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January 12, 2009
Re " 'Subway to Sea' timetable too long for Villaraigosa," Jan. 7 The need for a comprehensive subway system in Los Angeles far outweighs the legal requirement for community input and environmental impact analysis. Our city cannot afford to waste decades debating where to lay the tracks. We deserve to have transit projects started immediately and completed on the scale of years, not generations. The hardships endured by commuters here are enough to justify the declaration of a state of emergency, which will expedite the construction of projects paid for by Measure R funds.
November 30, 2008
Scott Martelle's article ["Seeing Green in San Diego," Nov. 23] leaves the erroneous impression that the city's public transit consists solely of trolleys. In fact, the three trolley lines are integrated with an extensive bus system, and day passes access both. Frequent buses to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld connect with trolley stations throughout downtown, at the Amtrak depot and in Old Town. Tourists can reach all key attractions easily without needing a car. David Smollar San Diego
November 27, 2008 | Greg Miller, Miller is a Times staff writer.
Federal authorities warned Wednesday that recent intelligence indicates that Al Qaeda may be plotting a terrorist attack on the subway or on other transit systems in New York City during the holidays. U.S. officials stressed that the information, gathered by the FBI, had not been corroborated and said there was no indication that the suspected plot had progressed beyond preliminary discussion among operatives linked to Al Qaeda.
June 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The domestic partner of a failed suicide bomber was sentenced to a 15-year jail term for not telling police about the man's plans to attack the London subway system. Judge Paul Worsley told Yeshi Girma, 32, that it was clear that she knew Hussain Osman planned to set off explosions on the transit system on July 21, 2005. The bombs failed to fully explode and no one was injured. A jury in London on Wednesday found Girma guilty of failing to provide information on the attack, which came two weeks after four suicide bombers killed 52 subway and bus passengers in London.
May 18, 2008 | D. J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie is a contributing editor for The Times. His most recent book is "California Romantica."
Welcome aboard Metro -- the buses and trains that are boarded 1.4 million times every weekday. Once on board, you'll probably have to stand in the aisle, because thousands more riders have already crowded ahead of you. Daily boardings on Metro -- L.A. County's principal mass-transit system -- are rebounding after a 20-year dip. Passenger loads on commuter rail are up an average of 15% in 2008, while bus ridership has risen 8%.
May 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. asked a federal judge to block the Chicago Transit Authority from removing advertisements for its "Grand Theft Auto IV" video game. Take-Two filed suit in federal court, saying the CTA interfered with its right of free speech by removing ads for the game from the transit system. The ads may have been taken off because the game is rated "M," for mature users, according to the complaint. The game maker said it paid $300,000 for a six-week ad campaign and that the ads were removed shortly after they began appearing April 22. The company said that Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich had previously criticized other games in the "Grand Theft Auto" series.
April 29, 2008
Re "Stadium makeover is unveiled," April 25 The Dodgers' new stadium plan sounds and looks wonderful. But before it attracts larger crowds, the current chaotic parking situation should be corrected. Management keeps touting the "wonderful fan experience." No matter how great it may be, it dissipates quickly when it's time to go home. Ken Chane Tarzana Dodger Stadium is only a short distance, as the crow flies, from the Metro Gold Line Chinatown station. Angelenos can't fly like crows, so I have two suggestions.
April 26, 2008
Re "The slow-go transit system," April 21 Thanks to Steve Hymon for actually riding the trains others pontificate about. He is right on point when he says our transit system should adopt the slogan, "We almost get you there." And if rail won't get us where we need to go, we'll drive the car -- no matter if we live in a transit-oriented development. But we will drive to transit if it gets us where we need to go. Forget the idea that most people are going to give up their cars. The point is to give us a way to do less travel by car. David Ewing Venice The writer chairs the VenMar Neighborhood Assn.
April 21, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Last week, I took a ride on the Green Line, the light-rail line along the 105 Freeway that connects Norwalk and Redondo Beach. Well, sort of connects them. First, the line starts a mile short of the Norwalk Metrolink station, then steers clear of LAX and ends on the edge of Redondo Beach at a station surrounded by the 405 Freeway, a Volkswagen dealership, a utility substation and a Northrop Grumman plant.
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