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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Some of the projects are enormous, such as $400 million to help extend the Gold Line into East Los Angeles and $100 million to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge at the Port of Los Angeles. Others are itty-bitty, such as installing crosswalk bumps near downtown, widening a Baldwin Park street and planting new traffic signals here and there in the San Fernando Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Ending a long-standing rift with Orange County over transportation policy, Riverside County officials Wednesday unanimously adopted an array of recommendations to reduce congestion on the Riverside Freeway. The 30-member Riverside County Transportation Commission gave priority to widening the 91 by up to four lanes from Interstate 15 in Riverside County to the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County Transportation Commission voted Friday to recommend that a proposal for a half-cent sales tax be put on the November ballot. The commission voted 5 to 1, with Linda Parks dissenting, to send the proposal to the county Board of Supervisors, who must decide by July 2 whether to add the initiative to the Nov. 2 ballot. If approved by voters, the tax would raise about $1.5 billion over 30 years for local roads, highway projects and transportation services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
After stewing just one week in rush-hour traffic, Eric DeWaele was ready to quit his new job. The Palmdale resident was spending two hours every morning and another two hours every night staring at the procession of brake lights in his crawl to and from his job in Woodland Hills' Warner Center. "It was mental abuse," said DeWaele, 25, a customer service representative at a mortgage lending company. "I couldn't take it anymore."
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December 30, 2007 | Maurice Possley, Chicago Tribune
Wildlife researchers Patricia Cramer and John Bissonette scanned the bushes and brush amid patches of snow, looking for signs of mule deer. Gleefully, Cramer kicked at a pile of droppings. "There you are," she said. "I like to see that. It means the mule deer are coming through here." It also means, she added, that deer are using a corrugated metal underpass to get to the other side of a four-lane highway splitting Sardine Canyon without becoming part of a growing national statistic -- roadkill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a break for thousands of Inland Empire commuters, operators of Orange County's public toll roads on Wednesday killed a proposed fare increase for motorists who use transponders issued by other turnpikes. Members of the operations and finance committee of the Transportation Corridor Agencies voted unanimously to scrap a proposed 50-cent rate increase next year for FasTrak customers from other tollways, such as the 91 Express Lanes and the I-15 toll lanes in San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2002 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County toll road officials held a ceremony Friday to officially announce the widening of a four-mile stretch of the Foothill-Eastern toll road between Santa Margarita and Bake parkways, a project scheduled to get underway next month. Although its sister road, the San Joaquin Hills tollway, has failed to meet traffic and revenue projections since it opened in 1996, the Foothill-Eastern is busy.
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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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2005 | Sharon Bernstein and Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writers
With the city's clogged streets and patchwork public transit system now horn-honking issues in the mayor's race, there's a new regular stop on the campaign circuit: the crowded intersection photo-op. Sirens screaming and cars belching fumes nearby, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg stood at the corner of Sepulveda and Wilshire boulevards during the morning commute one day last month and promised to ease congestion.
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