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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Rapid Transit District officials said Thursday they are examining a controversial proposal to terminate certain contracts connected with the Los Angeles Metro Rail project as part of an effort to reduce escalating costs of the 4.4-mile-long first segment of the subway line. The disclosure, which angered representatives of a contractors' group involved in the $1.25-billion project, came after the RTD's Board of Directors approved operating and capital budgets totaling $1.14 billion for fiscal 1989-90.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
OPINION
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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