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June 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Paul L. Sitton, the first administrator of the federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration and since 1969 a senior official of the National Academy of Sciences, died May 27 at age 60 of liver complications. Sitton had spent more than 30 years in government service and in the 1960s helped create the Transportation Department. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him in 1968 as the first head of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, which oversees federal transit programs.
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January 21, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A federal appeals court has thrown out an attempt by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to test local transit system employees for drug use, saying the agency had exceeded its authority. The court battle began after the UMTA issued regulations in 1988 requiring all local transit systems receiving federal funds to guarantee a drug-free work force.
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NEWS
May 5, 1987
Ralph Stanley, head of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration and a critic of Los Angeles' Metro Rail subway project, announced he will leave the agency May 31. Stanley, 35, joined the agency in 1983 and quickly became one of its most controversial administrators. He criticized public transit spending as wasteful and sought to have those services turned over to private companies. Stanley is joining Municipal Development Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1988 | RICH CONNELL and BILL BOYARSKY, Times Staff Writers
The Reagan Administration's top mass transit administrator has stepped into a fight between Los Angeles County's two big public transportation agencies with sharp criticism of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. Discussing the fight between the RTD and the Transportation Commission over who should build the Metro Rail subway project, Alfred A.
NEWS
January 21, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A federal appeals court has thrown out an attempt by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to test local transit system employees for drug use, saying the agency had exceeded its authority. The court battle began after the UMTA issued regulations in 1988 requiring all local transit systems receiving federal funds to guarantee a drug-free work force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1988
Let me assure everyone that the RTD Metro Rail will begin carrying its first passengers on schedule in January of 1993. Work is progressing as scheduled and the project remains well under budget. I take special note of this since some of your readers may have been unnecessarily concerned due to your March 30 article (Part I). The delay we have experienced is not news to the public. In fact, we announced more than two months ago that unforeseeable circumstances, over which RTD had no control, resulted in an opening-day postponement of eight months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration on Friday lobbed a new political bomb at Los Angeles' Metro Rail subway by threatening to withhold federal construction funds because of delays in the collection of a tax on downtown businesses to help finance the project. In a letter to Southern California Rapid Transit District General Manager John Dyer, attorneys for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration said the transit district is "in technical breach of its (funding) contract" with the federal agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A contract dispute that led to a threat by the Reagan Administration to withhold Metro Rail construction funds has been settled, officials said Wednesday. "The cloud cast over this (project) back in May is removed," said Joe LaSala, chief counsel for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Several weeks ago, officials of the federal agency told the Southern California Rapid Transit District that it was in "technical breach" on a funding contract for the construction of the first 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1988 | RICH CONNELL and BILL BOYARSKY, Times Staff Writers
The Reagan Administration's top mass transit administrator has stepped into a fight between Los Angeles County's two big public transportation agencies with sharp criticism of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. Discussing the fight between the RTD and the Transportation Commission over who should build the Metro Rail subway project, Alfred A.
NEWS
September 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) awarded his Golden Fleece to the Urban Mass Transit Administration for sending government officials to Disney World to learn how to motivate employees, his office said Sunday. Attending the Sept. 6-9 session in Orlando, Fla., were six top UMTA officials and 47 local transit officials from around the country. They paid their own travel expenses, but UMTA paid for the $110-per-night hotel rooms and the $795 program fee for each, at a total cost of $68,160.
NEWS
September 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) awarded his Golden Fleece to the Urban Mass Transit Administration for sending government officials to Disney World to learn how to motivate employees, his office said Sunday. Attending the Sept. 6-9 session in Orlando, Fla., were six top UMTA officials and 47 local transit officials from around the country. They paid their own travel expenses, but UMTA paid for the $110-per-night hotel rooms and the $795 program fee for each, at a total cost of $68,160.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1988
Let me assure everyone that the RTD Metro Rail will begin carrying its first passengers on schedule in January of 1993. Work is progressing as scheduled and the project remains well under budget. I take special note of this since some of your readers may have been unnecessarily concerned due to your March 30 article (Part I). The delay we have experienced is not news to the public. In fact, we announced more than two months ago that unforeseeable circumstances, over which RTD had no control, resulted in an opening-day postponement of eight months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A contract dispute that led to a threat by the Reagan Administration to withhold Metro Rail construction funds has been settled, officials said Wednesday. "The cloud cast over this (project) back in May is removed," said Joe LaSala, chief counsel for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Several weeks ago, officials of the federal agency told the Southern California Rapid Transit District that it was in "technical breach" on a funding contract for the construction of the first 4.
NEWS
June 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Paul L. Sitton, the first administrator of the federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration and since 1969 a senior official of the National Academy of Sciences, died May 27 at age 60 of liver complications. Sitton had spent more than 30 years in government service and in the 1960s helped create the Transportation Department. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him in 1968 as the first head of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, which oversees federal transit programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration on Friday lobbed a new political bomb at Los Angeles' Metro Rail subway by threatening to withhold federal construction funds because of delays in the collection of a tax on downtown businesses to help finance the project. In a letter to Southern California Rapid Transit District General Manager John Dyer, attorneys for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration said the transit district is "in technical breach of its (funding) contract" with the federal agency.
NEWS
May 5, 1987
Ralph Stanley, head of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration and a critic of Los Angeles' Metro Rail subway project, announced he will leave the agency May 31. Stanley, 35, joined the agency in 1983 and quickly became one of its most controversial administrators. He criticized public transit spending as wasteful and sought to have those services turned over to private companies. Stanley is joining Municipal Development Corp.
NEWS
September 20, 1987 | Associated Press
President Reagan intends to nominate Alfred A. DelliBovi to head the Transportation Department's Urban Mass Transportation Administration, succeeding Ralph L. Stanley, the White House has announced. DelliBovi, 41, has been deputy administrator of the agency since 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1985
The North County Transit District has been awarded a $6.9-million grant for operating costs, construction and purchase of buses and equipment. District spokesman Mike Gillespie said Wednesday that the bus company has not been notified officially of the federal grant but that an application for that amount had been submitted. About $2.7 million of the grant will go for operating costs, $2.
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