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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2008 | Steve Hymon
In an effort to stop fare beating, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to install turnstiles at subway stops and some light rail stations. MTA trains operate on an honor system in which passengers are required to buy tickets but only have to show them if asked. Agency officials estimate that about 5% of all passengers aren't buying tickets and that the new gates could save the MTA as much as $7 million a year. The gating system will be installed over the next two years.
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WORLD
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - At least 28 people died and more than 113 were injured Saturday when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station in southern China and apparently attacked people at random, state-run media reported. President Xi Jinping vowed swift action to punish those responsible for the bloody attack and "suppress terrorists' rampant momentum," the official New China News Agency reported. The agency said separatists from the far western region of Xinjiang were behind the highly unusual and terrifying attack in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roberta Cote abandoned her car for Amtrak to ease the pain of the 60-mile commute from her home in Encinitas to her job at John Wayne Airport. Comfortable and reliable, the train whisks her where she needs to go: to her other car, the one with the faded paint, leaky window and seats that look like a tiger mauled them. "I call it my Fred Flintstone car," Cote said of the decade-old Saturn she keeps parked at the Irvine train station--her garage away from home. "It had been in a wreck.
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to a railway station in Volgograd, an industrial city in southern Russia, killing at least 15 people and injuring 43, officials said, in an attack that sent jitters through the country as the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach. No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's deadly bombing, one of several to hit southern Russian in recent months. Volgograd is close to the troubled Caucasus region, where Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent Russia from staging the Olympics, which he called "satanic games held on the bones of our ancestors.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way. Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter's trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials. When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Soon it will sprout from an industrial patch between Anaheim's sports stadiums, a massive 67,000-square-foot structure with white steel ribbons arching high into the sky and a state-of-the-art transparent material that will let the Southern California sun gleam into what has been billed as the upcoming transportation hub of Orange County. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center - known simply as ARTIC among transportation planners - will look like an iceberg beside the 57 Freeway by the time it's estimated to be finished in 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Law enforcement and transit officials shut down four downtown San Francisco train stations and closed a swath of busy Market Street during the height of the evening commute Monday in response to a noisy protest. Market Street was choked with hundreds of pedestrians struggling to get home, stopping at each successive Bay Area Rapid Transit station entrance only to be turned away. Helicopters lumbered overhead and police in riot gear followed protesters east toward the San Francisco Bay. The stations were closed for about two hours during a demonstration against alleged BART police brutality and a decision by agency officials last week to cut underground cellphone service in an effort to quell an earlier protest.
TRAVEL
May 11, 2008
Paris: An April 27 article on money-saving approaches to visiting the City of Light said that arriving passengers at Charles de Gaulle International Airport must take a shuttle bus to reach the RER train into central Paris. A new, automated, electric light-rail line began operating in April 2007 at the Paris airport. The free system operates 24/7 and links all three terminals, the RER and TGV train stations and long-term parking lots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1991
Imagine if the planned 402-mile network of Metrolink commuter rail service in Southern California was fareless, as "rail freeways." (As in car freeways, funding could be from indirect sources, such as proceeds from retail and parking revenue at train stations.) People would then have a powerful motive to use rail to travel within our urban region, using a private car, taxi, bus, or streetcar to reach their nearest train station. Freeway traffic may be cut significantly. SigAlerts may become only a memory.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2005
I read Michael Stoops' advice on beggars' right to ask for money ["Close Encounters With Acute Poverty," Her World, Sept. 25] with some horror. It's very well-meaning advice for the United States but dangerous to beggars in India. According to my colleagues in Mumbai (Bombay), New Delhi and Calcutta, it's very helpful to buy packages of protein biscuits and oranges or bananas to distribute to beggars who will inevitably approach you in train stations and in the street. Many children, especially, have no other means to survive and little or no access to education.
OPINION
December 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The new pilot program at Union Station that forbids people who are not holding train tickets to sit in the waiting room seats is another sad reminder of the city's desperate homelessness problem - and of how difficult it is to balance the rights of Los Angeles' most vulnerable citizens with the rights of others to go about their business safely and without fear or harassment. The pilot program was instituted this month by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority because, MTA officials say, about 135 homeless people a night were descending on the station, intimidating travelers with aggressive panhandling, taking over the bathrooms and sprawling across seats.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday promised two investigations of the deadly train derailment in northwestern Spain, with suspicion focusing on excessive speed as the cause of the disaster that has left at least 80 people dead, including an American, and scores more injured. "We have lived through a terrible accident … which I fear will remain in our memory for a long time," a somber Rajoy told reporters after visiting the site of Wednesday's derailment near the Christian pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A federal jury awarded more than $200,000 on Friday to a man who accused Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies of illegally detaining him and using excessive force during a 2009 encounter that left him with a fractured rib, the man's lawyer said. James Spinks, then 60, was injured when a deputy repeatedly kneed him in the side after knocking him to the platform floor at the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook train station, attorney Thomas E. Beck said. Witnesses loudly complained that deputies were beating an "old man," and one captured the encounter on a cellphone camera, Beck said.
WORLD
July 13, 2013 | By Devorah Lauter
PARIS - The French train accident Friday that resulted in at least six deaths appears to have been caused by a problem with a steel clip on a switch that enables trains to change tracks, according to the national rail company, SNCF. The clip, located on a switch about 200 yards from the train station, "broke away, became detached and came out of its housing," said Pierre Izard, SNCF's general manager for infrastructure. That probably led to the derailing of an intercity train departing from Paris, headed to Limoges, outside the Bretigny-sur-Orge station 12 miles south of the capital.
AUTOS
June 1, 2013 | By Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times
For years I contemplated selling my car and riding a bicycle to work. I would ride to the Tustin train station four miles from my Irvine home on a bike path that would put me just half a mile from the station. From there I would take the Metrolink train to work in downtown Los Angeles. But the few times I tried riding my road bike, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Getting there was easy - all downhill - but coming home was sheer agony, grinding up hills after a long workday.
OPINION
May 1, 2013 | By Mark Ridley-Thomas
Two years ago, every one of the elected officials representing South Los Angeles - members of the City Council, the Legislature and Congress - joined in an unprecedented show of unity to call for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line to include a stop in Leimert Park Village. Hundreds of residents packed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hearing room and urged the board to include this historic stop in what is the heart of the African American community and, increasingly, an important residential and business center for Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Metrolink's 2001 Holiday Toy Express train, decorated with more than 30,000 lights, garlands and holiday displays, can be seen at Ventura County train stations Dec. 16. Now in its fifth year, the holiday program offers a 20-minute musical written and directed by a Metrolink staff member and performed by volunteers, including a 50-member high school band. This year's production finds Santa Claus on a journey back in time to the Cretaceous Period. Admission is free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect who attained international prominence turning old buildings into modern museums, including Paris' Musee d'Orsay and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco , died Wednesday at her home in Milan. She was 84. Her family told Italian media that she had been ill for some time. One of the few women working in postwar Italian design, Aulenti began her career designing furniture, lamps and other accessories. One of her most famous pieces is the Tavolo con Ruote (Table With Wheels)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Soon it will sprout from an industrial patch between Anaheim's sports stadiums, a massive 67,000-square-foot structure with white steel ribbons arching high into the sky and a state-of-the-art transparent material that will let the Southern California sun gleam into what has been billed as the upcoming transportation hub of Orange County. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center - known simply as ARTIC among transportation planners - will look like an iceberg beside the 57 Freeway by the time it's estimated to be finished in 2014.
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