Transportation

71 cited for bogus disabled parking placards at L.A. County Fair in Pomona |Sep 13, 2017

Investigators checking disabled placards on vehicles parked outside the L.A. County Fair last weekend issued 71 misdemeanor citations for fraudulently using the parking passes, authorities said. California Department of Motor Vehicle investigators conducted the enforcement crackdown Sunday outside Pomona Fairplex,

After big reopening, LA’s Angels Flight railway is closed again |Sep 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Angels Flight, billed as the world’s shortest railway, should be back in operation on Wednesday or Thursday, a representative of the company operating the 116-year-old funicular said Tuesday.

Drive-by lawsuits target parking lots for quick cash: Susan Shelley |Sep 5, 2017

Suddenly, they appeared everywhere. Outside the sliding glass doors of supermarkets. On the sidewalks next to crosswalks. At the entrances to office buildings and hotels. What are those yellow plates on the ground with the ferocious bumpy surface that invites high heels to slip, trip, and win a date with an orthopedic surgeon? They’re called truncated domes, and they’re intended to make it easier for vision-impaired individuals to detect a curb next to traffic.

Motorcyclist killed in Malibu tunnel crash |Sep 4, 2017

MALIBU >> A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Malibu Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash took place a few minutes before 5 p.m. in Tunnel Number 1 in the 1600 block of Kanan Dume Road, south of Mulholland Drive, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.

Motorcyclist killed, another injured in 405 crash near Culver City |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A motorcyclist was killed and another rider suffered major injuries when they were involved in a crash with two vehicles on the 405 Freeway, at the outskirts of Culver City. The motorcyclist killed in the crash on the northbound freeway at Howard Hughes Parkway was identified as Daniel Steven Lape of Oceanside, the California Highway Patrol reported.

An LA Metro plan for big changes to San Fernando Valley transit is up for review |Sep 1, 2017

A transit plan that officials say could change the transportation landscape of the San Fernando Valley is up for public review. Metro has released a draft of the environmental impact report for the proposed East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor that – along with four other projects funded by Measure M -- the voter-approved half-cent sales tax.

Amtrak train strikes woman in apparent suicide |Sep 1, 2017

A woman in her 60s walked into the path of an Amtrak train and was killed Friday morning in Northridge, authorities said. The woman’s identification is pending family notification and she was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.

LA’s iconic Angels Flight railway climbs Bunker Hill once again |Aug 31, 2017

Dozens of people endured hellish heat Thursday morning in front of the bright, orange arch of Los Angeles’ iconic Angels Flight, for what many of them called a short, yet significant train ride to local history heaven.

LAX forecasts 888,000 travelers for Labor Day weekend; Friday busiest day |Aug 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles International Airport officials are forecasting that 888,000 passengers will pass through LAX over the four-day holiday weekend beginning Friday. If that forecast holds true, the number would be a 4.

Pacoima’s own Ritchie Valens is getting a stretch of the 5 Freeway named after him |Aug 31, 2017

PACOIMA >> A stretch of the 5 Freeway in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens, thanks to a bill approved by the state Legislature.

Man dies after being struck by truck in Canoga Park |Aug 29, 2017

CANOGA PARK >> A man in his 50s was killed Monday night when he was struck by a mini-pickup truck while crossing a street in Canoga Park. The crash was reported around 8:55 p.m. on Sherman Way just west of Shoup Avenue, said Sgt.

LAX program for Uber and Lyft matches drop-offs and pickups to speed vehicles through |Aug 28, 2017

Lyft and Uber riders at Los Angeles International Airport will spend less time waiting curbside for their ride if a new program at the airport is a success. Dubbed Rematch, the program pairs ride-hailing drivers dropping a passenger off at the airport with another traveler waiting to be picked up.

Wife of Don Rickles involved in Malibu crash on PCH |Aug 27, 2017

MALIBU >> The wife of the late comedy icon Don Rickles escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash involving a large truck along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

Man killed in Santa Clarita crash, car fire |Aug 27, 2017

SANTA CLARITA >> A 31-year-old man, possibly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was killed when his vehicle plummeted down an embankment and burst into flames near the 14 Freeway and Agua Dulce Canyon Road near Santa Clarita, authorities said Sunday.

E-bikes, combining pedaling with battery power, shift to higher sales gear |Aug 27, 2017

Christine Branom did something this summer that would chill most Southern Californians to the bone. She sold her car. And bought an electric bike. Now, the human-resources specialist commutes daily, sweat-free, to work from Marina del Rey to Playa del Rey — sometimes in heels and a dress.

Student Hyperloop team sets speed record at Hawthorne competition |Aug 27, 2017

Technical University of Munich’s Hyperloop prototype pod hit a record speed of more than 200 mph in the second annual competition for young engineers in Hawthorne on Sunday. The victory drew ecstatic cheers from the team and praise from

12-year-old, woman injured in 5 Freeway crash near Glendale |Aug 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A 12-year-old boy was gravely injured and a 35-year-old woman was critically injured Saturday in a four-vehicle traffic crash on the 5 Freeway, near the outskirts of Glendale. Another person suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash on the southbound freeway at Colorado Boulevard, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Angels Flight — LA’s historic little railway — is reopening. Here’s how much tickets will cost |Aug 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The historic Angels Flight railway in downtown Los Angeles, billed as the shortest railway in the world, will reopen on Thursday, it was reported Friday. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in March that the iconic railway would undergo a renovation and reopen by Labor Day, after it was closed in 2013 when one of the two rail cars came off the tracks.

Rescuers end Catalina search where overturned kayak was found |Aug 24, 2017

SAN PEDRO — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible missing person in the water near Long Point, where a yellow kayak was found overturned, authorities said today. The search was suspended after no reports of distress were received related to the overturned kayak, and search efforts yielded no results, officials said.

Dig it: Hawthorne approves Elon Musk’s test tunnel beneath city streets |Aug 23, 2017

Hawthorne leaders have signed off on construction of tech tycoon Elon Musk’s first test tunnel for electric vehicles extending west from SpaceX headquarters. The City Council approved the two-mile underground track Tuesday night in a 4-1 vote, with only Councilman Nilo Michelin dissenting.

Pedestrian fatally struck by Metrolink train in Pacoima |Aug 23, 2017

PACOIMA >> A pedestrian was fatally struck Wednesday night by a Metrolink train in Pacoima. The victim was hit about 8:10 p.m. near the 9800 block of San Fernando Road, near Branford Street, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Uber and Lyft drivers to protest low pay at LAX |Aug 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A demonstration planned by ride sharing drivers at Los Angeles International Airport is expected to cause some traffic delays at the Central Terminal Area today. The demonstration organized by Uber and Lyft drivers over their pay does not have anything directly to do with LAX.

Commuter train crash injures dozens in Pennsylvania |Aug 22, 2017

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A commuter train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator, a transit spokeswoman said.

US says some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain |Aug 22, 2017

SINGAPORE — Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S.

1 injured after Metrolink train hits car on tracks in Burbank |Aug 22, 2017

A commuter train traveling through Burbank struck a car on the tracks Tuesday evening, injuring a person in the vehicle, authorities said. The collision was reported just before 6:15 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the intersection of Buena Vista and Vanowen streets, according to Lt.

Runway safety improvements finished at LAX |Aug 21, 2017

All four runways at Los Angeles International Airport are operating at full strength following completion of mandatory safety improvements, an airport official said Monday. Congress required all of the nation’s airports to undertake Runway Safety Area improvements to provide an extra buffer zone if an aircraft overshoots, overruns or veers off a runway.

Crackdowns begin on seat-hoggers, loud talkers and manspreading on buses and trains |Aug 20, 2017

The woman seated next to them on the Metro Blue Line began speaking louder, and her words became more profane. She started cursing at her boyfriend who had his hand under her shirt. Then, when she announced in full voice she would take off her top and flash the train, that was the last straw.

10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker |Aug 20, 2017

SINGAPORE >> Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months.

Water main break prompts traffic tie ups in Hollywood |Aug 19, 2017

HOLLYWOOD >> A water main break disrupted service and affected traffic in Hollywood Friday, authorities said. It happened at 2:53 a.m. in the 1000 block of Vine Street, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

2 men suffer major injuries after head-on crash |Aug 17, 2017

Two men suffered major injuries after their vehicles struck each other head-on Wednesday night in unincorporated Los Angeles County between Valencia and Green Valley. The collision occurred at 9:15 p.

Lake Balboa fire hydrant sheared in 3-vehicle crash |Aug 17, 2017

Two people sustained minor injuries and a fire hydrant was damaged after a three-vehicle traffic collision Thursday in Lake Balboa, authorities said. The crash was reported at 9:23 a.m. at Balboa Boulevard and Sherman Way, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

Take a virtual ride on a Metro train to check out LAX’s Automated People Mover |Aug 17, 2017

A new video rendering of the Automated People Mover coming to Los Angeles International Airport gives passengers a birds-eye view of the automatic tram six years before it lands at the airport. The train is the centerpiece of the

What was that giant, weird-looking dome you saw on the road in Southern California? |Aug 17, 2017

If you see a massive, bizarre-looking, rusty dome traveling along a major highway and are wondering what the heck that is — yeah, we were curious, too. Turns out the gigantic piece of mystery equipment, which puzzled Southern California drivers from Corona to Norco to Westminster and Seal Beach early Thursday morning, is a reactor bound for the Chevron refinery in El Segundo.

Body scanners screen passengers on Metro’s Red Line subway in LA |Aug 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives.

LA heads in new direction — diagonal — with new ‘funky’ Van Nuys ‘scramble’ crosswalk |Aug 14, 2017

As city officials unveiled the San Fernando Valley’s first scramble crosswalk at a bustling intersection near the Van Nuys City Hall on Monday, a few onlookers across the street were watching with some puzzlement.

1 killed in 14 Freeway crash near Santa Clarita |Aug 13, 2017

SANTA CLARITA >> A person was killed Sunday in a fiery crash involving at least two vehicles on the 14 Freeway near Santa Clarita. The crash on the southbound freeway, north of Soledad Canyon Road, occurred a little before 5:30 a.

2 LA County sheriff’s squad cars crash into each other on PCH in Malibu |Aug 13, 2017

MALIBU >> Two sheriff’s squad cars apparently crashed into each other on Pacific Coast Highway near Point Dume Sunday, and one deputy was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The crash was at about 7:10 a.

Bicyclist killed in South LA hit-and-run |Aug 12, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A bicyclist, possibly a man between the age of 45 to 50, was struck and killed Saturday by a hit-and-run motorist in South Los Angeles. Officers were dispatched about 2:30 a.

1 dead, 26 injured after car plows into group at Charlottesville white nationalist rally |Aug 12, 2017

VIRGINIA >> A hospital official says one person has died and 26 were injured after a car plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville. University of Virginia Medical Center spokeswoman Angela Taylor confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

Man, woman critical following 2-car crash in Arleta |Aug 12, 2017

ARLETA >> A man and a woman were in critical condition Saturday after a two-car crash in Arleta, authorities said. It was reported at 7:15 p.m. at 13816 West Osborne St., Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Caltrans has 1,100 jobs to fill. Here’s why |Aug 11, 2017

Looking for a job? Caltrans says it’s hiring. The state’s department of transportation announced Friday that it’s looking to fill more than 1,100 open positions. The department is planning a series of career fairs across the state to recruit potential employees.

LA leader says time is up for ‘antiquated’ crosswalk laws |Aug 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has voiced his support for state legislation that would allow pedestrians to cross a street even if the crosswalk countdown has already begun.

4 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Reseda |Aug 10, 2017

RESEDA >> Four people were injured Thursday in a multi-vehicle crash in Reseda. The crash was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 17700 block of West Sherman Way, west of White Oak Avenue, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

5 Freeway improvements in Santa Clarita announced today; continues through summer 2019 |Aug 9, 2017

A $171 million Caltrans project to construct new pavement on approximately 16 miles of the 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita will be formerly announced

Man wearing headphones critically injured after falling near passing train in Pacoima |Aug 9, 2017

PACOIMA >> A man wearing headphones and standing on railroad tracks was injured Wednesday morning when he fell on rocks adjacent to the tracks as a train approached him, authorities said. Paramedics went to the 11300 block of North San Fernando Road shortly after 8 a.

Caltrans to replace, repair 16 miles of 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita Valley |Aug 9, 2017

SANTA CLARITA >> Caltrans officials Wednesday broke ground on a roadway-rehabilitation project for the 5 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley. The $171 million project will replace and repair pavement on about 16 miles of freeway.

Man killed on southbound 5 Freeway in Sylmar |Aug 9, 2017

SYLMAR >> A man was struck by multiple vehicles and killed Wednesday when he got out of a car on the 5 Freeway in Sylmar. Authorities began receiving reports about 5:10 p.m. first of a dead animal and then of a person down on the southbound side of the freeway south of Roxford Street near the 405 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Man in custody on suspicion of DUI after 3-vehicle crash in Palmdale kills one |Aug 8, 2017

PALMDALE >> A 26-year-old man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of DUI after allegedly causing a three-vehicle crash that killed a 53-year-old man in Palmdale. The crash was reported at 8:36 p.

Power back on for LADWP Valley Glen customers |Aug 8, 2017

All power is back on for Valley Glen residents after a power pole was struck, authorities said Tuesday. A vehicle hit the power pole around 8 p.m. Monday at Sherman Way and Coldwater Canyon Avenue, initially causing 1,047 Valley Glen customers to lose their electricity, said Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokesman Albert Rodriguez.

Motorcyclist suffers ‘severe’ injuries after Northridge crash |Aug 8, 2017

A motorcyclist could possibly lose a leg after a collision with a vehicle in Northridge, authorities said Tuesday. The collision occurred before 6 a.m. at Balboa and Roscoe boulevards, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Larry Wright.