September 22, 2011
Crime on Metro trains and buses has been dropping over the last five years and is lower than in many of the communities they serve, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's news blog. The Source , addressing the issue after a fatal stabbing last month on the Red Line in Hollywood, reported 2.77 “part one” crimes committed for every million boardings in 2010 on Metro trains and buses. Part one crimes are murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary and theft.
June 2, 2010
As an American, Southern Californian, resident and an inhabitant of this planet, it profoundly embarrasses me that we continue to spend billions of dollars to widen freeways, while cutting Metrolink train service ("Metrolink fares to increase," April 28). We need more train service, and better linkages, not less. At the same time, oil-well workers are blown off platforms to their deaths, and some of the most fragile, pristine, beautiful coastline in our country is ruined. Livelihoods are destroyed and wildlife dies, suffocated by a gloppy coating of oil. We demand cheap oil and gas, and pay prices that do not reflect true costs.
October 14, 2006
City officials are talking about a potential express bus line along the Ventura (134) Freeway between Pasadena to North Hollywood, in the hopes of creating a public transit connector that supplies the missing link that forever has eluded the region. But the answer may already be in place, and could be a lot less costly. The proposed bus line — which Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena officials are discussing with the Metropolitan Transit Authority — would connect the Gold Line in Pasadena to the Red Line in North Hollywood.
October 11, 2006
GLENDALE — Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena are working with the Metropolitan Transit Authority on a high-quality, express transit system that would connect rail systems in Pasadena to North Hollywood via the Ventura (134) Freeway, officials said on Monday. "There are a lot of commuters that go from Pasadena, and beyond Pasadena, through Glendale, through Burbank and through the San Fernando Valley in a westerly direction and in an easterly direction," Glendale Traffic and Transportation Administrator Jano Baghdanian said.
July 30, 2005
Imagine a public transit system that connects Pasadena with North Hollywood through Burbank and Glendale. Thousands of commuters, not only from those cities, but from the foothills, too, could have access to such a line, and with it access to major San Fernando and San Gabriel hubs for work and recreation. Burbank took a much-needed step toward such a scenario last week when it pitched in $30,000 for a joint study with Glendale and Pasadena that would look into the feasibility of such a route though a region of 300,000 people.
July 20, 2005
Mark R. Madler The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to pitch in $30,000 for a joint study with Glendale and Pasadena that would look at linking public transit between Pasadena and North Hollywood. The study is the first step in what is expected to be a long process that will eventually seek federal funding to fill a gap in public transportation services. No route has been selected nor the type of vehicles that would be used, be it buses or a fixed-route light rail system, Burbank Transportation Director Greg Herrmann said.
June 8, 2005
Proposed resolution on right track Kudos to Walt Meares for his Community Commentary on May 4-5, "Gridlock resolution comes in nightmare." If I was a councilman and his resolution came before me, I'd vote yes in an instant. I walk or ride my bike to work every day and cannot begin to tell you how anti-pedestrian this city and region have become. I have lost count of the times I have almost been run over by cars on my 20-minute walk to work.
June 1, 2005
Kudos to Paonessa for years of service In every community, a handful of people come along and somehow, some way, and over a period of many years, make a significant difference in other people's lives. I was gladdened to read about one of those people in the Burbank Leader of May 25. Reporter Mark Madler covered the honoring of our own Elaine Paonessa as she was recognized by Los Angeles County as one of the outstanding older Americans ("Time well spent helping community")
April 20, 2005
DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- The new shuttle system to the Media District from the North Hollywood Red Line Metro station helped push ridership for the city's transit services above 20,000 riders in March, the highest monthly total yet. The ridership numbers for March marked the first time the city had more than 20,000 in one month for its transit services, said Andrew Carrasco, the city's transportation services supervisor....
March 16, 2005
New bus link is a welcome sight Regarding the Leader story, "Early returns slow on NoHo," March 5, I was happy to see Burbank starting a bus line to the Red Line subway. If they can bring in more money for clean fuel buses, all the better. It would be nice if a second line was put in to serve the airport now that JetBlue will start to fly out of Bob Hope Airport. A line to serve the airport, Empire Center, and the mall downtown would be great. The Red Line is a main artery.