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April 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A tractor trailer that witnesses said didn't seem to slow down rammed into a crowded bus shelter and a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others. The truck smashed into the street-level bus shelter without warning, then "climbed the stairs" of the north stairwell, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The truck's driver was treated at a hospital and released. Police took him into custody.
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.
July 11, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
The Irvine City Council on Tuesday approved a $280-million project that planners hope will ultimately become the backbone of Orange County's first mass transit rail line. The five-mile route would use a combination of streetcars and buses to connect the Irvine Spectrum to the Irvine train station, the future Great Park and housing developments surrounding it. On Tuesday, council members voted 5 to 0 to approve the route and the concept.
May 10, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
A man believed to be a transient walked off with a suitcase containing a component of an explosive device during a Sheriff's Department training exercise Wednesday at Union Station, causing officials to close the busy downtown transit hub for 90 minutes and snarling commutes for hundreds of Amtrak, Metrolink and MTA passengers.
March 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Riot police firing tear gas and brandishing truncheons clashed with youths who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train station, French officials said. Nine people were arrested. Officials said about 100 people were involved in the melee at the Gare du Nord. Officers, some with police dogs, charged at groups of marauding youths, some of them wearing hoods and swinging metal bars.
December 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A downtown train station was closed for more than 12 hours Saturday after a small amount of what appeared to be mercury was found on a passenger platform, authorities said The Pershing Square station, which serves the Metro Red Line, was closed about 7 a.m. after officials responded to reports of a suspicious substance. Trains did not stop at the station while a hazmat team cleaned the spill. Officials are investigating how the substance got into the station, said Sgt.
January 10, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Tu Nguyen has always preferred automobiles to trains or buses. But the Yorba Linda accountant's commute won't require that he keep his eye on the road after he and his fiancee move into Fullerton's SOCO Walk development this fall. Nguyen will leave his car in the garage and walk to the nearby Metrolink station to commute to Irvine. "I've only taken public transportation a few times in my life," said Nguyen, 28.
October 19, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
County leaders agreed Tuesday to negotiate the sale of a prime, 14-acre parcel to Anaheim for a future transportation hub near Angel Stadium and the Arrowhead Pond. The city has ambitious plans for the area around the sports venues, envisioning a mix of shops, lofts and office towers. In all, 9,000 condominiums and apartments and 7 million square feet of office and retail space are planned.
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.
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