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January 21, 1994 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Downtown Los Angeles subway, although it sustained no visible earthquake damage, will be shut down this weekend to allow technicians evaluating the tunnels' structural integrity to complete their work, officials said Thursday. The testing is not related to any safety hazard, but the closure of the tracks will help a special investigative panel to complete its work within the next few weeks, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.
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August 30, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities sued a Metro Rail contractor for millions of dollars Tuesday, alleging it conducted shoddy and fraudulent inspections of defective welds at two subway stations in the Hollywood area and elsewhere on the subway system. At the same time, federal prosecutors disclosed that the contractor's former chief inspector had pleaded guilty to three felony charges stemming from production of counterfeit certificates for welding inspectors who were not qualified. William H.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a parking crunch caused by higher-than-expected subway ridership, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials proposed a $500,000 plan Wednesday to increase parking at the North Hollywood and Universal City stations. The plan, which involves restriping both existing lots and paving a new parking lot in North Hollywood, would add 279 parking spaces to the existing 847 at the North Hollywood station and would provide 77 new spots to complement the 330 at Universal City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a parking crunch caused by higher-than-expected subway ridership, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials proposed a $500,000 plan Wednesday to increase parking at the North Hollywood and Universal City stations. The plan, which involves restriping both existing lots and paving a new parking lot in North Hollywood, would add 279 parking spaces to the existing 847 at the North Hollywood station and would provide 77 new spots to complement the 330 at Universal City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 50,000 riders boarded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new Metro rapid bus system along Wilshire and Whittier boulevards in July, making the new express service the agency's most heavily used bus line.
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February 4, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even when the MTA tries to do the right thing, it runs into trouble. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has paid more than $52,929.52 in hotel bills for a Hollywood man who said he was displaced from his home during subway construction. His nearby key shop was damaged so badly that it was declared unsafe. When the agency wrote advising Henry Lee last week that it was cutting off the "temporary relocation expenses" it has paid for 19 months, subway critics cried foul.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even when the MTA tries to do the right thing, it runs into trouble. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has paid more than $52,929.52 in hotel bills for a Hollywood man who said he was displaced from his home during subway construction. His nearby key shop was damaged so badly that it was declared unsafe. When the agency wrote advising Henry Lee last week that it was cutting off the "temporary relocation expenses" it has paid for 19 months, subway critics cried foul.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the fourth time in six months, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday postponed its decision on whether to condemn underground easements beneath Studio City and Hollywood Hills homes for a subway tunnel through the Santa Monica Mountains after a raucous hearing marked by emotional appeals and accusations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was clear Friday that word of the Los Angeles subway's many troubles had reached the nation's capital, and the vultures were already starting to circle. Rumors abounded that competing states are poised to kill or divert the $125 million in federal transportation money currently marked for Los Angeles in this year's Department of Transportation spending bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1994 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending months of haggling with entertainment giant MCA, the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved an agreement Wednesday to link a planned subway stop with MCA's sprawling Universal Studios complex through a people-mover system. The deal ends a lobbying campaign by MCA to relocate the station from Lankershim Boulevard to a site nearer MCA'S CityWalk attraction--a move transit planners consider too expensive and time-consuming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 50,000 riders boarded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new Metro rapid bus system along Wilshire and Whittier boulevards in July, making the new express service the agency's most heavily used bus line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND
Daily ridership on the Metro Red Line subway has nearly doubled since expanding to the San Fernando Valley last week, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority statistics. The system averaged 120,516 riders per day as of Friday, up from an average of 65,150 in May. These numbers came a week after the lure of free rides drew half a million people to the gala opening weekend of new stations at Hollywood/Highland, Universal City and North Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS
Looking at the area around the new NoHo Metro Rail subway station today is a bit like looking at a seed catalog: It gives you some idea of what you'll have come spring. After suffering through a six-year winter of discontent, marked by dust, cranes and disruptive subway construction, merchants in the on-the-mend North Hollywood area are looking forward to the rites of spring. But there are varying opinions on when we'll see the thaw.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the novelty of free rides over and the weekend subway hoopla just a festive memory, the now-completed $4.7-billion Red Line faced its first test Monday morning. Would more commuters abandon their cars--and the crawl of rush hour freeways--to board a subway to work? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority estimated Monday's ridership at 100,000 boardings and said many non-rush hour trains were filled. Last month, daily boardings averaged 65,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a train operator shouted, "All aboard!" federal, state and local officials packed into a Red Line train for an inaugural trip Friday to dedicate the last leg of the Metro Rail subway to the San Fernando Valley. The sleek silver and red train sped swiftly from North Hollywood to the Universal City station carrying a proud crowd of politicians and dignitaries. In a quintessential Los Angeles media event, they were greeted by a welcoming party of Universal Studio characters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Predicting a parking crunch, officials are urging people who plan to ride the new Red Line subway this weekend to also consider taking public transportation to the station. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is predicting about 200,000 daily subway passengers on Saturday and Sunday, and with festivals and other special events planned at each of the three new stations, traffic will be heavier than usual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1994 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County transportation planners recommended Tuesday that entertainment giant MCA be given one more month to come up with funding sources for relocating a planned Red Line station closer to its CityWalk attraction. But if the company--whose executives traveled to Washington last week to brief federal lawmakers on the issue--fails to secure the necessary funds by March 10, Los Angeles County transportation officials should go ahead with the current site on Lankershim Boulevard, planners said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1994 | RICH SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that is likely to raise the cost of building Los Angeles' first subway, the City Council Tuesday told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority what it wants done to safeguard Hollywood before tunneling resumes on the Metro Rail Red Line project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council ordered transit officials Wednesday to provide 250 parking spaces at the new Universal City subway station when it opens this summer, or risk losing city funds. The ultimatum comes after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority infuriated subway neighbors by avoiding a commitment to providing enough parking to discourage subway commuters from leaving their cars on residential streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council ordered transit officials Wednesday to provide 250 parking spaces at the Universal City subway station when it opens, or risk loss of city funds. The ultimatum comes after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority infuriated subway neighbors by avoiding a commitment to provide enough parking to keep subway commuters from leaving their cars on area residential streets.
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