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April 12, 2000 | GREG RISLING
An agency working toward improving public transit in the San Fernando Valley held its first meeting this week and elected its governing board. The San Fernando Valley Transportation Zone Interim Joint Powers Agency was formed after many months of public discussions about alleviating traffic congestion in the Valley.
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August 18, 2001
With a goal to spruce up the scenery for drivers coming and going on San Fernando Valley freeways, part of the Valley Gateways Project was unveiled Friday at the Roscoe Boulevard on- and offramps of the San Diego Freeway. Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley have teamed up for the $250,000 beautification project that will landscape major freeway on- and offramps in the area.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993
Prompted by a rash of Metrolink fatalities in the San Fernando Valley, county transportation officials are scheduled Wednesday to consider a proposal to install two miles of wrought-iron fencing along tracks in Sylmar, San Fernando and Pacoima.
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August 12, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The northeast San Fernando Valley used to be the place where the urban momentum of Los Angeles petered out, giving way to ranches, horse trails and foothills. But with an 11.5% jump in population during the 1990s, much of the area has increased in density, a place where a growing working class relies heavily on a thin public transit system. Experts say the northeast Valley is one of the toughest challenges facing Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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December 15, 1991 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Southern California Rapid Transit District will conduct a study on restructuring public transportation in the San Fernando Valley in order to improve bus service and attract new riders, officials said Saturday. Nikolas Patsaouras, director of the RTD, called the upcoming study a "white paper that will look at the total restructure of the whole bus system," as well as examine other alternative transportation methods, such as light rail, commuter rail and electric trolley.
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April 22, 2001
Synchronizing traffic lights on San Fernando Road may sound like a small thing. So small, in fact, that it should have been done years ago. But it wasn't, and the reason it wasn't is an object lesson in transportation planning in the Southland. The busy industrial corridor runs through four cities--Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank and San Fernando. Each has synchronized the lights on its portion of the road.
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December 5, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans for a separate San Fernando Valley bus district were revived Monday after officials heard a consultant's report that indicated spinning off a new transit agency from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would be workable. The concept of a Valley bus district almost died after state legislation signed in September made it more difficult to achieve.
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September 21, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Without the hostility that marked discussions earlier this week, the City Council approved a street repair plan Friday that includes Central and East Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando Valley. The council, whose members argued heatedly Wednesday about a proposed repair schedule that focused on the Valley, voted unanimously in favor of the broader project to remove and pave over old railroad crossings.
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September 1, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bill that would keep transit workers' wages and benefits intact--but could also kill a proposed separate San Fernando Valley transportation district--cleared a final state Senate vote Thursday and is now headed to Gov. Gray Davis. Davis vetoed a nearly identical bill last year, angering labor unions who backed the legislation to protect workers at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from possible competition. The Senate bill, SB 1101, by state Sen.
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February 16, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of San Fernando Valley civic leaders has organized a new lobbying group to pressure Sacramento to come through with $500 million in transportation improvements promised by Gov. Gray Davis and other agencies for the Valley. The new group is co-chaired by David Fleming, who heads the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz, who heads a transportation committee for the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
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July 17, 2001
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold a special workshop to brief its board members on a preliminary environmental impact report for the San Fernando Valley east-west busway project, agency officials said Monday. The session, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the third floor board room of MTA headquarters, One Gateway Plaza downtown, agency officials said. Public comment will be included. The board will not take formal action on the report until July 26.
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June 27, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley business group Tuesday endorsed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's plan to build a 14-mile east-west busway that would cut through Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. said in a statement that the route "should maximize ridership and minimize travel times" along the corridor of Burbank and Chandler boulevards. The busway would link the Metro Red Line station in Universal City to Warner Center in Woodland Hills.
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April 22, 2001
Synchronizing traffic lights on San Fernando Road may sound like a small thing. So small, in fact, that it should have been done years ago. But it wasn't, and the reason it wasn't is an object lesson in transportation planning in the Southland. The busy industrial corridor runs through four cities--Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank and San Fernando. Each has synchronized the lights on its portion of the road.
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March 21, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen new Metro Rapid bus stops with umbrella canopies and computerized 19-foot billboards were unveiled Tuesday along Ventura Boulevard. Mayor Richard Riordan cut the ribbon as a red-and-white 50-passenger bus, designed for speed and efficiency, pulled up to the curb at Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards. Computerized red letters announced "Next Bus Arriving--Metro Rapid Bus." "It's an important day," said Rex Gephart, project manager for Metro Rapid.
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March 4, 2001 | DAVID FLEMING and RICHARD KATZ, David Fleming, chairman of the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz are co-chairmen of the San Fernando Valley Transportation Strike Force
Most of us picture footage of Mel Gibson or Jean-Claude Van Damme parachuting to the rescue when we hear the title "Strike Force." And while the transportation problems of the San Fernando Valley are of near epic proportions, it's going to take something a lot more realistic than a Hollywood ending to solve them. Enter the San Fernando Valley Transportation Strike Force.
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February 21, 2001 | JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of cities in northwestern Los Angeles County has secured $6 million to study ways to ease congestion on a 40-mile stretch of the Ventura and Hollywood freeways, officials said Tuesday. The three-year study will seek to determine a solution to the route's gridlock, enhance safety, improve air quality and find means of funding renovations, said Betty De Santis, president of the Las Virgenes/Malibu Council of Governments. The group is a unit of the Southern California Assn.
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August 12, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The northeast San Fernando Valley used to be the place where the urban momentum of Los Angeles petered out, giving way to ranches, horse trails and foothills. But with an 11.5% jump in population during the 1990s, much of the area has increased in density, a place where a growing working class relies heavily on a thin public transit system. Experts say the northeast Valley is one of the toughest challenges facing Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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December 7, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly three years, a debate has been raging in the San Fernando Valley that has split residents and elected officials into warring factions: whether to build a mostly underground east-west rail line across the Valley or an elevated line over the Ventura Freeway. Homeowners formed four lobbying groups, each of which spent thousands of dollars to oppose the rail project that would most affect their neighborhood while supporting the rival line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of San Fernando Valley civic leaders has organized a new lobbying group to pressure Sacramento to come through with $500 million in transportation improvements promised by Gov. Gray Davis and other agencies for the Valley. The new group is co-chaired by David Fleming, who heads the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz, who heads a transportation committee for the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
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December 13, 2000 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to grant a one-year extension to a joint-powers authority that is considering the creation of a separate bus system for the San Fernando Valley. The council action also seeks approval of $300,000 from the Southern California Assn. of Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for consultants and attorneys who will help the joint-powers group negotiate with the MTA for transfer of its bus operations to a new Valley Transit Zone.
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