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June 9, 1996
"Congressional Report Questions MTA Bonuses" (May 30) omits some important facts and fails to emphasize that our rail construction safety program has improved dramatically. During construction of the Red Line's first segment, our accident rate was considered too high. On segment two, with the Federal Transit Administration's blessing, we started a cash-incentive program to motivate contractors to make safety the top priority. The proof is in the numbers: In segment one, we experienced 2,667 workers' compensation claims; in segment two, which covers almost twice the amount of tunnel construction work so far, the claims have only reached 1,191--a more than 50% drop.
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December 17, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON and JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking to protect a multimillion-dollar federal investment, U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena told Los Angeles MTA board members Monday that they must adopt a "code of conduct" to end their meddling in day-to-day operations and quickly complete a plan for building the subway. Yet even as the unusual private meeting in Washington took place, turmoil continued at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles with the surprise resignation of the agency's construction chief.
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December 17, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON and JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking to protect a multimillion-dollar federal investment, U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena told Los Angeles MTA board members Monday that they must adopt a "code of conduct" to end their meddling in day-to-day operations and quickly complete a plan for building the subway. Yet even as the unusual private meeting in Washington took place, turmoil continued at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles with the surprise resignation of the agency's construction chief.
OPINION
June 9, 1996
"Congressional Report Questions MTA Bonuses" (May 30) omits some important facts and fails to emphasize that our rail construction safety program has improved dramatically. During construction of the Red Line's first segment, our accident rate was considered too high. On segment two, with the Federal Transit Administration's blessing, we started a cash-incentive program to motivate contractors to make safety the top priority. The proof is in the numbers: In segment one, we experienced 2,667 workers' compensation claims; in segment two, which covers almost twice the amount of tunnel construction work so far, the claims have only reached 1,191--a more than 50% drop.
NEWS
June 21, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The low-cost mortgage loans and real estate deals it handed out to its favored senior officials have turned out to be among the most costly financial misadventures of a public agency that has often conducted itself like the "Bank of MTA." The county's transportation agency has suffered losses of more than $660,000 after a handful of its top officials defaulted on properties or sold them at less than they cost because of the steep slide in real estate values.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1996
In The Times Valley Edition on Feb. 25, John Diaz of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy expressed his concerns about environmental impacts of the Metro Rail subway tunnels now under construction between Universal City and Hollywood ("MTA Approach to Subway Plan Disturbing"). He neglected to mention that the conservancy did not participate in the environmental process as it went forward between 1986 and 1989, when the Environmental Impact Review was certified. The EIR is valid and meets all federal requirements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1996 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With evident relief, a county transit official announced Thursday that a giant subway tunnel digging machine that had become stuck deep in a tricky section of Santa Monica Mountains shale since July 4 has finally been freed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1996 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A nightclub owner Tuesday blamed subway tunneling by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for sinking her longtime business. Isabel Lopez, who has owned El Sombrero nightclub on Lankershim Boulevard for 20 years, said nearby underground drilling has sunk the floor of her club as much as five inches over the past few days, causing cracks in the ceilings and walls and prompting the city to close the business. MTA officials say they are unsure what caused the damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 24-year veteran of the Army Corps of Engineers who advised the government on how to blow up heavily fortified military targets was named Thursday to supervise the building of Los Angeles' troubled subway. Col. Stanley G. Phernambucq, a 46-year-old Southern California native, will take over as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $131,000-a-year chief construction officer in July, more than nine months after the previous construction chief was ousted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1995
Following your recent articles criticizing the MTA's safety incentive award program for contractors (Sept. 17 and 21), I want to re-emphasize that our program creates a safer environment for construction workers. The safety incentive program has contributed to a lost-time accident rate that is well below the national average for large construction projects. Critics, and it is apparent the rail construction program has many, may debate whether one form of safety incentive will yield better results than another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1997 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nine-month battle at the MTA over hiring a business team to manage subway tunneling on the Eastside sweeps into new territory today, as board members are expected to fix bayonets during an unprecedented hearing into whether one of the bidders was treated unfairly. Then they are scheduled to finally vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996 | JON MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee on Thursday voted to give a subway contract on the Eastside to a business team ranked first by a panel of experts, rejecting the controversial recommendation of the agency's chief executive that the job go to a team that the experts ranked last.
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