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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1991
Clearly, bus drivers must be able to refuse admittance or continued occupancy in their bus by passengers they believe unfit. And they must have help. Ordinarily, such help must come from officials either aboard the bus or called to the bus, but the driver may have to try to enlist help from others. Such an expediency would require great care. Considerable effort must be made to assign RTD police as conductors on a regular basis to certain bus routes. And perhaps as an unexpected windfall, passenger use of buses with security officials would increase a hundredfold!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1994
On March 17, I was finishing a bagel on the RTD bus on my way to work, when a man flashed his Transit Police badge at me and asked me to get off the bus. Not one but five undercover cops accompanied me off, and spent 15 minutes writing out a citation. Is this what police should be doing? Is this where taxpayers' monies are going? It seems stupid and wasteful, but maybe I am just incapable of understanding the complex inter-workings of the systems that make up a city. I called the Transit Police, and they explained that the undercover officers were on the bus that day trying to observe what problems existed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991
A bank robber made his getaway Tuesday by boarding an RTD bus and presenting the driver with discount fare coupons, police said. Witnesses saw him leave California Federal Bank at 270 N. Vermont Ave. after the 1:20 p.m. holdup, said Los Angeles Police Detective Jimmy Grayson. "He had a large amount of discount coupons to ride the RTD buses," Grayson said. "He took an undetermined amount of cash from the bank and got on the southbound Line 204."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1993
In response to "Leaving Their Mark," March 10: Reading how obsessed they are to leave their mark, I was struck by the similarities between the taggers and dogs and cats, which have an equally unpleasant way of staking out their territory. A few years ago I was threatened with a knife when I tried to get one teen-ager to stop carving his initials in the window glass of an RTD bus. Recently, I watched in disbelief as another teen tried to paint the side of a bus. Each time the driver got out, the culprit would stop, only to resume once the driver had closed the door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1990 | From The Associated Press
A man arguing over a seat in a crowded RTD bus in downtown Los Angeles fatally shot another passenger Saturday, then ran from the bus and opened fire on two security guards before escaping, police said. The unidentified victim was shot once through the heart, and the guards were unharmed, Sgt. Steven Brock said. The violence broke out about 6 p.m. on a Rapid Transit District bus, which was carrying about 75 passengers southbound on Broadway.
NEWS
October 17, 1985
A Southern California Rapid Transit District bus carrying 62 people collided with a truck at a busy downtown intersection Wednesday, injuring 16 people, none seriously. RTD spokeswoman Usha Viswanathan said the bus was moving north on Vermont Avenue near 9th Street when a southbound truck swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle and smashed into the side of the bus. Eight people were taken to hospitals, including one passenger with a broken arm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A month ago, 17-year-old Ramon Rios bought a blue Dallas Cowboys cap and had his name stitched into the brim with white thread. On Monday night, the hat apparently sparked a conflict on an RTD bus with two other young men, one of whom declared blue the color of a rival gang, pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot and killed Rios in front of 15 terrified passengers. Rapid Transit District officials said it is believed to be the first gang-related murder on one of the system's buses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1987 | TRACY WOOD and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
Two of seven RTD bus yards spot-checked by the California Highway Patrol in recent months have failed inspections because of safety-related equipment problems. In the worst case, five of the nine buses inspected by CHP officers during a surprise check at the district's Pomona bus division were ordered off the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1991
In response to "The Man Who Loves the RTD," Column One (March 11): RTD President Nick Patsaouras has made recent visible improvements in RTD bus driver attitudes, clean bus interiors and improved schedules. Patsaouras has not addressed overcrowded, standing-room-only, rush-hour evening buses on Wilshire, Western, Vermont and other lines. He should also insist RTD bus drivers allow front seats for seniors and disabled persons. Young riders today often refuse to give up these front seats to seniors; drivers do not intervene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1986
When will something be done by the Los Angeles Police Department, such as citing RTD bus drivers who pull their vehicles across intersections downtown causing gridlock? The other evening at 5:40 p.m. my car-pooler and I sat through five light changes at Hope and 7th Streets without moving an inch, all due to the fact that each time the light turned green in our direction an RTD bus would pull across the intersection through the red light and obstruct traffic from moving in any direction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The so-called "stagecoach robbery" of an RTD bus in South-Central Los Angeles Tuesday evening was the second of its kind in five days and authorities believe both were the work of five teen-agers who stormed the buses with handguns and terrorized passengers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1992
Twelve people were injured, eight of them hospitalized, after a pickup truck collided with an RTD bus in South Los Angeles, a transit agency spokesman said Thursday. The accident occurred at 8:34 p.m. Wednesday as a pickup truck with a camper shell backed out of a driveway near 62nd Street and Vermont Avenue, directly into the path of an oncoming bus, said RTD spokesman Rick Jaeger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Discount bus fares offered since the riots have not increased ridership as expected, and the cash-strapped RTD has found no way to pay for the $7-million program, General Manager Alan F. Pegg said Thursday. In a report to the district board, Pegg and Assistant General Manager Gary S. Spivack said that although ridership figures may not show it, reduced fares are popular. On Aug. 12, the RTD for the first time took in more paper discount tickets than dollar bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1992 | CAROL WATSON
Two men wielding a knife hijacked a Rapid Transit District bus Monday, ordering the driver to let them off in Studio City, RTD officials said. RTD spokesman Greg Davy said no arrests had been made in the incident, which occurred after the men boarded the bus at 3rd and Alvarado streets at 1:30 a.m. "The men got on and immediately threatened" the driver, who was the only person on the bus that normally travels between downtown and Beverly Hills, Davy said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1992
Privately run Foothill Transit has taken over two bus lines, 486 and 488, formerly run by the Southern California Rapid Transit District, officials said Monday. Foothill Transit began servicing the lines Sunday, completing a 1988 Los Angeles Transportation Commission plan for them to take over 14 RTD lines. The two lines run from Puente Hills Mall and Glendora/West Covina to downtown Los Angeles. Foothill Transit regularly serves the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1992
Los Angeles County residents can buy discounted RTD bus tickets starting today, in a program aimed at helping residents who may have financial hardships brought on by the recent riots or the recession. The tickets, sold in books of 10 for $5, will be available at 286 pass sales locations throughout the county through Sept. 30. Patrons who pay cash as they board a bus will still be charged the standard $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Rapid Transit District bus collided with a car near the USC campus during rush hour Friday afternoon, injuring at least 38 people, one of them a 7-year-old boy who was reported in critical condition at a hospital, Los Angeles police said. "I thought an earthquake had hit us," one of the passengers, Dennis Netter, 24, said. "All the people standing in the aisle fell down. Women were screaming. Babies were crying."
NEWS
November 26, 1991
Fifteen people were injured, one critically, when a speeding car ran a stop sign and collided with an RTD bus late Monday near Harbor College in Wilmington, Los Angeles police said. Witnesses told police an unidentified motorist drove through a stop sign at Figueroa Place and L Street and struck with the Southern California Rapid Transit District bus, which was carrying passengers to the Blue Line in Long Beach. Several witnesses said the car appeared to be speeding at the time of the 4:30 p.m.
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