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October 15, 1998 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After almost 15 years of groundwork, the agency in charge of the $2.4-billion Alameda Corridor project approved a package of measures Wednesday, clearing the way for construction of the long-awaited high-speed rail link to serve the county's burgeoning ports. In one session, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority's board unanimously passed nine major items that bring the project significantly closer to reality. "I have never seen such unity and commitment," said James C.
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June 25, 1999 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite intense lobbying by San Gabriel Valley officials and their supporters, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Thursday refused to directly commit $162 million to extend the Alameda Corridor rail project east from downtown. On a razor-thin 7-6 vote, however, the MTA directors agreed to strongly support the $950-million project to speed freight trains through the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys after they leave rail yards in Los Angeles.
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November 24, 1989 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Train conductor Joseph Byrd glanced anxiously at his pocket watch and scanned the suddenly deserted rail platform at Union Station in Los Angeles. "All aboard!" he yelled to no one in particular. Then he produced a walkie-talkie from the pocket of his blue suit coat and stepped onto the San Diego-bound passenger train. "I'm ready," he barked to the engineer. On board, the train's bar car was already doing a brisk business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After almost 15 years of groundwork, the agency in charge of the $2.4-billion Alameda Corridor project approved a package of measures Wednesday, clearing the way for construction of the long-awaited high-speed rail link to serve the county's burgeoning ports. In one session, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority's board unanimously passed nine major items that bring the project significantly closer to reality. "I have never seen such unity and commitment," said James C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1992 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART
The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and METROLINK will hold an open house tonight in Chatsworth to discuss the new commuter train and the Chatsworth Train Station. The open house will be held at Germain Street Elementary School, 20730 Germain St., in Chatsworth from 4 to 8 p.m. "People can come in and talk one-on-one about fares, times of trains, destinations" and safety issues for passengers and motorists, LACTC spokesman Tim Galbraith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1990
The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission gave its formal approval to the proposed $450-million purchase of Southern Pacific rights of way and other land and facilities. But Neil Peterson, the commission's executive director, cautioned that there are serious impedements before the deal can be consummated March 31. Peterson noted that the county plans to buy only a share of the ownership of two of the three lines it plans to use for commuter rail service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1991
The National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) was selected Thursday to operate Southern California's Metrolink commuter-train service, which is scheduled to debut next October. Amtrak, which already operates local commuter-train services in Maryland, Massachusetts and Connecticut, was chosen over Canada's UTDC by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, meeting in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1990
Los Angeles County Transportation commissioners agreed to consider, in concept at least, some public funding for a proposed high-speed rail line between Los Angeles International Airport and Palmdale, originally intended to be privately financed. Wednesday's action was only a conceptual endorsement of the 69-mile, multibillion-dollar project proposed by a private consortium, they said. Commission members seemed divided on committing public funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1990
After two years of rumbling through on their way between Santa Barbara and San Diego, Amtrak trains will provide Burbank with twice-daily service beginning today. A southbound train to San Diego via Los Angeles is scheduled to stop each day at the former CalTrain platform on Empire Avenue near Burbank Airport at 9:48 a.m. A northbound train to Santa Barbara will stop there at 8:18 p.m.
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September 25, 1990 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Commuters could see train service between Los Angeles and 10 cities in Orange County every 20 minutes during rush hour under an ambitious new commuter rail plan presented Monday. With money drawn largely from state rail bonds, transportation planners hope to buy six new locomotives, open new stations in Tustin, Mission Viejo, Orange and Buena Park, and launch the expanded rail service by 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Progress on decisions critical to the development of the Alameda Corridor stalled Wednesday, when the agency in charge of building the 20-mile rail expressway could not reach a final agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, one of the railroads that will haul cargo on the new route.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1998 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long-awaited $2-billion Alameda Corridor project took two major steps toward reality Friday, when the Port of Los Angeles approved a railroad operating agreement and raised the debt ceiling on bonds that can be sold to fund construction of the 20-mile rail expressway.
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May 21, 1995 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It lacks the beautiful coastline of Palos Verdes and the glamour of Palm Springs. There is no Disneyland nor row after row of million-dollar homes to attract out-of-towners. What this city does have is a history rich in aerospace achievements and a few glorious weeks in spring when the desert comes alive with the fluorescent orange of poppies.
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April 6, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than $53 million in federal highway funds earmarked for a giant rail and truck line that would link Los Angeles County's ports and rail yards was saved Wednesday when Washington budget-cutters decided to restore the money and keep the project on track, even though some of the money was appropriated 13 years ago but never spent. Senate and House conferees also voted to restore money for 10 other California highway projects totaling an additional $27 million.
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September 6, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the state wants to build a highway on a recalcitrant homeowner's land, there is a simple solution. The house is condemned and its owner offered the fair market value. Today, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles want to build what is widely regarded as a key transportation link in the state--the Alameda Corridor, a modernized rail line to connect the ports with Downtown. But the landowner--Southern Pacific Transportation Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Metrolink engineer's day starts well before the sun creeps over the San Gabriel Mountains and ends long after it has set in the Pacific. The engineer is a special breed of rail worker who each day is responsible for $4-million worth of equipment and the lives of about 800 passengers. And then there is the trauma of the almost inevitable accidents that result in deaths or injuries. But the job is not all long hours and high stress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal to build a high-speed, magnetic-levitation rail line from Los Angeles International Airport to Palmdale may benefit from a $151-billion transportation act signed Wednesday by President Bush, county transportation officials said. The Federal Surface Transportation Act, which Bush hopes will generate new jobs and help jump-start the economy, sets aside $725 million for magnetic-levitation research and development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1991
More than $40 million for building several key sections of a proposed commuter rail service has been approved by the California Transportation Commission for inclusion in a $1-billion state bond sale next month. To prepare for commuter rail service starting late next year, the commission allocated $42.1 million to buy Southern Pacific rail lines in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, as well as building of a station in Moorpark in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1993
The California Transportation Commission allocated $179 million Wednesday to Los Angeles transit officials to expand the Metrolink commuter trains and other Southland rail projects and $13.5 million for highway improvements in Los Angeles County. The money will be drawn from state funds and State Propositions 116 and 108, which voters approved in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's 5:38 a.m. in Covina, an hour before Cynthia Doyon has set her alarm clock to ring. But she will not sleep late this morning--or any other weekday morning. A 105-decibel horn atop a passing Metrolink train is about to blow reveille 60 feet from her bedroom. After a long day selling securities, Joe Busher ought to be poolside behind his Long Beach townhouse with his wife, Jan. But the Bushers can hardly stand to open a window to their back yard, much less seek solace there.
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