KYMBERLEIGH RICHARDS'
PUBLISHED VIEWPOINTS ON
LOS ANGELES TRANSIT

In addition to the published articles listed below, I also used to publish a monthly report on the Metro Board of Directors' meetings at Blogger which included commentary and opinion.

You may also wish to read my rants on public transit.

"Monorails? Only at Disneyland"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2014)
"Fare warning"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2014)
"Don't let the Reason Foundation railroad us"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, April 18, 2013)
"Bus Facts"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012)
"Pie-in-the-sky transit facts"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, October 27, 2011)
"Voters get shorted on transit funding"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, February 16, 2009)
"Transit Advocates weigh in on Measure R"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, October 27, 2008)
"On board for transit sales tax?"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2008)
"Legit reason"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, September 18, 2008)
"Let sales tax ease way for commuters"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, August 21, 2008)
"Prop. 91 still needed to shield transit funds"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, January 30, 2008)
"Union's position all out of gas"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, July 18, 2007)
"The bill for public transit"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2007)
"Worth the trade-off"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, December 18, 2006)
"Taxes are for roads"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, September 19, 2006)
"No reason to gripe"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, August 24, 2006)
"Rapid bus line"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, June 29, 2006)
"MTA fares"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, May 14, 2006)
"Extending the subway"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, March 3, 2006)
"Railing about his take on our trains and buses"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2006)
"Bus service not cut"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, December 1, 2005)
"City knew long ago about bus line cut"
(Letter to the editor, Glendale News-Press, August 8, 2005)
"Proposed fare hike"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, May 13, 2005)
"Robbed at the pump"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, April 26, 2005)
"Self-appointed experts rail about crash"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, February 7, 2005)
"Less congestion"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, December 8, 2004)
"Orange Line fight wastes time, money"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, August 26, 2004)
"Politically charged"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, June 2, 2004)
"Public doesn't have choice in walkout"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, November 12, 2003)
"Growth and Gridlock"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, June 14, 2003)
"It will get better"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, April 25, 2003)
"Vehicle license fee"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, March 21, 2003)
"Take Two on Filming Downtown"
(Letter to the editor, Downtown News, March 17, 2003)
"MTA's sectors plan puts people first"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, October 3, 2002)
"Richards' response"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, August 20, 2002)
"Politics could jam transit operations"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, August 4, 2002)
"MTA Compliance With Consent Decree Has Cost the Valley Better Service"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2001)
"Missing Points on Transit Zone Feasibility"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2001)
"Forget Valley transit zone and improve MTA"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, October 13, 2000)
"Full Disclosure Now Before Busway Is Built"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2000)
"Missing the Bus on the Route to Better Transit"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2000)
"Rail's Condemnation May Haunt Us"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 1999)
"Running MTA by decree ignores reality"
(Op-ed article, Daily News, March 14, 1999)
"Failure's a Given When Solution Doesn't Fit the Problem"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, January 24, 1999)
"Outrage over MTA missing"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, January 13, 1999)
"Buses vs. rail transit"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, November 13, 1998)
"Critics try to derail anti-subway measure"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, October 24, 1998)
"Valley transit zone"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, October 6, 1998)
"Fare strike unlawful"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, September 1, 1998)
"Valley transit agency"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, July 15, 1998)
"Transit Talk Ignores the Riders"
(Op-ed article, Los Angeles Times, June 14, 1998)
"MTA land sale"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, March 4, 1998)
"Transportation in the Valley"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1997)
"Opportunities, risks seen for Valley transit zone"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, November 8, 1997)
"MTA Board Appointment"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, October 26, 1997)
"Let voters decide validity of cross-Valley rail"
(Letter to the editor, Glendale News-Press, October 16, 1997)
"Freeway rail plan"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, October 1, 1997)
"Antonovich ignoring real San Fernando Valley rail options"
(Letter to the editor, Glendale News-Press, September 24, 1997)
"Real reform needed"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, August 15, 1997)
"Elect Members to MTA Board"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, August 12, 1997)
"Give MTA a break"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, August 11, 1997)
"Valley debate continues on surface rail vs. subway"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, July 12, 1997)
"Cross-Valley Rail Line"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1997)
"Additional transit views"
(Letter to the editor, Daily News, February 2, 1997)
"Bicycles on Metro Rail"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, February 2, 1997)
"Transit Centers Can Serve Valley Well"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1995)
"Existing Transit Plan Should Be Implemented"
(Letter to the editor, Los Angeles Times, December 25, 1994)


RantsMy transit rants (in the great tradition of my hero, Dennis Miller)


The Free LibraryKYMBERLEIGH RICHARDS
QUOTED IN Daily News ARTICLES:

(Courtesy of The Free Library)


6% Metrolink fare hike OK'd: Board limits service cuts and agrees to drop only four trains instead of a dozen (April 24, 2010)
Metrolink proposing cutbacks (March 11, 2010)
Busway extension gets boost from MTA (January 29, 2010)
Toll Roads for L.A. County? Metro Seeks to Convert Some Car-Pool Lanes (November 30, 2007)
Orange Line May Add an Express Bus: Move Would Cut Five Minutes From Trip to Warner Center (August 3, 2007)
Traffic-Weary Westside Residents Make Push For Subway (May 30, 2007)
Subway to the Sea Meeting Tonight (May 22, 2007)
Subway, Bus Fares Doubling? MTA Hikes Needed to Balance Budget (March 24, 2007)
Accident on Coldwater: Crash Snarls Commute on 4 Freeways (March 14, 2007)
Busway's Parking Bonanza: Canoga Station Opens With Room to Leave 611 Cars (December 28, 2006)
Catoe, the MTA's No. 2, to Head Up D.C. Transit Agency (November 16, 2006)
Airport Backers Launch Coalition (October 14, 2006)
Busway So Popular, It's Nearing Capacity (June 10, 2006)
Orange Line Ridership Still on the Rise (April 15, 2006)
Depot Rehab Price Escalates: History Buffs Want 1896 Site Saved (March 13, 2006)
Riders are Still Eating Up Orange Line, Officials Say (January 14, 2006)
MTA to Reopen Three of 13 Lines: Valley Routes Not Among the Revived (December 13, 2005)
MTA Shutters Remaining Customer Service Center (October 18, 2005)
Buses Must Be On Time: Making Connections Key to Orange Line's Success (October 5, 2005)
Restoring the Past: Historic Train Depot Crumbles as MTA Weighs Preservation (August 29, 2005)
MTA Backs Off Planned Cuts of Valley Lines: Agency Cites Riders' Pleas (March 23, 2005)
Nonunion Hiring Eyed for Valley Busway (February 1, 2005)
Buses Outrun Stuck Cars: Autos Poke Along Without Right Lane (October 10, 2004)
Valley Likely to Lose Funds to MTA (October 4, 2003)
MTA Reducing Two Valley Bus Lines: Board Vote Calls for Late-Night Service Cuts, Keeping Most Other Runs Intact (October 2, 2003)
Van Nuys Rapid Buses Getting Ready to Rumble (June 26, 2003)
MTA Valley Panel Gets to Work (April 3, 2003)
Valley Panel Seeks Delay in Bus Vote: Advisory Council Nominees Want to Add Input on Routes (February 20, 2003)
Busway Funding at Risk: Extra Valley Routes Hinge on State Budget (January 2, 2003)
MTA Driven to Check Workers' Comp Fraud (November 4, 2001)
Making Valley Transit Better: Civic Leaders Say Local Control is Key (September 5, 1999)

OTHER KYMBERLEIGH RICHARDS QUOTES IN ARTICLES:
Bus route granted reprieve (Burbank Leader, March 4, 2011)
What Happens When We Reach $200-a-Barrel Oil? (Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2008)
Bright lights, big payday for MTA (Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2008)
Prop 91: Voters defeating gas tax measure (San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2008)
Ballot Proposition Roundup (KNBC-TV, February 6, 2008)
California Road-Repair Backers Urge Own Plan's Defeat (Bloomberg, February 5, 2008)
Prop. 91 fuel tax ballot measure runs out of gas (Ventura County Star, January 24, 2008)
Backers now urge voting against Prop. 91 (San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2008)
Vote 08: The 'Orphan Proposition' (KABC-TV, January 7, 2008)
Possible L.A. subway system in works (Daily Bruin, May 23, 2007)
Promenade to LACMA in 14 Minutes? (Santa Monica Lookout, February 5, 2007)
MTA to Run Orange Line Busway to Chatsworth (Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2006)
L.A. gets crash course in bus-lane decorum (Chicago Tribune, December 27, 2005 - republished by Seattle Times)
MTA Sees Success in Orange Line (Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2005)
MTA Rolls Out Name Change for New Valley Bus Corridor (Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2004)
MTA to Delay Cutbacks of Contractor Bus Lines (Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2003)
Private Citizens Dropped From MTA Board (Los Angeles Times, July 14, 2003)
5 New Rapid Bus Corridors for Valley OKd (Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2003)
Residents Renew Bid to Halt Valley Busway, Calling Crossings Hazardous (Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2002)
MTA to Roll Out Mobile Theater (Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2002)
Bus Riders Feel Stranded by Lack of Valley-to-Valley Runs (Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2002)
MTA Valley Chief Has a Tough Road Ahead (Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2002)
MTA OKs $5 Million for Disabled (Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2002)
Years Later, MTA Bus Dispute Back Where It Started (Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2002)
Valley Busway Plan Advances (Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2002)
Second-Class Transit? Los Angeles' Bus Riders Union Fights For Equal Treatment (E: The Environmental Magazine, September, 2001)
Raucous Protesters Denounce Proposal to Raise Bus Fares (Los Angeles Times, March 11, 1999)
(This is by no means a comprehensive list, since we are dependent on the online availability of articles.)



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