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February 28, 1993 | Editor's Note: Mary Travis, manager of transportation programs for the Ventura County Transportation Commission, oversees bus, train and bicycle trail projects that are designed to move people around the county more efficiently. and She has worked for more than a year on a proposal to create four new intercity bus services, a plan that is now being reviewed by city and county officials. and In a recent interview, Travis talked about the challenges faced by Ventura County's bus riders and possible improvements.
Q: How tough is it to get around Ventura County by bus? A: If you want to go someplace within your city, you generally have good service on weekdays. In some cities you even have good service on weekends. In some cities the service drops off on weekends or evenings. But if you want to get between cities, you're looking at good service in some areas, very infrequent service in other areas and no service at all between the cities in the eastern part of the county.
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June 8, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Responding to an eleventh-hour appeal from Ventura County officials, the California Transportation Commission on Thursday agreed to allocate an additional $6 million to improve the 118 Freeway in eastern Simi Valley and pledged tens of millions more next year. The state initially earmarked $50 million to widen the freeway by one lane in each direction between Tapo Canyon Road and the Los Angeles County line. But because the project was delayed three years, the costs have increased significantly.
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November 20, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
A panel of mayors and council members from around the county on Tuesday named two new members to the Ventura County Transportation Commission. Newly appointed were Fillmore Mayor Roger Campbell and Ventura Mayor Jack Tingstrom. The vacancies were created by the decisions of Moorpark Mayor Paul Lawrason and Camarillo Mayor David M. Smith not to seek reelection to their respective city councils.
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June 6, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
With work already underway to widen a key portion of the 118 Freeway, Ventura County officials say there is only enough money to expand one side of the busy roadway and are appealing to the state this week for more funding to complete the project. The California Transportation Commission initially allocated $50 million for the project but higher construction costs left only enough to add an eastbound lane from Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley to the Los Angeles County line, officials said.
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August 20, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE
The California Transportation Commission has scheduled a rare appearance this month in Ventura County. The commission, which meets in different areas of the state each month to discuss transportation issues, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the council chambers at Ventura City Hall. Ginger Gherardi, executive director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, is set to give a countywide transportation presentation at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
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June 8, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
Almost 3,000 people a day rode MetroLink trains during the first three weeks of May, an increase of more than 10% over the first three weeks in April, the Ventura County Transportation Commission reported Friday. Commission officials attributed the sharp increase to rising gasoline prices and a marketing plan targeting college students. The four MetroLink commuter trains make stops at stations in Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark and Simi Valley before going to downtown Los Angeles.
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September 1, 1993
For the last two weekends, the Ventura County Transportation Commission ran Metrolink commuter trains to the fair. We were overwhelmed and gratified by the public response and had to run 12-car trains. Unfortunately, the train schedule was designed for shorter trains, which caused some of the trains to run a little late. Now that we know the level of public interest, we can do a better job of planning for next year's fair. If any passengers still want to get a Metrolink button and didn't get one at the station, they may call our Dial-A-Route number, (800)
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April 8, 1991 | KAREN McKEAN
Two public hearings are planned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission on transit services available in the county. The first hearing will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Thousand Oaks City Council chambers. The second hearing is scheduled for April 15 in the Camarillo City Council chambers.
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April 15, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
The City Council on Monday approved the extension of a cooperative agreement with neighboring cities to provide intercity transportation services through June. The agreement with Camarillo, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, the county of Ventura and the Ventura County Transportation Commission will complete the final year of a demonstration program known as the Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority (VISTA) Highway 101 program.
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July 29, 2001
I read with interest the article on the new bus service to Santa Barbara in the July 23 edition ["New Bus to Travel Trail of 2 Cities"]. Especially interesting was the section on the Aug. 6-11 week of "free rides." In order to offer this "free" service, the Ventura County Transportation Commission has graciously decided to charge the Smart Card monthly passport holders an extra $10. Those "free rides" won't really be free and should not be subsidized by cardholders who may not even take this bus. I hope all VISTA service riders protest this "free ride" fee on their August monthly pass and let the commission know that this practice isn't going to win points with Smart Card holders.
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December 16, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County transportation officials may have been overzealous in pushing passage of a highway tax last year, but they didn't break the law, Dist. Atty. Gregory Totten said Thursday. In a 35-page report, Totten's staff concluded that Ventura County Transportation Commission chief Ginger Gherardi improperly mailed postcards, made phone calls and sent e-mails from her public office promoting Measure B in the months before it was defeated by voters.
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August 20, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
After years of delays, east Ventura County commuters may finally get relief from gridlock now that a state panel has approved spending $48.3 million to widen California 23. The state Transportation Commission on Thursday voted to set aside the bulk of the money needed to pay for additional northbound and southbound lanes on the highway from the Ventura Freeway interchange in Thousand Oaks to Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark. The highway currently has two lanes in each direction.
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November 4, 2004 | Hugo Martin and Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
California voters, bound by a hatred of traffic congestion, were divided in Tuesday's election over whether to increase their taxes to pay for transportation projects. Ballot measures to increase or extend local sales taxes to pay for transportation improvements were leading in eight counties, including San Bernardino, San Diego and Sacramento. But in three counties -- Ventura, Santa Cruz and Solano -- voters defeated similar measures.
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October 24, 2004
. Ventura County Proposition: Measure B Summary: Will approve a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects for 30 years. Who got it on the ballot: The Ventura County Transportation Commission and the county Board of Supervisors. Who are in favor: All 10 local cities, the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California and Cal State Channel Islands Foundation.
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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.
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December 6, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County Transportation Commission agreed Friday to conduct a public opinion poll to gauge whether voters would be willing to pay more in local sales taxes to raise up to $50 million annually for overdue highway improvement projects. The commission voted unanimously to spend about $35,000 to hire a Sacramento-based polling firm to help design a survey that would measure just how much people would be willing to spend to ease traffic congestion.
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August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura County Transportation Commission will add Sunday bus service for Santa Paula and Fillmore residents beginning next week. The buses will run on the same schedule as Saturday, with 10 trips in each direction. The route will begin at the Fillmore Senior Center, with two stops in Santa Paula and two stops in Ventura -- one at the Ventura Pier -- before ending at the Pacific View Mall. The fare will be $1 for students and adults and 50 cents for senior citizens and the disabled.
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November 27, 1990
As we look toward the future, it is important for the voters and taxpayers of Ventura County to realize that the old-time special interests who pushed Measure A, which was defeated Nov. 6, can jerk the Ventura County Transportation Commission around just like a kite on a string. A solution that could help dilute the power of entrenched special interests would be to dismantle the commission. Dismantling the commission would help save the county money in these tight budget times and return the decision-making process to the Board of Supervisors, where elected officials can make decisions at regular times in a well-known public forum.
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December 4, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County Transportation Commission on Friday will consider spending $35,000 to determine whether voters are willing to raise the sales tax by half a cent to pay for long-delayed road projects, including widening California 23 in Thousand Oaks and the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley.
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August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura County Transportation Commission will add Sunday bus service for Santa Paula and Fillmore residents beginning next week. The buses will run on the same schedule as Saturday, with 10 trips in each direction. The route will begin at the Fillmore Senior Center, with two stops in Santa Paula and two stops in Ventura -- one at the Ventura Pier -- before ending at the Pacific View Mall. The fare will be $1 for students and adults and 50 cents for senior citizens and the disabled.
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