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May 7, 1987 | From United Press International
The Southern California Rapid Transit District board of directors today rejected a proposal to raise the basic bus fare, now at 85 cents, to 90 cents. The RTD's action leaves open the question of how a $25-million deficit projected for next year will be erased. Raising bus fares and the price of special passes would have brought the beleaguered district $9.5 million. State law requires the RTD to adopt a balanced budget.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1993
I am writing to set the record straight and give credit where credit is due regarding a letter (Feb. 8) that improperly credited LACTC Executive Director Neil Peterson for the art program associated with the new Metro Red Line. The art program and funding for it was initiated by the RTD board of directors and enthusiastically implemented by RTD's former general manager, John A. Dyer, and carried forward by the district's present general manager, Alan F. Pegg. It was a citizen advisory committee to the RTD board composed of five art experts who selected the artists for the stations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1985 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
Directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, with only one board member dissenting, formally approved Thursday a 41-month labor contract with the 5,000-member United Transportation Union. The pact between the RTD and its bus drivers is the longest contract in the transit district's history. The board's approval of the contract, by a vote of 10 to 1, follows an overwhelming ratification vote by union members earlier this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1992
Southern California Rapid Transit District officials revived the bus token Thursday, a move they hope will save the RTD $250,000 a month in fare processing. To try to realize those savings as soon as possible, the RTD Board of Directors also agreed to suspend normal procurement practices by letting staff solicit bids from a limited number of suppliers, then negotiate and sign a contract without further board approval.
NEWS
September 22, 1988
Supervisor Pete Schabarum has appointed one of his aides, who lives in Walnut, as his representative to the Southern California Rapid Transit District board of directors. Jeff Jenkins, a staff assistant who handles transportation issues for Schabarum, replaces former board member Erwin Jones, who resigned at Schabarum's request because of disagreements between the two on transit issues.
NEWS
August 16, 1990
Directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District have approved expansion of Glendale's free Beeline bus shuttle service into south Glendale for at least six months. The service, expected to begin Oct. 1, will loop through the southern part of the city along Brand Boulevard and Central Avenue, with a stop at the city's Amtrak station. RTD officials had protested expansion of the city's shuttle, saying that it would divert riders from RTD buses that travel the same route.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1988
Carmen Estrada, an RTD board member and public interest lawyer, was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to fill a vacancy on the city's Planning Commission. If confirmed by the City Council, Estrada will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Dan Garcia, who in recent years served as president of the panel and became an influential, moderate voice in the debate over slow growth and overdevelopment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the RTD board rejected similar proposals, managers of the financially troubled transit district are again raising the possibility of fare increases and bus service cutbacks to erase red ink in their budget. A new staff report, which will be discussed by the Southern California Rapid Transit District Board of Directors on Thursday, says the transit agency faces a deficit of up to $12.5 million in its current 1987-88 spending plan and should take steps to balance the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1990 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jan Hall, recently retired member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District Board of Directors, may have a very short tenure as a paid lobbyist for the district, according to RTD officials. The district board on Thursday suspended the $99,500 consultant contract that put Hall to work on the district's behalf, but then agreed to give RTD General Manager Alan F. Pegg a week to explain why and how Hall ended up as a district lobbyist immediately after leaving her board post.
NEWS
August 9, 1990 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a two-month dispute over a potential loss of bus riders, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board is slated to vote today on an agreement that would allow Glendale to expand its free Beeline shuttle service into the southern part of the city for at least six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to close a $65-million budget gap without penalizing its poorest customers, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board Thursday agreed to consider such options as cutting base fares or eliminating monthly passes or transfers. The RTD board also expressed an interest in reintroducing metal tokens to replace the paper tickets used for its discounted-fare program. RTD Controller-Treasurer Thomas A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To help people forced to travel farther to buy food, do laundry and obtain services because of riot damage to their neighborhoods, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board voted Thursday to temporarily offer a special 50-cent fare throughout the county. The June-through-September fare--less than half the regular $1.10 and the lowest since 1985--was approved 10 to 0, even though board members conceded that the district does not yet have the $9 million needed to pay for it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1992 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an action that underscores emerging problems with cost predictions, transportation officials have quietly approved a $25.7-million cost overrun for the Metro Rail subway station at 5th and Hill streets in downtown Los Angeles. The overrun has pushed the price of the station to $69.5 million--80% more than it was supposed to cost when work began in 1987. Earlier overruns had added $5.2 million to the tab for the station, which was to have cost $38.7 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emphatically rejecting both fare increases and "significant" service cuts, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board said Thursday that it will cope with a $55-million budget shortfall by paring all non-essential spending and borrowing against future income.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twice in the last two years, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board has voted to put its own transit police officers on the Metro Rail Blue Line. Both times, the red-faced RTD reversed itself under pressure from the powerful Los Angeles County Transportation Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1991 | RONALD L. SOBLE and MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Now that Los Angeles has settled the political questions of where rapid transit trains will run, roughly how much they should cost and who will pay to build them, the Southern California Rapid Transit District faces an equally sticky decision: Will its transit police be able to police its transit?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Averting a strike by bus drivers, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board of directors ratified new contracts Saturday with three unions representing more than 7,000 of the system's operators, mechanics and clerical staff, RTD officials said. "Everyone came out a winner at the bargaining table," RTD board President Marvin Holen said in a prepared statement after the unanimous vote.
NEWS
June 13, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A leading defender of the troubled RTD has charged that the transit agency regularly violates state laws by allowing too many passengers aboard its buses. Southern California Rapid Transit District board member Marv Holen said Friday that bus riders are packing into every available inch on many lines and blocking the side view of drivers in violation of the state Vehicle Code.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Averting a strike by bus drivers, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board of directors ratified new contracts Saturday with three unions representing more than 7,000 of the system's operators, mechanics and clerical staff, RTD officials said. "Everyone came out a winner at the bargaining table," RTD board President Marvin Holen said in a prepared statement after the unanimous vote.
NEWS
March 11, 1991 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 5:30 a.m. and still dark at the RTD bus yard in West Hollywood, but it wasn't too early for Nick Patsaouras to grab a microphone and rattle off a few inspirational words to the mechanics and bus drivers drifting in for the sunrise shift. "I believe we are on the right road to make this system the best bus operating company in the nation," Patsaouras gushed, bus engines rumbling in the background. "I feel so good. . . . People come and tell me the buses are clean. The buses are on time.
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