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August 11, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed the $286.5-billion transportation bill Wednesday, saying it would ease traffic congestion throughout the country, create hundreds of thousands of jobs and impose stricter vehicular safety standards that would save lives. But critics said the legislation was stuffed with unnecessary and expensive projects that benefited only members of Congress seeking hometown support.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 | Evan Halper and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
California's roads and highways have fallen into such disrepair that the state's legislative analyst urged lawmakers Wednesday to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed $2-billon cut in transportation funding and increase the gas tax. In her annual review of the state budget, analyst Elizabeth G. Hill again cautioned lawmakers, as she did in a preliminary report last month, that the governor's $99-billion budget suffered from overly optimistic projections.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2002 | From Associated Press
The FBI issued a warning Thursday to state and local law enforcement officials nationwide about a possible attack soon against transportation systems, particularly railroads. Officials said the warning, based on information obtained from Al Qaeda prisoners, suggested that terrorists may try to take out bridges, key sections of tracks or train locomotives in an effort to cause derailments and widespread damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1995 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine getting into your car, pressing a button and having it take you to San Francisco. Or glancing at a screen on your dashboard to check out traffic conditions ahead. Or being awakened by an automated voice when the car senses you are drowsing. These were among the traffic innovations of the future discussed Wednesday during the annual Future Transportation Technology Conference and Exposition, a four-day gathering that ends today at the Red Lion Hotel/Orange County Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2002 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County supervisors agreed Tuesday to explore whether cities along heavily traveled stretches of the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are willing to form a regional authority to deal with traffic problems. On a 4-1 vote, board members authorized Supervisor Frank Schillo to meet with representatives of eight cities to gauge their interest. Los Angeles County officials would also be asked to participate, along with several regional transportation boards.
WORLD
February 11, 2003 | Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writer
With the pace of military deployments to the Persian Gulf reaching what one military official on Monday called "warp speed," the Pentagon is pressing commercial airlines into service to transport troops for only the second time in history.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Whatever people have planned for the last New Year's Eve of the millennium, apparently sitting aboard a jetliner isn't high on the list. American Airlines said Tuesday it will scrap 20% of its flights on Dec. 31 and 5% on Jan. 1 because of slow ticket sales, which some blame in part on travelers' fears that the date change will cause computers to fail and lead to travel chaos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2002 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Running smack down the middle of Pasadena's Foothill Freeway are scores of new power lines and two sets of freshly laid rail track. A mile south, a 24-foot-wide tunnel slinks under a shopping district. In Los Angeles' Mount Washington neighborhood, a cement platform rises, one day to be flooded with train riders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For all the guff Southern Californians take about smog and congestion, here's some information to lob back at those smug San Franciscans--average commute times are lower in Los Angeles than in the city by the bay. And Anaheim in Orange County leads not just the state but the nation in that supposedly antithetical Southern California act--carpooling. Those are among the latest findings from the U.S. Census Bureau, which today released a comparison of commuting patterns in U.S.
SPORTS
July 29, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Just days after the Los Angeles Unified School District authorized sports teams to collect a $24 voluntary contribution from students to help pay for a $650,000 cut in transportation funding, Supt. Ramon C. Cortines announced Thursday that he had rescinded the request. Cortines said in a statement, "Although this district is in a financial crisis, I am asking for other financial options to cover the $650,000 needed for the district's athletics transportation budget." District spokesman Robert Alaniz said Cortines had been unaware of the request for $24 and was concerned that those who could not afford to contribute would be singled out. "He didn't want that stigma attached to kids," Alaniz said.
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