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November 13, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County transit officials said Thursday that they are working toward opening the Metro Red Line subway Jan. 11 after expressing confidence that they have sorted out problems with the train system's supplemental brakes. Announcement of the tentative start date, which is two months ahead of schedule, leaves only one major issue to be resolved--which police agency will patrol the subway.
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February 23, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 29-year-old transit police officer was killed Sunday by an allegedly drunk driver who ran a red light and smashed into an RTD patrol car, authorities said Monday. The death of Edward Reed marked the first fatality in the line of duty in the 14-year history of the Southern California Rapid Transit District police. Alfredo Martinez, 21, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Reed's death. Bail for Martinez, who remained in jail Monday, was set at $1 million. At 1:23 a.m.
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December 17, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
RTD officials accused the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission Wednesday of improperly meeting with the RTD transit police union in an effort to intimidate the officers into withdrawing their bid to police the Red Line. Several transit police at the meeting with commission staff said they felt their jobs would be threatened if they didn't retreat from the contract to patrol the subway. "It wasn't veiled. They brought it up front: 'Leave the Red Line alone,' " said Sgt.
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February 17, 1993
Three RTD police officers who had just gotten off the most heavily used--and crime-ridden--bus line in Southern California were fired on by a carload of youths driving along Vermont Avenue on Tuesday. RTD Police Chief Sharon Papa said the drive-by shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. as the officers were being interviewed on the street by television reporters from KCBS Channel 2. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at 46th Street and Vermont Avenue, Papa said.
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October 25, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three hours of contentious debate, a sharply divided Southern California Rapid Transit District board passed a compromise plan Thursday that would allow sheriff's deputies to provide security on the Metro Rail Blue Line for another year while the Transit Police gear up to take over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a $65-million budget shortfall that has forced the district to lay off drivers and cut service on its busiest lines, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board voted unanimously Thursday to increase the size of its transit police force by 66%, to 330 officers. District staff members also said they have reached a tentative agreement with the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission over the auditing of federal money for the first leg of the Metro Red Line subway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four weeks before the city's first subway opens, transit officials have not decided who will patrol the stations and trains--a factor that experts say could influence whether passengers choose to use the Red Line. Transit officials recommended Wednesday that the Los Angeles Police Department patrol the 4.4 miles of the Red Line for one year, at a cost of up to $6 million--$4 million more that the transit police said it would cost to do the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 29-year-old transit police officer was killed Sunday by an allegedly drunk driver who ran a red light and smashed into an RTD patrol car, authorities said Monday. The death of Edward Reed marked the first fatality in the line of duty in the 14-year history of the Southern California Rapid Transit District police. Alfredo Martinez, 21, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Reed's death. Bail for Martinez, who remained in jail Monday, was set at $1 million. At 1:23 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1993
Three RTD police officers who had just gotten off the most heavily used--and crime-ridden--bus line in Southern California were fired on by a carload of youths driving along Vermont Avenue on Tuesday. RTD Police Chief Sharon Papa said the drive-by shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. as the officers were being interviewed on the street by television reporters from KCBS Channel 2. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at 46th Street and Vermont Avenue, Papa said.
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August 18, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Passengers on the crowded bus looked up uneasily as uniformed Officer Mike Limon boarded and began walking slowly down the aisle. While his partner spoke with the driver, Limon carefully surveyed the bus, looking for any signs of illegal activity: drug dealing, vandalism, drinking. But all was quiet. The officers stepped off the bus and the driver was on his way again, zipping down Van Nuys Boulevard. The officers continued their journey through Van Nuys on foot.
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December 18, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Transportation officials on Thursday selected the RTD transit police to patrol the Red Line subway, passing up an LAPD bid that would have cost $4 million more. Several transit officials said they were reluctant to add to an existing imbalance in the amount of money spent on security for bus passengers and rail riders. Currently, the Rapid Transit District spends 3 cents per bus passenger and $1.25 per rail passenger on security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
RTD officials accused the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission Wednesday of improperly meeting with the RTD transit police union in an effort to intimidate the officers into withdrawing their bid to police the Red Line. Several transit police at the meeting with commission staff said they felt their jobs would be threatened if they didn't retreat from the contract to patrol the subway. "It wasn't veiled. They brought it up front: 'Leave the Red Line alone,' " said Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four weeks before the city's first subway opens, transit officials have not decided who will patrol the stations and trains--a factor that experts say could influence whether passengers choose to use the Red Line. Transit officials recommended Wednesday that the Los Angeles Police Department patrol the 4.4 miles of the Red Line for one year, at a cost of up to $6 million--$4 million more that the transit police said it would cost to do the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County transit officials said Thursday that they are working toward opening the Metro Red Line subway Jan. 11 after expressing confidence that they have sorted out problems with the train system's supplemental brakes. Announcement of the tentative start date, which is two months ahead of schedule, leaves only one major issue to be resolved--which police agency will patrol the subway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a $65-million budget shortfall that has forced the district to lay off drivers and cut service on its busiest lines, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board voted unanimously Thursday to increase the size of its transit police force by 66%, to 330 officers. District staff members also said they have reached a tentative agreement with the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission over the auditing of federal money for the first leg of the Metro Red Line subway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1991
RTD police have announced that they will increase the visibility of uniformed officers along the downtown Broadway corridor in Los Angeles during the holiday shopping season. As part of that effort, the transit police have opened their first downtown substation, at 3rd Street and Broadway in the Million Dollar Building. The RTD force, established in 1978, now comprises 198 officers. RTD Police Chief Sharon K.
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
November 1, 1991
Undercover transit cops tricked a couple of high schoolers Thursday who were treating themselves to a little graffiti party in a bus in North Hollywood. "We had received complaints about students writing graffiti on their way to school, and so, in the spirit of the holiday, one of our officers disguised himself with a 'Joker' mask," said Police Sgt. Shari Barberic of the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
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November 22, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After praising their own transit police as a "very fine, very excellent" agency, Southern California Rapid Transit District directors Thursday withdrew their plan to let transit police patrol the Blue Line, opting instead to rehire the Sheriff's Department for two more years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1991
Undercover transit cops tricked a couple of high schoolers Thursday who were treating themselves to a little graffiti party in a bus in North Hollywood. "We had received complaints about students writing graffiti on their way to school, and so, in the spirit of the holiday, one of our officers disguised himself with a 'Joker' mask," said Police Sgt. Shari Barberic of the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
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