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December 28, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Imagine getting on a bus without having to fumble for exact change or wait behind somebody trying to stuff crumpled dollar bills into the fare box. Consider transferring from the subway onto a bus operated by the city of Long Beach or another municipal transit agency using the same prepaid pass. For Wally Shidler, the fantasy has begun: He simply taps his new transit "smart card" every time he boards the Blue Line or gets on a Metro bus.
April 29, 1985
Nearly 1.7 million passengers ride the bus every day in Los Angeles. Most passengers go to and from work or school without incident, but something under 1,000 of them a year--by the count of transit officials--become victims of crime, a problem on most big-city public transit systems. Petty thieves lift wallets and steal from purses in the back of some buses and at some crowded bus stops.
May 23, 1989
Thirty new methanol-powered buses will be added to the RTD fleet in Los Angeles this summer, doubling the number of such vehicles in use in the nation, transit officials said Monday. "RTD is proud to be a leader in the field of testing alternative fuels as a viable way of improving air quality," said Southern California Rapid Transit District Board President Gordana Swanson. The first of the new $164,000, 40-foot coaches was unveiled Monday, along with an identifying logo--a white cross within a circle to denote good health.
January 24, 1991
The self-serving bookkeeping by local transit officials has gone unnoticed by your reporter ("Blue Line Ridership, Safety Praised After Initial 6 Months," Metro, Jan. 17). He has bought the idea that ridership is "three times the number expected." When local planners first tried to sell the Los Angeles-Long Beach light rail line, they promised 35,000 daily boardings for the first year of operations with eventual patronage of 54,500. It was pure PR (facilitated by cheerleading news media)
June 13, 1989
All 67 Orange County Transit District buses recalled on May 4 for repair of cracked suspensions were back in service as of Monday, with transit officials planning to fine the manufacturer $145,700. OCTD spokeswoman Joanne Curran said the buses were phased back into service gradually rather than all at once, with most back in service last week. "There was no loss of service, and we anticipate no loss in revenue to the district," said Curran. However, she said, OCTD maintenance crews worked an undetermined amount of overtime to keep other buses rolling, and the district will absorb that expense.
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Workers in two of Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions were on strike Monday morning, halting service for an estimated 400,000 passengers who use the nation's fifth-largest rail system each weekday. SEIU Local 1021 spokeswoman Cecille Isidro said workers began their strike across the Bay Area around 2 a.m. Monday after the final trains were put to bed. From a picket line at the Lake Merritt station in Oakland, she said the union expects that a majority of workers will take part in the strike.
Transit officials paid $19 million in cost overruns for two subway stations--a result of more than 200 change orders that were requested during construction of the first leg of the Red Line. The Pershing Square and Civic Center subway stations, originally projected to cost $32 million, ended up costing $51 million--a nearly 60% increase that drew heated criticism Wednesday when the figures were disclosed during a Metropolitan Transportation Authority board meeting.
October 16, 2013
Re "Transit, meet LAX. Maybe.," Editorial, Oct. 13 What is so difficult about connecting rail transit to the Los Angeles International Airport? Officials with Metro and Los Angeles World Airports should go to New York and experience JFK airport's AirTrain - and then copy it here. They should connect the terminals, parking lots, the 96th Street bus terminal and the Green Line Aviation stop with a rail system like New York's (or Newark's) and be done with it. They should make the ride into downtown less convoluted by building a connector between the Green Line and the Blue Line - which already intersect - and run airport express trains to LAX. How nice would that be?
Take a late bus. Get a free ride. That's the new message on the side of Southern California Rapid Transit District buses as the RTD today launches its promised effort to woo bus riders and discourage tardy bus drivers with a special "on-time guarantee" program. The novel program ensures that RTD riders will be repaid their $1.10 basic fare if a bus shows up at a scheduled stop 15 minutes late.
January 22, 2010 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
L.A. County transit officials are forecasting the largest operating deficit in their history, prompting them to consider cuts to bus and rail service as well as fare increases. The shortfall, caused by cuts in state funding as well as an 8% decline in ridership over the last year, could be more bad news for L.A. riders, who have long complained about crowded buses and limited services. "The issue is coming to a head, that they're a quarter-billion dollars short on operating.
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