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    Post Re: Mass Transit to Disneyland Resort

    United to shift air departures
    Flights from Palmdale to Bay Area will move up

    BY JIM SKEEN, 7/12/2007 LA Daily News


    PALMDALE - In a change aimed at making service more attractive to business travelers, United Airlines announced Thursday it will move up the departure times for its Palmdale routes, beginning in September.
    Beginning Sept. 5, the airline's first flight from Palmdale to San Francisco will depart at 6 a.m. rather than 10:49 a.m., and the second flight will leave at 11:47 a.m. rather than 7:05 p.m.

    The move will make it easier for business travelers heading to the Bay Area for just a day and for other passengers to connect with flights to the East Coast, said officials with Los Angeles World Airports, which owns the Palmdale facility.

    "We're pleased United has responded to feedback from business travelers who want an early morning departure from L.A.-Palmdale so they can take advantage of a vast number of connecting flights at San Francisco International Airport," said Mark Thorpe, director of LAWA's Air Service Development Division. "That's going to make a big difference for the business community."
    LAWA officials said United made the move based on feedback from travelers, travel agents and companies in the Antelope Valley. United will re-time its flights to provide more connecting flight opportunities at San Francisco International Airport.


    The move will allow passengers on the 6 a.m. flights to reach East Coast destinations - including Atlanta, Boston, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. - by late afternoon or early evening.

    The 11:47 a.m. flight will connect with additional domestic and many international flights, officials said.
    Beginning Sept. 5, flights from San Francisco to Palmdale will be offered at 10:03 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m. daily, except Saturdays.

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    There is a whole plane demand to go to SF in order to connect with other flights? And these people are in Palmdale/Lancaster/Santa Clarita (any farther away would be inefficient)?
    I think a 9PM flight might work better, in order to connect with red-eye's.

    Westward, sure. That makes a lot more sense. United might know what it's doing.
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    Cool Re: Mass Transit to Disneyland Resort

    sediment,

    To me, the biggest drawback about Palmdale is it's too hot out there, and it's a long drive to get there. So a high speed train that delivers you quickly in air conditioned comfort to an airport terminal, also air conditioned, is the only way I'd consider going out there to catch a flight.

    And only if I got an amazing price on the tickets.

    So they just have to invest billions in infrastructure and sell tickets dirt cheap, and I'll consider using it. LOL. Sounds like a real sound investment strategy.

    Actually, I live near the Burbank Airport, and it's a mixed blessing. I'd rather send the pollution, takeoff noise and safety issues away to the desert. But when I want to go out of town, it's so nice not to have to drive through the city to get to LAX.

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    Smile Re: Saturday 7-14: Open House at the Great Park

    Did anybody go to this? If anyone wishes to post pics from the GREAT PARK that would be cool.

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    Post OCTA buses may roll again on Monday

    Tentative bus pact reached
    OCTA buses could roll as early as Monday afternoon.


    By DOUG IRVING and CINDY CARCAMO - OC REGISTER

    The Orange County Transportation Authority reached a tentative agreement with its striking bus drivers Saturday and said it expected to have more buses back on the county's streets as early as Monday afternoon with a full schedule by midweek.

    The union will begin voting on the contract at 10 a.m. Sunday at its Orange hall. Ballots will be cast throughout the day until 6 p.m. and resume at 5 a.m. on Monday. At the conclusion of voting at 8:30 a.m., the transportation agency will move toward ratification of the contract.

    The contract is worth $18.2 million in pay raises and benefits over three years, according to OCTA spokesman Ted Nguyen. It awards higher raises to more veteran drivers in the first year – a critical demand of the drivers' union. But it spreads the following two years of raises evenly among all pay scales, as the OCTA wanted to help it attract and retain new drivers.

    The last sticking point – retroactive pay dating to the last contract, which expired April 30 – was agreed upon Saturday at 7:35 p.m. after the two sides hammered out a few remaining questions regarding work rules and scheduling. The union also won improvements on pension and benefits.

    The higher payroll will have no effect on passenger fares, OCTA chief executive Art Leahy said.

    About 350 maintenance workers who walked off the job rather than cross the Teamsters' picket line, were due to report back to work late Saturday to ready the buses to get them back on the street.

    The two sides had been staring each other down for seven days over the question of how to distribute the pay raises. Neither side had blinked – until Friday afternoon, when a flurry of offers and counter-offers brought them together during 15 hours of hard bargaining on both sides..

    Hours later, in the dead of the night, negotiators with the Teamsters union updated a call-in hotline for the striking bus drivers. At 12:10 a.m., they announced, "We signed off on a tentative agreement" on the most divisive economic issues.

    The strike has left an estimated 220,000 daily bus riders stranded or looking for another way to get around. Most of them don't have their own cars, and relied on OCTA buses to get them to their jobs, their classes or the grocery store.

    The drivers have been sacrificing about $227,000 in overall wages for every day they remained out on strike, according to OCTA. By that measure, the strike has already cost them nearly $1.6 million.

    The least experienced among them have been making $13.72 an hour. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, those entry-level drivers would see a 3.5 percent raise in the first year of the contract, bringing their hourly pay to $14.20.

    Meanwhile, the most senior drivers – those with at least five years on the job – would get a 4.25 percent raise in the first year. That would push their hourly wages from $21.42 to $22.33.

    All drivers would get a 3 percent increase in the second year of the contract, and a 4 percent increase in the third year, regardless of seniority. That means entry-level drivers would be making $15.22 in the contract's final year, and veterans would be making $23.92.

    All sides seemed pleased with the results.

    Jose Fonseca, a 17-year OCTA bus driver, said it was hard to be on strike and he worried about his economic stability.

    "Life is too expensive to be on strike," said Fonseca, an Anaheim resident.

    He said he was satisfied with the contract, but felt sorry for the riders.

    "There were people who had to walk to work in the heat of summer," Fonseca said.

    One of those people was his younger brother, Manuel Fonseca, who resorted to walking to his job with Disney during the strike.

    "It would take me two hours to walk from point "A" to point "B," Fonseca said. "But I felt like I was doing it for a good cause: my brother and for the drivers. I felt like it was justified."

    Other riders felt the same way.

    Teresa Navarro, an 18-year-old who works at Taco Bell in Santa Ana, said she was very much inconvenienced by the strike but supported the drivers.

    "I wasn't really mad about it. If they want to get paid right, they'd need to go on strike," Navarro said.

    She was happy to hear, however, that she wouldn't need to bother her father for a ride to work as much.

    "I thought it was going to go for a lot longer," she said.

    The OCTA was ready to move toward a settlement.

    "We're ready to put this behind us," OCTA chairwoman Carolyn Cavecche said.

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    O.C. bus strike is over

    Updated, 9:20 a.m. Drivers overwhelmingly ratify new contract this morning. Full service expected to resume by mid-week.

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    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/regs...?showAll=y&c=y


    Bus drivers for the Orange County Transportation Authority have overwhelmingly ratified a proposed contract with the transit agency, according to Patrick D. Kelly of the Teamsters.
    The vote was 696 in favor of ratifying the pact, with 35 people voting against it. Sixty-seven percent of the union members voted, Kelly said.

    The OCTA is expected to announce its decision on the proposed contract this morning.
    OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik said the mechanics returned to their jobs Sunday and are ``in the process of getting all the buses ready.''

    Once the Teamsters officially notify OCTA the drivers have voted to ratify the contract, the OCTA board will vote on the agreement. Approval by the board is ``likely,'' he said.
    All 81 routes should again be in service by mid-week, he said.

    By mid-week or sooner, everyone will return and be driving their usual routes,'' he said.
    We're happy with the economic offer,'' Kelly said earlier.

    OCTA is offering the drivers a 14.7 percent increase in wages and benefits over three years -- up a tenth of a percentage point from what the agency offered the drivers before they went on strike a week ago.

    But the contract dispute was not over the size of the increase as much as how it was distributed. The union wanted the bulk of the raises to go to veteran drivers who forewent raises while the county was in bankruptcy, while OCTA wanted more money to go to beginning drivers in an effort to attract more drivers.

    About 50 of OCTA's 81 bus routes were shut down by the strike.

    Under the proposed contract, first-year bus drivers who currently make $14.92 an hour would make $16.54 an hour in three years.

    The hourly wage of top salary drivers would increase from $21.42 to $23.92 in three years.
    Along with increases in benefits, OCTA is offering the drivers about $200,000 more than its original offer. About 220,000 people a week ride OCTA buses.

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    Now the ports could go on strike!


    L.A. ports are facing a strike after deadline passes

    Updated, 9:15 a.m. Negotiators trying to avert work stoppage that would cripple nation's largest port complex.

    From news services
    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/arti...?showAll=y&c=y

    Negotiators for a clerical union and some of the world's largest shipping lines and terminal operators are working this morning to avert a strike that would cripple the nation's largest port complex.

    The midnight deadline passed with no word from bargainers.

    Clerk picket lines would be honored by Longshoremen and operations at the Long Beach-Los Angeles ports would come to a halt.

    Closed-door negotiations have continued through the night and no one will comment.
    The roughly 750 clerks who work at marine terminals at the ports handle bookings for the export of cargo and other transport documents.

    In 2002, West Coast longshore workers were locked out for 10 days. The shutdown cost the nation's economy an estimated one (b) billion to two (b) billion dollars a day. Port Police said there were no pickets to be seen, but John Fageaux, president of the Office Clerical Unit Local 63, which represents about 930 clerks, has been unavailable since Sunday afternoon.

    At that time he said talks were continuing, but that if an agreement was not reached by midnight between the clerks and the companies that employ them, the clerks would go on strike.

    "We haven't reached any disagreement yet, but there will be a strike if we don't reach an agreement by then," he said earlier.

    Though the clerks negotiate their contracts separately, Longshore workers have pledged to honor their picket line, which would effectively stop the flow of cargo through the biggest port complex in the nation, just as goods for the Christmas season are starting to arrive.

    Attorney Stephen Berry, representing 14 shipping firms operating at the ports, said the clerks have been offered a "generous" three-year package, including 20 paid holidays, 13 sick days and up to six weeks of vacation a year.

    According to Berry, the union earlier rejected a proposal to raise the hourly wage of clerical workers from $37.50 to $39.20 over three years.

    There are also disagreements over work rules and technology.

    Port clerks make about $78,000 a year before benefits, Berry said.

    The two sides have been in talks since May. The previous contract expired June 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    ...It makes great sense IF the project is combined with extending The 40 to The 5. Or, at least having some freeway being built from Palmdale to Barstow. Two-lane roads through all those enlarged ditches/flood channels will not do.
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    Freeway fantasy?

    There has been much discussion over the last few days about the need for more freeways as California's population is set to just 70% by midcentury. But how realistic are all these proposals. Which ones do you like? The BB examines:
    710 Tunnel Filling in "missing link" of 710 between the 10 and 210. Pros: Key route not just for commuters, but providing a truck route from the port out of L.A. Con: South Pasadena has successfully fought a freeway for decades, and multi-billion price a big problem.
    High Desert Corridor: Much-needed Antelope Valley-to-Victor Valley route. Pros: Where the the growth is, less expensive than tunnel. Con: High Deserts needs long been ignored.
    Santa Ana Mountains Corridor: This would provide that golden second freeway between Riverside and Orange counties. Pros: This is perhaps the Southland's worse commute, and it is getting more terrible by the day. Con: Tunneling hugely expensive (no price tag) and would face much environmental opposition.
    57 Freeway Extension: Running the 57 south from the Orange Crush through Central Orange County to the 405 has long been talked about. Pros: There are now limited north-south freeways in OC. Could be built as tollroad. Con: Much opposition in neighborhoods, and OCTA officially not studying the idea at this time.

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    http://www.time.com/time/nation/arti...0.html?cnn=yes
    Saint of the highways

    Lady Bird Johnson -- the first lady who died on Wednesday -- was a friend to our nation's highways. CNN recounts her efforts to improve the looks of our freeways.

    An excerpt:

    As first lady, Lady Bird created a legacy through her passion for what the press called "beautification" and the legislation it produced. She had the billboards and junk yards banished from the federal highway rights-of-way; and she inspired the carpets of daffodils and tulips that delight tourists who come to the nation's Capital. She was more than a gardener. She was one of the first true environmentalists of our times. Even LBJ liked the idea, complaining proudly one day that he had a hell of a time taking a nap because Lady Bird and Laurence Rockefeller and a bunch of other beautification folks down below his bedroom were holding a meeting and talking loud and he could not go to sleep. "She's going to beautify us right out of existence," he said.

    Lady Bird never liked the term "beautification." What she was doing went beyond that, something to hold the land, bring grace and meaning to scarred lives. "You reporters come up with another word," she used to say. But nobody has yet. Maybe it was unnecessary because she was her own symbol, a woman very much in harmony with the natural world around her. She rafted down rivers, camped out in the national parks, studied ruins. She also founded what is now named the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center at the University of Texas.

    Inside her there was the soul of a poet, diverted by the rush of politics, but never denied, not even in the White House citadel. She once told Sidey how often at day's end she took her paper work with her to the arbor in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden where fragrant ripening grapes hung heavy above her and she sat on creaky white wicker chairs. "There," she said, "I'm in a dear, old-fashioned summer home." And she often sat in twilight on the Truman Balcony to watch the Washington Monument fade from a delicate pink to gray. "It is such a beautiful thing," she said. So was she.
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    Small step for Wilshire subway



    A U.S. Senate committee has approved the long-stalled bill that would allow subway tunneling under Wilshire Boulevard. But there are several other steps in the process, including full Senate approval and probably a conference committee. From Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office:
    The Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill unanimously approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee includes an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein that would allow for subway tunneling in parts of Los Angeles. This could help provide much needed public transit to one of the most congested regions in the country. Specifically, the spending bill includes a provision to overturns a 1985 law that prohibited tunneling because of the potential for methane gas explosions. After the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion in support of reversing the laws banning tunneling in 2004 and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted to begin discussions of subway expansion in 2005, an independent scientific safety review determined that subway tunneling could move forward safely.


    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/bottleneck/

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    They need reliable transportation to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica from the Eastside. It's the main area for employment for a lot of domestic help. A lot of them are transit dependent, using buses on Sunset, Wilshire and Beverly. Extend the purple line, relieve congestion on the West side.

    There's a public meeting on the subway plan Tuesday July 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Southern California Transit Advocates Public Meeting

    Southern California Transit Advotcates is sponsoring the second of a series of public meetings in the Wilshire corridor regarding the proposal to extend the subway (also known as the Purple Line) west to Westwood and eventually Santa Monica via the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills and Century City. This will provide a venue for interested corridor residents to learn about the status of the proposal and their role in its progress. Information will also be provided on how
    residents can engage in effective advocacy by contacting elected officials.

    The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Auditorium of the Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 North Rexford Drive at the corner of Rexford and Burton Way. Free parking is available at the structure on 450 N. Rexford Drive between North Santa Monica Boulevard and Burton Way.

    Transit access is via MTA routes 4, 14, 16 and 316.

    Grant funding for the meetings is provided by the American Public
    Transportation Association.

    Dates, times and places for the other corridor meetings shall be announced
    shortly.

    Further information: (213) 388-2364.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
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    They need reliable transportation to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica from the Eastside. It's the main area for employment for a lot of domestic help. A lot of them are transit dependent, using buses on Sunset, Wilshire and Beverly. Extend the purple line, relieve congestion on the West side.
    ...
    How about more buses? I'm also thinking smaller and more frequent buses. Is that too inexpensive?
    How about people not driving as much? You know the ones I'm talking about. If it's so busy, why are people continuing to drive when there might be alternatives?
    I'm guessing it's the mentality of a certain level of automobile owners/drivers (think: snooty) that cannot possibly think of taking alternative modes of transportation, nor thinking about bunching up their clothes shopping trips and grocery shopping trips on the same day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    How about more buses? I'm also thinking smaller and more frequent buses. Is that too inexpensive?
    How about people not driving as much? You know the ones I'm talking about. If it's so busy, why are people continuing to drive when there might be alternatives?
    I'm guessing it's the mentality of a certain level of automobile owners/drivers (think: snooty) that cannot possibly think of taking alternative modes of transportation, nor thinking about bunching up their clothes shopping trips and grocery shopping trips on the same day.

    Haven't they considered a bus lane for METRO RAPID but they don't want to make the regular car traffic any worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Haven't they considered a bus lane for METRO RAPID but they don't want to make the regular car traffic any worse.
    There were a couple of letters in the paper today. San Vincente, Burton Way might make good busways. The snooty will object, though.
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