January 7, 1996
I was struck by a phrase in "Sluggish Pace Will Bring Social Conflict" (Jan. 1) referring to France's "money-losing" railway lines, and by its similarity to numerous references in the media to partially subsidized public transport systems that try to characterize such systems as monstrous leeches on society. Let me ask you this: How much money do the streets and highways bring in, then? According to figures I have seen, fuel taxes, registration fees and even tolls amount to such a minuscule proportion of the cost of building, maintaining and policing roadways that it becomes evident that the private automobile is the most heavily tax-subsidized form of transportation on Earth, as well as the most destructive to the community, the environment and, quite often, to physical life itself.
May 21, 1999
A bill that would prohibit oil companies from using tankers to transport oil in California's coastal waters is headed to the state Senate for consideration now that the Assembly has approved the measure by a 43-26 vote. The bill by Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would require companies to move oil by pipeline. The Coastal Commission has said moving oil through pipelines is safer for the environment.
March 30, 2003 |
If your path to enlightenment leads through London, there's transportation on a higher celestial plane than one of the city's traditional black taxi cabs. These days the nirvana of car services is Karma Kars, a five-car fleet of classic Ambassador cars imported from India and individually decorated--or "karma-ized"--by Heather Allan, wife of proprietor Tobias Moss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2008 |
California officials are counting on Washington to inject billions of dollars in transportation money to help revive the state economy. But a public advocacy group said the state's wish list of projects would undermine efforts to repair and modernize the state's crumbling infrastructure and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.
March 30, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2004 |
In a move to tighten the nation's security, federal officials announced the launch Wednesday of a worker identification program that would eventually require background checks and identification cards for 6 million truck drivers, dock workers and cargo handlers at U.S. ports, airports and railways.
August 9, 2002 |
Some Mexico City subway workers staged a wildcat strike against what they called unsafe conditions, shutting down two of the metro system's 11 lines and forcing about 500,000 people to seek other transportation. City authorities offered free buses at some subway stations, but crowds formed at others.
February 13, 1998 |
Masao Kurenuma and his staff may be setting a record for Olympic endurance, even in a country that prides itself on grinning and bearing up under pressure. Kurenuma is the bus man of Nagano, the person responsible for dispatching about 950 buses for athletes, media and spectators to the far-flung venues and remote mountaintops of the Nagano Winter Olympics.
April 24, 1994 |
Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Unified School District have announced an ambitious plan to open transportation academies at three schools, including Wilson and Locke high schools. With money from the federal Department of Education and the Federal Transit Administration, the schools will open at Wilson, Locke and North Hollywood high schools after teachers and staff devise the curriculum this summer.