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.
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
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.
July 28, 2010 |
The families of students who compete in athletics for City Section schools this fall will be asked to make a one-time $24 "contribution" that will be used to offset an estimated $650,000 cut in transportation funding. The plan is explained in a letter the City Section has begun sending to its schools for distribution. Athletic directors will be in charge of collecting the donations from football players, cheerleaders, band members or anyone who rides a school bus to a sporting event.
May 6, 2004 |
Record levels of international trade through Southern California's ports and airports will create a transportation bottleneck by 2006 unless significant improvements are made, according to a study released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The report said a lack of land and cuts in transportation budgets could soon cause chronic delays and gridlock that could force some shippers to bypass Los Angeles as their major point of entry to the U.S. market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2004 |
A half-cent sales tax initiative that would generate about $50 million a year for Ventura County highway and road improvements has received the endorsement of a majority of the county's 10 cities, moving the proposal one step closer to placement on the November ballot. Although three cities have yet to vote on the ballot proposal, it received the necessary support this week to be considered by the county Transportation Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2001 |
Owners of the controversial Riverside Freeway toll lanes are seeking to refinance the private thoroughfare in an attempt to lower their debt and eventually eliminate tolls for carpools, motorcyclists and the disabled. Greg Hulsizer, general manager of the 91 Express Lanes, said that if the California Private Transportation Co. can refinance, the move will help push the 6-year-old operation closer to profitability.
August 17, 2000 |
Calling United Airlines "the poster child for what is going wrong" in the airline industry, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater said Wednesday he is summoning the chiefs of all the major carriers to Washington to discuss rampant delays and cancellations. Slater said the hastily arranged summit, to take place Monday, will also include airport and organized labor officials in an attempt to address the recent impact of weather, scheduling and other problems on the traveling public.