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February 8, 1998
The only ways a semi-independent Valley transit zone ("Separate Agency for Valley Transit Discussed," Jan. 30) could cut costs are, first, to use smaller, older, rickety buses, and second, to cut drivers' wages in half. Farfetched? No. Look at the city Department of Transportation DASH buses and the Foothill Transit District. Once more, the Valley goes second class. RICK ROFMAN Van Nuys
February 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Four key executives are leaving the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after their jobs were eliminated to make the agency more efficient and less top-heavy, officials said Friday. Employees expressed surprise that leaders of some of the agency's most important departments, including finance and real estate, would leave during a year that they had helped make possible. Metro will be managing an unprecedented $14 billion in Los Angeles County construction projects this year, including five new rail lines.
March 23, 1992
Re the LACTC financial debacle: That is what happens when they send a bureaucrat to do a businessman's job. GORDY GRUNDY, Los Angeles
February 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
At least three key executives are expected to leave or have already left the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after their jobs were eliminated to make the agency less top-heavy, Metro confirmed on Friday.  An ongoing restructuring process will reduce by half the number of Metro employees who report directly to Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not...
December 26, 1996
Bus fares translated into dinner for more than 1,000 impoverished San Gabriel Valley families this holiday season. Foothill Transit offered a free ride to customers who brought at least one canned food item when boarding the agency's buses last week. The more than 5,500 cans collected from boxes installed in buses went to the Salvation Army in Pomona and the Foothill Unity Center in Monrovia.
July 10, 1994 | Associated Press
NJ Transit has earmarked more than $23 million to give older people and disabled residents better access to state transit systems. The state transit agency in June renewed a $20-million program that helps counties purchase equipment to make buses and trains more accessible. It will also purchase 66 lift-equipped buses and minibuses for $3 million.
May 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The nation's largest public transit system filed notice that it will appeal a judge's order to rescind a fare hike for subways, buses and commuter trains. The Metropolitan Transit Authority claims the filing halts the rollback, at least for now. But a lawyer for a commuter group that sued to stop the fare increases disputed that the agency was entitled to a stay. Thomas Shanahan said he will argue that only city agencies get an automatic stay when they appeal. The MTA is a state agency.
February 12, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama issued an executive order Tuesday that seeks to shore up the nation's cyber-defenses by improving how classified information is shared between the government and the owners and operators of crucial infrastructure, including electric utilities, dams and mass transit. The long-expected order, which Obama announced in his State of the Union speech, is a stopgap measure that follows Congress' failure last year to pass legislation to create comprehensive standards for the private sector to help thwart digital attacks.
December 10, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
When Sheyenne Reyes was growing up in Riverside she could always find a seat on the public bus. Reyes is 21 now, and while waiting for the Route 1 line to take her to work last week, the college student lamented that these days the bus often "gets too crowded to the point where some people have to stand up - they stumble a little bit" as the bus rushes from one stop to another. Standing nearby with his wife and infant daughter, 24-year-old Trayvor Chandlis said that he's looking for work and that his family rides the bus because of high gas prices.
October 9, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A controversial ad in the D.C. subway system has drawn an unusual form of protest: yellow Post-it notes. The ad, which reads, "In any war between a civilized man and a savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," has been assailed as offensive and inflammatory. Debbie Polhemus, a public high school teacher, didn't like it either. So she struck back by putting up about 100 Post-it notes over one of the ads.  On the notes she wrote messages such as "Choose Tolerance" and "If you see something hateful, say something peaceful.
September 25, 2012
From the ambulance-chaser sign on the back to the wrap across the side touting Hollywood's latest, a Los Angeles County bus sometimes resembles a billboard on wheels more than a transit alternative. But those ads are serious business, pumping more than $20 million a year into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's budget at no cost to riders or taxpayers. So when it comes time to pick a billboard company to manage all that advertising, the choice matters. That time has arrived, and unfortunately so has a nasty dispute between the current contractor, CBS Outdoor, and a rival outdoor media company called Titan.
September 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency has reiterated its support for CBS' bid to renew its contract to sell advertising on county buses and trains. In a report to the MTA board of directors released Monday that will be officially presented Thursday, the staff favored CBS Outdoor over Titan, a rival outdoor advertising company that also sought the rights. This is the second time the MTA staff has backed CBS. In July, it approved CBS' bid of $110 million for a five-year contract.
May 25, 2012 | Ari Bloomekatz
Despite vociferous objections and legal threats, Los Angeles County transportation officials Thursday approved a plan to tunnel beneath Beverly Hills High School as part of a long-awaited Westside subway extension from downtown to the Westwood area. The $5.6-billion rail project will add nine miles of service west from the existing station at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue to the Veterans Administration hospital near the UCLA campus. The subway will mostly follow Wilshire Boulevard before veering southwest near Beverly Hills High to reach Century City.
March 19, 2012 | By Richard Simon
Perhaps it was the multiple bags of $500 in coins used to buy lottery tickets that tipped authorities off to the theft.  Two former Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees pleaded guilty Monday to stealing at least $445,000 from subway fare machines in Virginia, Maryland and Washington. John Vincent Haile, 52, a former transit officer from Virginia, and Horace Dexter McDade, 58, a Maryland resident who worked as a revenue collection technician for the transit agency, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and conspiring to commit money laundering, according to the U.S. attorney's office.  The men face a maximum penalty of 10 years on the theft charges and 20 years on the conspiracy charges when they are sentenced June 15. They were arrested in January after authorities observed them hiding and later retrieving bags of change from beneath an overpass.
March 1, 2012 | By Richard Simon
A Virginia congressman is seeking the removal of a subway station ad that tells President Obama to "go to hell. "   The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says the ad for a movie critical of the Obama-backed healthcare overhaul  is protected by the 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech. But Democratic Rep. Jim Moran says the ad is disrespectful of the president. The ad for the movie "Sick and Sicker," produced by Logan Darrow Clements, says: "Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America's entire medical system.
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