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February 5, 2006
Re "Border Tunnel Is Called 'Amazing,' " Jan. 27 It seems to me that the drug cartels are doing such a sophisticated job of digging tunnels into the U.S. from Mexico that they ought to be offered a contract to build subways under Los Angeles. GERSTEN SCHACHNE Northridge
April 16, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday. The Tribune Co. property, a parking lot in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, is the site of a future station along a $1.4-billion subway aimed at closing one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's growing rail network.
October 28, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- New York City's vast subway, bus and regional rail systems will be closed Sunday night in anticipation of dangerous winds and flooding from Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to begin slamming the area overnight.  “In a situation like this, you prepare for the worst and you hope for the best,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the closures, said at a news briefing.  The closure, set to start at 7 p.m. Sunday, marks...
April 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
After a spate of bad publicity over the use of an ingredient also used in the making of yoga mats, Subway confirmed that the chemical will be removed from all of its breads in a week. The sandwich chain earlier this year drew criticism after a food blogger launched a petition urging the company to remove azodicarbonamide, an ingredient used as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. A spokeswoman confirmed an Associated Press report in which Subway's chief marketing officer Tony Pace said the chain will have phased out the ingredient from its bread in the next week.  Azodicarbonamide is found widely in other products, including foods served at McDonald's and Burger King.
January 31, 1993 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Today marks the opening of the first 4.4-mile segment of the Metro Red Line, which runs from Union Station to MacArthur Park. Here is a look at some of the project's problems and milestones during the past two decades: 1973: Councilman Tom Bradley, in his bid for mayor, promises voters a transit system. 1974: Proposition 5, allowing use of highway funds for public transit, is enacted by voters. 1975: State, local and federal officials begin planning the first segment of Metro Rail.
May 7, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Déjà vu 90210. The scariest movie in town isn't at the Cineplex,  it's the one that has been crafted at the behest of some parents of Beverly Hills High School students who don't want the Metro subway to go under their kids' school. There have been movies featuring that school before, notably “It's a Wonderful Life” and “Clueless.” But this video runs to 5 minutes and change, and was produced with intercut images of happy schoolkids, green lawns, lovely building, and dire predictions of disaster, up to and including fireballs.
July 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Robert Kiley, the New Yorker hired to turn around London's struggling subway, was fired from the system's governing body Tuesday for opposing government plans to partly privatize the network. Transportation Secretary Stephen Byers said Kiley had been removed as chairman and board member of the London Regional Transport, which oversees the London Underground.
December 21, 2007 | Steve Hymon
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he remained hopeful that construction of the subway-to-the-sea could begin by 2011 now that a federal ban on funding for the project is about to be lifted. The repeal was included in a $516-billion appropriation that was sent Wednesday to the White House. President Bush is expected to sign the bill, which also includes money for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
December 24, 1991 | Associated Press
Two firebombs exploded on subway trains in north London on Monday, and a search for other incendiary devices closed the system for more than three hours, a week after an IRA railway blast severely disrupted commuter travel. No injuries were reported from the two explosions or a third pocket-sized bomb found smoldering in a subway car.
The state's workplace protection agency said Monday that it has cited a Metro Rail subway construction firm for three serious violations of California tunnel safety rules that endangered the lives of underground workers in Studio City.
April 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A judge who sided with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week in a drawn-out battle over the seismic and environmental effects of the planned Westside subway "did not consider the facts," the superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District told The Times on Thursday.  On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio ruled that Metro followed environmental law when assessing the possible risks of...
April 3, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when they chose a route that would require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision.
April 2, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when choosing a route that will require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision. The Beverly Hills School District and the city of Beverly Hills, which sued Metro two years ago claiming in part that risks of tunneling under the school were not adequately considered, can appeal the decision.
March 30, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
In the name of civic progress, the Crenshaw corridor has lost a lot of trees. First, to clear the way for the space shuttle Endeavour's trek to the California Science Center, 71 mature magnolias and pines were chopped down in 2012 along an almost two-mile stretch in South Los Angeles. Now, with the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX subway line, residents are bracing for more. About 175 trees - a third of those remaining - are expected to be cut down along Crenshaw Boulevard during the light-rail project, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
March 28, 2014 | By Martha Groves and Laura J. Nelson
No tunnel has yet been bored. No station has been built. Not a single track has been laid. But even the most preliminary work on the long-awaited Westside subway appears to be rousing the latent forces of Not in My Back Yard. In Windsor Village, a homeowner who lives next to a construction staging area awoke at 3 a.m. one morning to the yells of workers and the beep-beep-beep of backing trucks. Now his breakfast room looks out on a 2 1/2-story sound wall hastily erected to contain the noise.
March 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The driver of a Chicago subway train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport told authorities that she fell asleep before the train entered the station, derailed and raced up an escalator, the NTSB announced Wednesday. She didn't wake up until the Blue Line train had nearly reached the bumper at the station, NTSB investigator-in-charge Ted Turpin said during a televised news conference Wednesday morning. The eight-car train eventually smashed into the bumper, apparently launching the train onto the platform.
A subway worker fell 50 feet to his death in Universal City early Friday, raising new questions about job safety on Metro Rail's construction program, the region's biggest public works project. The 33-year-old carpenter worked for Tutor-Saliba-Perini, the same contractor fined for violating job safety laws after one of its laborers was crushed by a half-ton bucket in Hollywood earlier this year. The two deaths were the first in the $6.1-billion subway project's 10-year history.
March 17, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A San Joaquin County community college student arrested near the Canadian border for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to fight with al Qaeda had boasted of a plot to bomb the subway in Los Angeles, according to a federal affidavit. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, near Lodi, Calif., was arrested early Monday as the bus he was on neared the U.S.-Canadian border in Blaine, Wash. He was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Winton
A 20-year-old student at a California community college, who authorities said had discussed an attack on the Los Angeles subway, has been arrested on a federal terrorism charge while trying to enter Canada for an eventual trip to the Mideast, where he planned to help a group wage holy war, officials said Monday. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was arrested at the border crossing in Blaine, Wash. He was planning to eventually join a terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to Benjamin B. Wagner, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, which includes Sacramento.
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