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January 14, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These days, they're all trying to hop aboard this train. In traffic-choked Orange County, a proposal to build an 18-mile monorail line through the heart of the region has normally staid politicos and bureaucrats abuzz with anticipation. The cities of Fullerton and Huntington Beach have been clamoring in recent weeks to join five central Orange County cities that have already started a push for the futuristic transportation system.
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October 9, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans for a $1-billion rail line that would link the Orange County seat to neighboring Irvine and Costa Mesa could be revived next week if the Santa Ana City Council gives its approval. The Orange County Transportation Authority hopes the council backs the 13-mile project. The line, already endorsed by Irvine and Costa Mesa, would be a shortened version of the original 30-mile CenterLine plan, which collapsed last spring when it failed to attract business and political support.
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May 30, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clearing the way for the first leg of a monorail system, the City Council late Tuesday night approved a deal that gives a developer a substantial increase in square footage for an office project in exchange for building the first half mile of track. The deal, approved earlier this month by the city Planning Commission, entitles McDonnell Douglas Realty Co. to an extra 195,000 square feet for a pair of office towers proposed for the Irvine Business Complex.
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March 12, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It didn't take Arthur Leahy long to realize he had a noisy controversy on his hands in the $2.3-billion CenterLine project. He'd barely finished his first day of work as county transportation chief when people were shouting, pleading and blowing whistles at him to both build and abandon the plan. His solution: Turn down the volume.
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August 13, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To ride the bus, you need the speed of a cat, the philosophy of a Zen monk and a small bottle of whisky. You need the mind set of Van Arsdale France, an author and retired Disney executive who sold his Ford--he can't remember the model--eight years ago for $800 and has depended on the bus ever since. France, 82, is not, nor has ever been, an employee of the Orange County Transportation Authority.
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October 29, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County transportation officials Monday approved an ambitious $4.4-billion plan to expand commuter train service and build an ultramodern, elevated urban rail system that would link up with Los Angeles County's Metro Rail system. The far-reaching rail network would take San Juan Capistrano residents to Brea or half a dozen cities in between, tie into the Metro Rail in Long Beach and Norwalk, and for the first time provide commuter rail service into Riverside County.
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December 12, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
In a continuing financial battle over Laguna Beach's "cable car on wheels," Orange County transportation commissioners voted Monday to deny more than $300,000 to Laguna Beach Municipal Transit Lines. Meeting in Santa Ana, Orange County Transportation Commission members said they were still unhappy with the Laguna Beach transit authority after an audit earlier this year showed poor cost-benefit performance.
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March 27, 1990 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
At an unusually divisive joint session Monday, Orange County transportation officials clashed over a proposed use of transit funds to add lanes to the Orange Freeway and make loans to the county's tollway agency and Caltrans. The Orange County Transportation Commission split 4 to 3 in favor of the proposal, while the Orange County Transit District board sought a 60-day delay on the issue, voting 4 to 0 with Supervisor Don R. Roth absent.
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August 24, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new MetroLink station in Laguna Niguel will cost nearly double its original estimate and possibly much more, sending county officials scrambling to find millions in additional dollars to fund the long-planned South County station. City officials say the station will cost far more than the $2.75 million budgeted, despite efforts by planners to take out all the frills--even down to removing colored tile from the train platforms.
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June 18, 1999 | Jason Soifer, (949) 574-4214
The Guideway transit system continues making progress toward final approval later this year. The next stop for the projected four-mile route, which will traverse the Irvine Business Complex and John Wayne Airport, is an environmental impact report. Designers have drafted a system with two loops spanning about 950 acres. The system is bordered by MacArthur Boulevard, Jamboree Road, Main Street and Michelson Drive.
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March 8, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's top transportation official called for a halt Wednesday to work on the controversial CenterLine due to faltering support for the $2.3-billion rail project. In an action that officials said could delay progress on the line several months or up to a decade, the Orange County Transportation Authority scrapped plans this week to request federal funding for the project. Agency chief Arthur Leahy also halted all preliminary engineering work on the project.
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September 11, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For too many years, officials say, motorists have endured one of the commuting world's most hated phenomena--freight trains of seemingly infinite length chugging dolefully along, clogging miles of intersections in north Orange County. The logjams may someday disappear from the streets of Placentia and neighboring cities as Orange County transportation officials pursue an ambitious plan to route rail traffic beneath intersections along a 5-mile, 40-foot deep trench. Part of a larger $1.
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April 25, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proponents of a $1.5-billion light-rail system proposed between Fullerton and Irvine need to be more aggressive in forming partnerships with the private sector to raise the money for the project, a trustee of the Orange County Transportation Authority said Monday. Board member Todd Spitzer, who is also an Orange County supervisor, said OCTA should hire a developer immediately as a consultant to speed the process by contacting businesses along the 29-mile route proposed for the rail line.
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April 11, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite public outcry and the lingering concerns of regular bus riders, Orange County transit board members on Monday unanimously approved a massive overhaul of the county's bus routes that is set to go into effect in September. The "straight-lining" of nearly all the county's 72 routes stirred up controversy among many who rely on the buses for everyday transportation, including hundreds of protesters who packed a February public hearing.
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February 28, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Douglas has been riding Orange County buses for 15 years and knows the system--in his words--"like the back of my hand." But that may change if a major "straight-lining" of bus routes goes into effect in June, the most massive overhaul of the system in history. At a public hearing today, advocates for the disabled and the elderly plan to be out in force to protest the changes and demand answers to how the new routes would affect them.
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February 14, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Try this for pressure: three hours to put together a wish list of transportation projects for Orange County. The reason for the rush? A Monday morning request from Caltrans for a list of priority needs--presumably prompted by Gov. Gray Davis' expressed desire to use some of the budget surplus to kick-start such projects. By noon Feb.
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December 6, 1999 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chairman of the Orange County Transportation Commission has joined critics of a proposed light-rail system linking Irvine and Costa Mesa, saying it shortchanges residents promised a mass-transit rail service that would run the length of the county. Dana W.
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December 14, 1999 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Transit authorities granted a reprieve to the controversial Orange County light-rail system on Monday, voting to complete a study of a proposal that some cities fear may turn into a billion-dollar mass-transit blunder. The Orange County Transportation Authority voted to finish the environmental impact report on the 27-mile rail line, slated to snake through the county's business and residential cores, and to study the proposed first segment, a 12-mile stretch from Irvine to Costa Mesa.
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December 14, 1999 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Transit authorities granted a reprieve to the controversial Orange County light-rail system on Monday, voting to complete a study of a proposal that some cities fear may turn into a billion-dollar mass-transit blunder. The Orange County Transportation Authority voted to finish the environmental impact report on the 27-mile rail line, slated to snake through the county's business and residential cores, and to study the proposed first segment, a 12-mile stretch from Irvine to Costa Mesa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1999 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chairman of the Orange County Transportation Commission has joined critics of a proposed light-rail system linking Irvine and Costa Mesa, saying it shortchanges residents promised a mass-transit rail service that would run the length of the county. Dana W.
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