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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000
Everyone likes a bargain. Last Saturday I attended a parade, accompanying members of Congress and others to a review at Port Hueneme. I listened to a young gunner aboard the U.S.S Comstock as he told us that each 25-mm round fired from a deck gun cost the taxpayers $1,000. These expenses were dwarfed in comparison to taxpayer money spent to bring this 10-year-old ship from San Diego to Port Hueneme for public view and tours. On Sunday, we visited a money pit. Seventeen miles of public transportation from North Hollywood to Los Angeles, built at a cost of $275 million a mile.
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OPINION
June 24, 2012
Re "Expo's halting start," Opinion, June 20 Molly Selvin gave the Expo Line a test ride during its first month of operation, and - incredibly! - found problems. The Expo Line, and the rest of the public transportation network, was not built for thrills. It was built because Los Angeles is growing, freeways are jammed and the price of gasoline is on its way up with no limit in sight. Selvin's disappointing ride is sad but not unexpected in the first weeks or months of operation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
In a long-standing court battle involving the Red Line subway, a judge has found evidence of possible witness tampering by Los Angeles transportation officials and referred it to the state attorney general for investigation. According to an order filed Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl wrote that witness statements taken during a contempt hearing in May raised the possibility that officials reasssigned a subcontractor's employee to prevent him from testifying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2011 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
An hour before the clock struck midnight, two young women got off the Metro Red Line subway at Hollywood and Vine and melted into a crowd dressed in the bondage gear that passes for ball gowns in L.A.: tight black skirts that barely covered their bottoms, high-heeled booties, strapless tops, all worn in resolute defiance of the 50-degree air. They were Brianna Tomaselli and Gianna Vona, two fashion students lately transplanted from "Jersey" to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2005 | Erica Williams, Times Staff Writer
With new support of traffic-snarled Westside cities, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted Thursday to revive the issue of subway expansion and put it back into long-range transportation plans for Los Angeles County. The 11-2 vote was a very preliminary move toward overcoming the many legal and financial obstacles to extending the Red Line west along Wilshire Boulevard, one of the densest corridors in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite anemic revenues from its recession-battered sales-tax surcharges, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission staff proposed Wednesday to increase its budget by 10.6%, to $1.68 billion, for the fiscal year starting July 1. The LACTC budget, which would exceed that of several states, proposes to keep the agency's ambitious rail-construction program on track, but recommends cutting back on often-criticized administrative expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1991 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congress is set to approve spending $135 million in 1992 to help finance Metro Rail construction in the Mid-Wilshire area and Hollywood, providing a crucial chunk of money for the multibillion dollar mass-transit project, local transit officials said Thursday. Metro Rail officials hailed the appropriation as an "absolutely critical" step in the construction of the entire 400-mile Metro Rail project, which will be the nation's second largest mass-transit rail network.
NEWS
May 15, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county must dramatically scale back its 30-year transportation plan as a result of a projected $20-billion shortfall caused mainly by a sharp decline in sales tax revenues, the head of Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday. An integral part of the ambitious, $183-billion plan is the $5.4-billion, 21.7-mile Metro Red Line subway.
OPINION
April 28, 1996
The many problems faced by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were not magically solved through the sacrificing . . . er, firing . . . of Chief Executive Officer Franklin White four months ago. That has never been more painfully obvious. Take the Mid-City segment of the Red Line subway, for example. On the surface of it, the proper route might be obvious: straight out Wilshire Boulevard past such major attractions as the La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Art Museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Red Line subway station at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue was closed for an hour Sunday evening, after an underground gas detection alarm sounded, a transit spokeswoman said. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the alarm about 6:50 p.m., closing the station for the next hour, she said. No one was injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
In a long-standing court battle involving the Red Line subway, a judge has found evidence of possible witness tampering by Los Angeles transportation officials and referred it to the state attorney general for investigation. According to an order filed Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl wrote that witness statements taken during a contempt hearing in May raised the possibility that officials reasssigned a subcontractor's employee to prevent him from testifying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
What is the Gold Line Eastside extension? It's the latest light-rail line in Los Angeles County, running six miles from downtown L.A. through Boyle Heights and into East Los Angeles. When it opens to the public on Sunday, the Gold Line will run from Pasadena to East L.A. The Eastside extension cost $898 million to build. Construction began in 2004. -- How many stations are there? There are eight stations along the extension's route: Atlantic, East L.A. Civic Center, Maravilla, Indiana, Soto, Mariachi Plaza, Pico/Aliso and Little Tokyo/Arts District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Local buses, trains and even some train stations have been slathered in advertising in recent years to raise money for cash-strapped transit agencies. On Tuesday, commercial messages on mass transit in the Southland reached a new frontier when subway riders began seeing a 15-second video floating outside the train's window in a dark tunnel near Universal City. The first ad was a short promo for the film "Speed Racer," featuring the main character's car zipping and flipping about.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writers
Transportation officials on Thursday gave a green light to the largest "transit-oriented" development in L.A. County history, a $1.3-billion apartment, retail and high-rise office tower complex to be built at the terminus of the Red Line subway and Orange Line busway in North Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Red Line subway station at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue was closed for an hour Sunday evening, after an underground gas detection alarm sounded, a transit spokeswoman said. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the alarm about 6:50 p.m., closing the station for the next hour, she said. No one was injured.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The movement to place housing near public transportation gains ground in Los Angeles as work begins today on the first high-rise mixed-use project in Koreatown since the Metro Red Line reached it a decade ago. Developers are set to break ground on a $160-million condominium skyscraper over shops at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, a western terminus of the Red Line subway connecting downtown to Koreatown and North Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced Friday that his department would follow through on its promise to grant Los Angeles County $45 million in federal money for more buses and the construction of the Red Line subway. About $40 million will be payment for the $1.4-billion Red Line subway extension to North Hollywood, which has been carrying passengers since 2000.
OPINION
December 5, 2005 | D.J. Waldie, D.J. WALDIE is the author of "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles" (Angel City Press, 2004).
THAT HOLLOW laughter you hear echoing from beneath your feet is the Ghost of Mass Transit Past, stirring again like one of Ebenezer Scrooge's unwelcome holiday visitors below the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, where the mid-city arm of the Red Line subway terminated in 1996. Twenty-five years after a downtown-to-Santa-Monica subway line was proposed, and 10 years after it was pronounced DOA, the idea of a "subway to the sea" will not lie quietly in its grave.
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