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July 2, 1995
For lo these many years Los Angeles has needed a rapid transit system. When one is finally adopted, it is the worst system possible. Not only is it unwise to build an underground transit system in an area riddled with earthquake potential, but it is also the most expensive system that could be conceived. Somebody is making a lot of money at the expense of taxpayers, and the final product is likely to be expensive in terms of ticket prices and further continual repairs. Not to mention danger to passengers with even fairly minor earthquakes.
January 21, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was shot and killed by a partner Tuesday in an apparent accident while conducting a probation search at a Dublin apartment complex, authorities said. In a brief statement, a somber BART police chief said the officer was the first to die on duty in the department's history. Taking no questions, Chief Kenton Rainey said he was confirming the "tragic loss" with "a heavy heart. " "Our condolences go out to the immediate family and friends and the extended BART family," Rainey said.
July 29, 1988
I arrived home last night at 11:30 from the 18th meeting of the Citizens' Advisory Panel on Solutions to Valley Transportation. That is a big mouthful, but it does not compare to the work each and every one of the original 32 panel members was assigned when they accepted this thankless task. No one can deny the congestion, the gridlock, the frustration we all face daily. No one will deny that it will grow worse with each passing week. Yet those few hundreds (I'll even grant thousands)
December 13, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With her candidly quotable, cutely gif-able kookiness, on screen and off, there may be no actress who seems more of right now than Jennifer Lawrence - she's been declared the queen of Tumblr after all. So it is of note when in the new "American Hustle" she declares, apropos of almost nothing, "I don't like change. " It's as if Lawrence is speaking for our moment now. Across movie after movie this year there have been expressions of anxiety and uncertainty as to where we are heading and what comes next.
April 3, 1990 | From United Press International
Erie County lawmakers Monday night agreed on a complicated funding package that ended a two-day shutdown of bus and rapid transit service in New York state's second-largest city. Transit officials said buses and light rail rapid transit cars were expected to resume normal operations this morning. The four-year plan, which would mean $11.
September 29, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
C.M. "Max" Gilliss, a veteran state and local transportation executive who fought for a public rapid transit system in Southern California in the early 1960s, has died. He was 87. Gilliss died of pneumonia Aug. 25 at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta. Appointed by then-Gov. Goodwin Knight, Gilliss served several months in 1958 as director of the California Department of Public Works.
Floating slowly and, alas, peacefully downstream, the paddlers catch their first glimpse of Johnsondale Bridge in nearly three days. It's a welcome sight, this towering metal structure, because on this day it represents more than merely a means of getting from one side of the river to the other. It marks the successful end to one of the wildest, most exhilarating journeys any of them have experienced. Indeed, much has changed in three days.
Ten years after gleaming silver trains started rolling along the South's first rapid-transit system, a 1,582-mile network of 150 bus routes and two rail lines with 29 stations carries 250,000 passengers a day. The Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority has been hailed for its record of safety and cleanliness. It celebrated its trains' 10th birthday with free rides on July 4 that drew a record 435,000 passengers.
The state Assembly passed and sent to the Senate on Monday legislation to require that a San Fernando Valley extension of the Metro Rail subway be built underground through residential areas of North Hollywood and Van Nuys. The bill, supported by all Valley Assembly members, passed 48 to 14. The opposition was led by San Gabriel Valley legislators.
June 23, 1993 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Karen Grigsby Bates writes about modern culture, race relations and politics for several national publications.
The old folks are right: You never miss your water till the well runs dry. In this case, the well is public transportation, which I, erroneously, always assumed any self-respecting American city of decent size would have. Then I moved to Los Angeles. I should say at the outset that I am a fan of this place. It's a great town, with lots of things to recommend it. A decent public transit network, however, isn't one of them.
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - BART management and union leaders emerged from negotiations late Monday to announce an end to the four-day regional rail strike that sent hundreds of thousands of commuters scrambling to find alternatives to the 104-mile system. The strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions stung its weekday ridership of 400,000 more sharply Monday than it had Friday, as residents who had taken a long weekend or worked from home scrambled for buses, ferries and carpools - or sat for hours in gridlocked traffic.
August 5, 2013 | Sandy Banks
San Francisco dodged a bullet with Gov. Jerry Brown's deadline maneuver to block a strike by BART employees that would have left hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters and tourists stranded and scrambling. But the temporary delay won't resolve an issue that goes deeper than benefits and wages: This high-stakes standoff has fed the perception that public sector employees are oblivious to other workers' economic pain. Last month's five-day strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers brought that notion into stark relief, in a region where economy and geography make public transportation a lifeline, not just a convenience.
July 1, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Wayne Phillips did everything but swim as he struggled to get to his tech job in this city's Financial District on Monday morning. His usual smooth ride on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train was derailed by the system's first strike in 16 years. So Phillips drove from the East Bay city of Concord to Oakland. He stood in a "quarter-mile-long" line for a ferry. Then he gave up and jumped on his own boat, a 30-foot Bayliner named Lovin' Life. "I boated to South Beach Harbor and then took MUNI," Phillips said, referring to the local bus, trolley and cable car system.
August 15, 2011 | Garrett Therolf and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
A group of activist hackers launched attacks Sunday against the websites of the Fullerton Police Department and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in response to the recent deaths of two men in confrontations with the agencies. The attack did not appear to be successful in Fullerton, but officials at the San Francisco-area mass transit authority were forced to shut down, a marketing website designed to encourage riders to use the system for travel to leisure events. The group posted the names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords of thousands of Bay Area residents, but a BART spokesman said the website held no sensitive financial information.
December 10, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Bus-only lanes that would operate during rush hour on busy Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles were approved Thursday, but a mile-long section of the proposed project was eliminated to ease the concerns of Westwood residents. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to build the $31.5-million bus rapid transit project, which includes 7.7 miles of bus lanes on both sides of the street between South Park View Street, which borders MacArthur Park near downtown, and Centinela Avenue on the Westside.
January 9, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga and Ruben Vives
The family of a 22-year-old man shot to death by a transit police officer on New Year's Day urged Oakland residents Thursday to remain calm and deplored the violence that erupted during a protest over the shooting a day earlier. The city bristled with anger and sorrow as store owners cleaned up the debris from the vandalism during Wednesday night's protest and officials announced that the Oakland Police Department would join in the investigation of Oscar J. Grant III's death.
It's Michael Walden's first week as the operator of a Los Angeles Metro Blue Line train. He's a former bus driver, but the differences between bus and rail are like night and day. Accidents are commonplace, and deaths to motorists and pedestrians along the Blue Line are the highest among California's light-rail systems. Trains can reach speeds of up to 55 mph while buses are stalled in traffic. After the trains reach top speed, it takes them more than the length of a football field to stop.
March 1, 1992 | ANDREW GREELEY, Andrew Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest and a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of more than 100 books, most recently a Blackie Ryan mystery, "Happy Are the Merciful," published by Putnam.
You've heard of San Francisco's BART--Bay Area Rapid Transit. But if you're thinking of traveling to Dublin, you should learn about DART--or, as it's known locally, the DART--Dublin Area Rapid Transit. A modern high-speed system built partly along the path of the world's second-oldest railroad, it's one of Europe's great sightseeing bargains.
July 1, 2008
Re "MTA takes first step in getting tax hike on ballot," June 27 It's hard to believe that the people of Los Angeles would not be in favor of granting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority a half-cent sales-tax increase to improve rapid transit and infrastructure. As a downtown L.A. worker and resident, I hear more people say that the long commute plus the high cost of gas is pushing them to the brink of moving closer to work. In the near term, there is no relief from gas prices.
April 6, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
As Orange County transportation planners look to the future, they want cities to help find innovative ways to encourage motorists to forsake their beloved cars and embrace mass transit. Cities were given $100,000 each for ideas to shuttle riders from Metrolink stations to residential areas, major employers, resort areas and shopping malls. To the planners' chagrin, however, most cities wanted trolleys, shuttles or "fun buses" that rely on rubber-tire technology.
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