rail subway, rejected a light rail line and left open the question of whether a monorail should be built along the Ventura Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990
Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson urged county officials Wednesday to convert the old Chatsworth railroad station site into "an expanded super transit center" where commuters could catch trains, taxis and airport shuttles in a complex equipped with restaurants, child care centers and other services. Bernson introduced a motion asking that the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission help private developers construct a retail complex on the 13-acre parcel on Devonshire Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1996 | BILL BOYARSKY
President Clinton is cooking up a mess of political pork for the Southland in a frenzy of election-year generosity. On Tuesday, he permitted his best Republican friend, Mayor Richard Riordan, to announce a $400-million federal loan to help build a huge public works project, the Alameda Corridor high-speed rail line, designed to speed freight from the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors to a downtown terminal, and to points beyond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE
Federal, state and county transportation officials used a heavily traveled railroad crossing as a backdrop Thursday to promote a public hearing aimed at reducing the number of fatal accidents involving cars and trains. In recent years, the crossing at Sunland Boulevard and San Fernando Road has undergone a series of safety improvements, most notably a synchronized traffic light system that prevents cars from "stacking up" on the tracks when a train approaches.
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