EMPLOYEE MAGAZINE OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Th e MTA pays tribute to itsfrout-linc cniplo
In this issue:
4 Transit Police are being
merged into the LAPD and
CEO Thoughts & Thanks
5 The ATTBthis year for on-the-
"stealth bus" rolls
road testing. I'm very pleased to note the emphasis in ing with employees to share more of my
this issue on the quality, dedieation, loyal- vision and to get your input on how we can
a Top operators, maintenance
ty and even the heroie character of the peo- improve.
M and phone information em-
ployees are named for 1995. ple who are members of our Metro Family. A leader passes
I am inspired by Second, the construction program I was honored to speak at the funeral,
MTA libraty reaches into the example they must stay on track and within budget. We May 21, of a leader I had come to admire
cyberspace for the latest and their hard-working colleagues set are on the threshold of losing control of in my short time at the MTA. Earl Clark,
transportation information. every day as we all endeavor to provide the nur construction program. Already, mil- general chairman of the United Trans-
best of transportation service and plan- lions of dollars in financial capital have portation Union, was a man of vision. A
9 Artist Ferrol Yeakle captures fing to the people of Los Angeles County. been lost and political support has waned. man whose life-long concern was for the
the outdoors on her colorful In fact, it is with this dedication of purpose We must not let this continue. welfare of others. Not only for the mem-
canvasses. in mind that I began in May to reorganize I am committed to eompleting this bers of his union, but also for the transit
the top echelons of the MTA. vital link in our transportation system. To riders they serve.
I have outlined much of the reorgani- do this, we will work with the CEOs of the This far-reaehing concern propelled
zation of my staff to you in recent GEO construction companies that build nur Earl into the forefront of labor leaders and
Cover photo: (I_ to R) Sterling
Hampton, Joe Ellis, and Kevin
Reports. Elsewhere in this issue is another projects. Together, we will work to ensure gave him an important role in the life of
Doan. For more news about story about organizational ehanges. I that these projects are completed in a our community. He also was a force to
Ernployees of the year, please believe, however, that I should give you responsible and timely manner. reckon with during lahm- negotiations. His
see pages 6 and 7. further insight into my thinking and the And third, we have an obligation as a influence and leadership were always key
(Photo: Clarence Hendricks)
vision behind the reorganization. regional planning agency to partner with in the bargaining process. There could be
The MTA has a challenge and a mis- all 88 eitles in Los Angeles County. Our no settlement without Earl's agreemcnt.
sion unlike that of any other transporta- mission statement must he reviscd In my eulogy, I saluted a man of
tion organization in the United States. We include nur role as a funding and plan ni ng courage and integrity, a man who had
are the only agency building an Advanced partner with these cities and the munici- strength of heart, a man with a passion
Technology Transit Bus (ATTB); we are pal operators who also provide service to for what he believed in. I am happy to
the only agency building dozens of miles transit riders. have this opportunity to salute Earl Clark
of new rau l lines; and we are the only In the next few months, I will be meet- once again.
agency with a mandate to plan, build,
operate and fund the transportation for an
entire region. IN MEMORIAM
To do this we must become an organi-
zation capable of responding to the chal-
lenges that lie ahead. This means that
each one of us, you and I, must become
leaders. And I must have a leadership
team that is committed to this vision and
determined to make a difference.
A nionthly Editor:
We must know our responsibility and
employee Bill Heard
publication execute it well. The MTA must he a cus-
of the Los tomer-driven organization in which each
Angeles County one of us has a passion for serving our cus-
Meh-opolitan Executive Officer,
Rae James Clearly, we are at a cross roads in the
life of the MTA. The challenges cannot be
Internat minimized and they must be met with
Communications commitment and determination.
and Executive Our first challenge is to improve bus
Editor: service. We must recognize that the men
Phyllis Tucker Earl Clark, who died May 17 at age 70, had served as general chairrnan of the United
and women who drive our buses have
Manager, Transportation Union since 1971. Clark joined the Pacific Electric Railway after serv-
perhaps the most difficult job in the orga-
nization. Our leadership challenge is to ing in the Navy during World War II. He was elected vice local chairrnan of the UTU in
Al Moore 1962 and local chairrnan in 1966. Clark is survived by his wife, Audrey, sons Earl Roy
get them the resources that they need to
provide safe, clean, reliable and on-time II and Gerald R., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Drew reorganizes top-level staff
Moves intended to invigorate leadership, decision-making
I n a move to further strengthen and
shape the MTA's top leadership,
GEO Joe Drew has reorganized his Who is Jim
staff of direct reports by creating
several new positions and making
both permanent and interim appoint-
ments to executive positions.
The newly created positions include
two slots for deputy chief executive offi-
cer. One will be responsible for Metro
Construction and Transit Operations and
the other will oversee the Finance
Department, including the budget func-
tion, and Administration.
Linda Bohlinger has been named
deputy GEO for the latter slot and will fill
die other deputy GEO position until a per-
manent appointment can be made. She
also will have an advisory role on state and
Federal funding for two other departments: ames P. Reichert, interirn
Regional Transportation Planning and executive officer, Transit
Development and die Government Operations, retired as
Relations Department. CEO Joe Drew was one of the first MTA employees to drop his payroll deduction form into the contribu- chief operating officer/
tions box held by Dominique Grinnell of Internal Communications. The campaign ends lune 21.
"Splitting the responsibilities for our assistant executive officer
major departments between two deputy of the OCTA after 30 years. He
CEOs should greatly expedite decision- tinue his duties as the MTA's lead attorney. ments will report to the Chief of Staff. served as General Manager of the
making and move things along more "I'm grateful to Dave Kelsey for agree- They are: OCTD, prior to its merger with the
quickly," said Drew. "Overseeing such ing to step in to this position while we • Organizational Development and county transportation commission.
massive programs was just too much for recruit for a permanent executive officer," Management, to be headed by Pat He also had served as director of
one deputy CEO and eventually could said Prew. McLaughlin, former interim executive operations and director of planning
have impeded our progress." Jim de la Loza, former deputy execu- officer for Planning and Programming. and engineering with OCTD.
Named to head Transit Operations as tive officer for multi-modal planning, was As direetor of organizational develop- Reichert has served as a mem-
interim executive officer was James P. named interim executive officer for die ment, her primary task will be to seek ber of the board of directors, and
Reichert, former chief operating officer/ Regional Transportation Planning and ways to improve the MTA's decision- chairman of the bus operations
assistant executive officer of the Orange Development unit, previously titled Plan- making and to restructure the organi- committee of the American Public
County Transportation Authority (OCTA). ning and Programming. The unit has been zation to be more customer service- Transit Assoc. He also has sei-ved as
In that post, he was responsible for ageney renamed to more accurately reflect its oriented. chairman of the executive commit-
consoliclatiOn following the merger of the responsibility for regional transportation • Employee Relations, formerly a depart- tee of the California Transit Assoc.
transit distriet and the county transporta- planning. ment of Human Resources, headed by He is a recipient of the Outstanding
tion eommission. In bis new position, de la Loza will he Raman Raj. Public Administrator Award.
"Having an experienced transit execu- responsible for capital planning, multi- • Equal Opportunity, headed by Gail Reichert earned a bachelor's
tive like Jim Reichert on board will be modal planning, operations planning and Charles. degree in industrial economics at
immensely valuable to the MTA during the scheduling, and countywidc transporta- • Management Audit Services, formerly Purdue University. He also has par-
interim period," said Drew. "He and his tion planning, as well as for the transit Internal Audit, headed by Anthony ticipated in various transportation,
department have a full platc with the improvement program. Padilla, and the engineering and business programs
many service enhancements we're plan- Drew's staff reorganization also creat- • Office of the CEO, to be headed by at Carnegie-Mellon University, UCLA,
ning." ed a new position for Chief of Staff, to be .ludy Schwartze. In that position, she USC, Stanford University and the
David Kelsey, county counsel, also was filled on an interim basis by Rae James, will manage the day-to-day operations University of Pennsylvania. II
given an interim appoin tment as executive 'ho will continitc her duties as executive of the CEO's office. •
officer for Administration. Kelsey will con- officer for Communications. Five depart-
Transit Police merger should enhance safety
for bus, rau l riders
Merger will improve benefits, protection for police officers
n a move intended to enhance the With more than 500 authorized posi-
safety of MTA riders and provide tions, the Transit Police had become the
the ageney with increased transit tenth largest police department in
law enforcement capabilities, the California. The merger will provide an
Board will review at its July meet- increase in staffing of 58 full-time posi-
ing a proposed multi-year contract to tions. The additional officers will he
merge the Transit Police with the Los assigned to improve police service on the
Angeles Police Department and the Los Metro Bus system.
Angeles County Sheriffs Department. The merger will provide the MTA's
Under the proposed merger, Transit current poliee ()Meers with increased ben-
Police officers and support staff will become efits and protections as members of the
members of either the LAPD or of the Sheriff s LAPD/LASD partnership. lt also will
Department. The MTA would turn over improve the law enforcement communica-
responsibility for patrolling the Metro Blue tions system and the emergency response
and Green lines to the Sheriffs Department capability.
and the Metro Red Line to the LAPD. "It's been a difficult decision to recom-
Responsibility for patrolling MTA bus mend this merger,' says Bohlinger. `But,
lines would be assigned to whichever of Lt. Ernie Munoz (center) conducts a briefing during roll-call at Transit Police headquarters. we believe this will be a win/win situation.
the two law enforcement agencies has Our customers are getting increased ser-
jurisdietion in a given area, but the two "This merger will provide a significant- rently experiencing," says Linda Bohl- vices, the agency is saving money and nur
agencies will closely coordinate their ly higher level of police proteetion at inger, deputy CEO. The MTA's cost would officers are getting better benefits and
activities and communications. essentially the same cost the MTA is eur- he $49.3 million. inereased protection." •
Tales from the fast lane The best entries will win a range of
prizes, including a Continental Airlines
trip for two anywhere in the U.S., Mexico
Carpoolers share stories from their rideshare experiences or the Caribbean and $1,000 in spending
money provided by Bank of America and
"I noticed one lady (in our carpool who) 134/Ventura Freeway carpool lanes. Carpool lanes are the MTA's second largest
looked familiar...we started sharing our Together with the adjoining 1-210 Foothill eapital investment after the Metro Rail "Since 1972, I have walked to a vanpool
childhood stories and I was shocked to Freeway, the lanes will stretch some 31 construction program. pickup spot. I don't need a car. (I) figure
discover she was my long-lost sister!" miles, the longest continuous carpool very conservatively...a savings of
Covina carpooler lanes in the county. ‘`...we saw the aircraft plummet to the $/06,560."
"We like to say that using a carpool ground...13 of us had just completed nur Thousand Oaks vanpooler
The Covina woman who described the lane at peak hours will save commuters a American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
joy of reuniting with her younger sister, minute a mile," says Jody Feerst, manager classes that day...We triaged the victims Family Fitness Centers, Polo Tours and
after years of separation following the of the MTA's Congestion Management and had everything under control when Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Queen
death of their parents, is one of some 500 Program. "This time savings provides a the first responders arrived." Mary and Champaign Cruises also provid-
"Tales from the Fast Lane" submitted to tremendous incentive for solo commuters Torrance vanpooler ed prizes. All entrants, will receive a free
the MTA Marketing Department reeently to make a switch. By the end of 1998, we MTA cmwinter coffee mug and other gifts.
by carpoolers and vanpoolers. will have opened more than 100 new miles To get the "Tales" contest started, the "The contest empliasizes that ride-
The MTA, along with CalTrans, of carpool lanes, more than douhling the MTA distributcd entry forms to 2,000 eor- sharing saves money and time, helps
Southern California Association of existing earpool network." porate employee trhnsportation eoordina- reduee pollution and eongestion, and can
Governments and Southern California Total cost of all 100 new miles of car- tors and to the three major vanpool he fun," says Liz MeGowan, Marketing
Rideshare, co-sponsored the "Tales" con- pool lanes is approximately $500 million, companies that, among them, operate Department communications officer. "We
test to promote the opening this month of with the majority—$300 million—funded more than 200 vanpools. The contest also wanted a sure-fire way of publieizing
the final 3.6-mile segment of the Rt. by the MTA from state and local grants. began in mid-March and closed April 30. the opening of the new lanes." 111
ATTB turns a corner on the future of transit
Bus manufacturers take notice as first prototype is built
I last month, bus manufac-
, ate powered by a fuel-efficient hybrid electric supervisor, with five more prototypes due transit properties across the U.S. to assure
turers gathered at Northrop engine that could almost triple the mileage by the end of 1997. that the waches will perform well in all
Grumman Corp. in El Seg- over conventional buses. An electrical Four prototypes will be field-tested at types of weather and road conditions.
undo to take a good look at braking system will significantly improve
what the MTA and other the life of brake pads from about 25,000
operators bclieve will be the future of mass miles between changes to as much as
transit in the United States: The Advanced 150,000 miles.
Technology Transit Bus (ATTB). Despite the innovative blending of
The MTA lttunelied the $51.25 million aerospace and automotive design that
ATTB project in 1992 in partnership with went into the ATTB, a major goal of the
the Federal Transit Administration as a project is to use pre-existing technology
means of developing a totally new transit and component parts that will be general-
bus that would be light-weight, have a lox_v____, ly available to manufacturers.
floor and J.ero emissions, and would cost "The designers took elements off the
less to operate than existing transit buses. shelf in the aerospaee and defense indus-
With the first of six ATTB prototypes try that were foreign to the bus industry,"
now in the assembly phase, the manufac- says Johnson. "This transfer of technology
turers are sitting up and taking noticc. is the most significant updating of the bus
They're eoncerned about how this new industry since the 1950s."
bus—built of space-age composite materi- The first prototype ATTB is scheduled
als and blending aerospace technology to be completed in October, according to
with down-to-earth automotive compo- Jim Pachan, MTA equipment engineering A17B "m o bi le test bed" vehicle evaluates new technology.
ncnts—will affect the transit coach mar-
ket and their future as manufacturers.
"This is a small market and it's hard A world just for children
for bus manufacturers to make dramatic
changes because of die expense involved MTA Child Gare Center provides nurturing environment for kids
compared to their potential vehicle sales,"
explains Jeff Johnson, MTA director of
Equipment Engineering and supervisor of children's oasis. That's how nation's best employer-supported child Center project manager. "They can be
the ATTB program. Dr. Karen IIill-Scott, the care centers, according to Hill-Scott. The together going to and from work and visit
And, dramatic the changes will be. MTA's child care consultant, staff will spend much of the next two years during lunch hours. It's a comfort knowing
As designed by the Northrop Grum- describes the new Child working to gain accreditation by the your child is nearby and in good hands."
man team, which includes MTA engineers, Care Center adjacent to the National Association for the Education of 011 the north end of the first floor, a
the 40-foot ATTB will have a body and Gateway Headquarters building. Young Children. Only about 3,000 child large play arca is open to the weather, but
structural components made of corrosion- The 15,800-square foot, two-story care centers in the nation are recognized is protected by decorative metal grilles. A
free composites similar to those used in building features facilities for infants by this prestigious organization. 4-inch poured rubber floor permits free
Northrop's stealth aircraft (thus the nick- under age 1, for toddlers, ages 2 to 3, and Parents dropping off their kids each play while preventing injuries to toddlers.
name "Stealth Bus"). for pre-schoolers, ages 4 and 5. The center morning can enter the child care center's A rooftop play area for 4- and 5-year-
Use of composites could reduee the includes playrooms, restrooms with child- reeeption arca either from the Plaza or by olds, with a circular tricycle path, a small
eurb weight of a bus by as much as 4,000 sized fixtures, spacious closets and cabinets elevator from the parking building. The lawn and a large tree, dominates the build-
pounds. Adding other light-weight features for equipment, and an outdoor play arca. children's zones are secured behind ing's second floor.
is expected to achieve an overall reduction "We wanted to create a space that, even loeked doors. Parents will be issued spe- The MTA's Child Care Center will be
of about 10,000 pounds below the weight though it was in an industrial area, would cial identification passes and will be operated by the Prodigy Division of
of either a conventional or compressed be a world just for children," says Hill- encouraged to visit the center at any time. Children's Discovery Centers of San
natural gas bus. Sooft. "lt would be their environment and "One of the advantages of co-locating Rafael. The company also operates centers
The ATTB will have a low floor and a give the children a sense of ownership." the child care center with the Head- for several departments of the County of
simple wheelchair ramp system that will Based on building design and equip- quarters building is to give parents more Los Angeles, IBM, TRW, Xerox., General
meet or exceed Americans with Disab- ment, program quality and staff-to-ehild time with their children," says Kathi Motors and the U.S. State Department,
ilities Act (ADA) requirements. lt will be ratio, the MTA's facility will be among the Harper of Human Resources, Child Care among others. •
LVÜ'HMHIg n,H3 uveue7ii
They provide MTA took over the Union
person has with the MTA." The
Station East Portal, mid-week, operators set "the tone of our
our customers for a ceremony honoring all relationship with that very cru-
cial element in the business
with high- At the awards luncheon, equation: achieving customer
GEO Joe Drew described the satisfaction," she added.
quality, reliable employees of the year and James called to the podium
month as "exemplary models Maria Alamilla, the Customer
and friendly for this organization in provid- Information Employee of the
service. ing our customers with high-
quality, reliable, and friendly
Year, who also had been named
Information Operator of the
service." Month for November, 1995. Ala-
1 t was a warm, sunny day MTA Director James Cragin milla, who lives in Los Angeles,
in May and purple ja- expressed the Board's apprecia- has received monthly honors
caranda blossoms drif- tion to the winners and pointed on four previous occasions dur-
ted down onto luncheon out the important role the ing her six years with the MTA.
tables set up in the operator-maintenance employ- Sterling IIampton, who won
Union Station courtyard as the ee team plays in putting service his monthly honor last October,
MTA honored five of its best on the street every day. He was named Bus Operator of the
employees for their outstanding noted that the MTA was pre- Year for 1995. An Operator with
performances in 1995. sented the American Public the MTA for 35 years, the Los
On a table under the trees Transit Association's presti- Angeles resident drives Line
sat five large gold trophies with gious Safety Award at its recent 212 between Inglewood and
the names of the 1995 bus and convention. Hollywood. In all those years,
raul operators of the year, the "The service you provide is Hampton has never had an
maintenance employees of the critical to the community," avoidable accident or used any
year for bus and rau, and the said Director Mel Wilson, who sick time.
customer information operator presented the awards on Metro Red Line Operator Joe
of the year. Arranged alongside behalf of the Board. "The Ellis of West Covina, was named
were medallions on white rib- Board understands the chal- top rail Operator for 1995. A
bons for each of those who had lenge you face day to day, and train operator for the past six
won monthly awards. we support you." years, Ellis transferred to the
The luncheon and awards Communications Executive rail division after a distin-
presentation was the first event Officer Rae James said the cus- guished 20-year career as a bus
in the MTA's celebration of "Try tomer information operators operator.
Transit Week," May 13-17. The are "often the first contact a Phillip Rodriguez, a mainte-
MT2 MUECIM CIT
t for 95
(upper left) 1995 Bus Operator of the Year
Sterling Hampton (L) shares a moment with top
raul operator, Joe Ellis, and Kevin Doan, raul
maintenance employee of the year. (WR) Maria AH in a
Alamilla, 1995 Telephone Information Operator
of the Year. (below) Bus Maintenance
Employee of the Year Phillip Rodriguez of the
Regional Rebuild Center. Hollywood, 7 am., May 7. MTA Operator
nance employee for 26 years, Tim Taylor is heading bis Line 2 bus east
on Sunset. At the intersection with Wilton,
was named top bus mahlte-
a homeless man steps onto the bus, pays
nance employee. The Chino his fare and takes a seat.
resident was recognized In his packet, the man has concealed a
for his superior technical gun. He has been spotted shooting at cars
from the Hollywood Freeway overpass.
knowledge and was eredited
Alerted by a TV cameraman, poliee are
with initiating new proeedures enroute to the scene.
that resulted in a 50 percent Suddenly, Taylor receives a radio call
increase in productivity of the from Bus Control. Dispatcher James
Eleetrical Parts Section at the Adams describes the suspect and Taylor
confirms he's aboard. Adams outlines a On Nov. 18, 1995, Operator Richard Bus Control Dispatcher James Adams (I) and
Regional Rebuild Center.
plan to fake a breakdown and get Taylor's Brady of Division 8 risked his life by Operator Tim Taylor recall their teamwork in
The rail maintenance em- 15 passengers off the bus safely. pulling a woman and two children from a handling a situation, May 7, when a gunman
boarded Taylor's bus in Hollywood.
ployee for 1995 was Kevin Bringing the bus slowly to the curb, wrecked car he feared was in danger of
Doan, a rail maintenance spe- Taylor, a six-year MTA veteran, an- catching fire from spilled gasoline. The to tackle the man and bring him to the
nounces that he has engine trouble. He woman lost her life, but the two children ground to prevent the accident.
cialist for the past five years.
ushers everyone off the bus. reeovered from their injuries. Brady, an On Feb. 20, 1996, Operator Harris D.
The Westminster resident was "I did my best to play that out," Taylor MTA Operator for 10 years, told local Johnson of Division 5 administered CPR
honored for simplifying the teils Channel 5 News of his bogus mechan- newspapers he is "no hero and that any- for 10 minutes to a male passenger who
MTNs preventive maintenance ical problem. "I didn't want anybody to one would have done the same thing." suffered a heart attack on bis Line 212 •
panic or get hurt." On July 26, 1995, Operator Michael bus. Johnson was able to flag down a pass-
inspection procedure, and re-
Police immediately surround the bus Cole of Division 5 reseued two children ing fire truck and obtain assistance for the
ducing the time required for and isolate the gunman from the other from a runaway automobile at the risk of passenger who later recovered.
inspections by 10 percent. passengers. The suspect refuses to hand his life. One wheel of the automobile was MTA files list hundreds of operators
At a news conferenee, May over his weapon. Police surround the bus dangling over the edge of a parking struc- who receive cornmendations each year
and a two-hour standoff begins. ture on Hollywood Boulevard when Cole from bus and train passengers. Five who
15, MTA Chairman Larry
Later, after the suspect is disarmed managed to pull the handbrake. "I thank have received 10 or more commendations
Zarian presented the year's and taken away, both the police and the God that he gave me the push I needed to in the past two years are:
honorees to the media and news media credit Taylor with keeping a stop that car," Cole said later. Mary Collins of Division 6, an Operator
saluted "the men and women cool head and playing a major role in Nate Castillo, a rail transit operations since 1975, Yuckle Eubanks of Division 7,
who have served the public to bringing the situation to a peaceful end. supervisor at Division 11, narrowly avoid- an operator since 1976, Jimi Green of
Tim Taylor and James Adams are only ed being struck by a train when he pre- Division 18, an operator since 1984,
the utmost of their ability for
the latest of many bus and raul operators vented a pedestrian from belog hit while Ruhen Hemandez of Division 5, an opera-
the past year. These individuals and other MTA employees who have crossing the Metro Blue Line tracks on tor since 1987, and Carl Sanders of
set the standard for all of our
employees to follow." • earned kudos for heroic actions. Dec. 20, 1995. A witness said Castillo had Division 2, an operator since 1993. •
MTA Library is a multi-media resource for
CDs, Internet access extend library's reach
G ee-Whiz facts you should
know: The largest transit
agency library in the
nation is on the 15th floor
of the MTA's Gateway
Headquarters building. lt houses more
than 20,000 volumes and has room for
30,000. lt has CD-Rom and Internet capa-
bilities. lt stores bus passes dating to the
1890's. lt serves not only employees, but
patrons as distant as Iran. lt has two mag-
"There's an old library adage," says
Dorothy Gray, library services manager
for the past eight years, "that you can't
open a library without an encyclopedia, a
dictionary and a magnifying glass. I bought
That kind of planning by the Columbia access to home pages sponsored by many tokens. Hundreds of historical pho-
University-trained librarian has helped transit properties, including an MTA home tographs of the city's trolley and bus sys-
the MTA's library grow from its status in page beginning later this year. tems. Deeds from properties once owned
1971 as merely a repository for old reports Resources like these have doubled the by MTA predecessor agencies. Pins,
and documents to today's modern multi- growth of library patronage and tripled the badges, shoulder patches, buttons, and
media center capable of providing infor- number of phone calls, Gray notes. During even an 18-inch model of a yellow and
mation about an increasingly wide range the first three months of 1995, some 2,300 green 1947 L.A. Transit Company bus.
of transportation-related topics. In addi- patrons used the library. In the same peri- "I would invite anyone who has histor-
tion to Gray, the staff includes Librarian od this year, more than 4,600 patrons ical items relating to Los Angeles transit to
Glenda Mariner and a student intern. dropped in for assistance. donate them to the library," Gray says.
Remember the card catalog you once Aside from the information resources, Items she's interested in include trolley or
used to find books at the library? At the not a few employees and members of the bus seats, station signs, uniform items, old
MTA library, you'll access a computer cat- public come to view some of Gray's fare boxes and registers, route indicators,
alog system to find the book or periodical favorites, the transportation memorabilia. roller signs, maps and historic promotion-
you want. And if the MTA library doesn't The library has an entire cabinet filled al items.
have the publication, Gray can get it for with real estate records dating from the "Our presence here is one of service,"
you through an interlibrary network. 1920s to the 1970s. There's a leather- says Gray. "Whenever you walk into our
Plug a CD into one of the library's com- bound 1915 study of a proposal to build a library, there's almost always something
puters and you can search the Unites subway in Los Angeles. Jars of transit we can do for you.".
States legal codes, check a historical fact (above, left) MTA Library Manager Dorothy Gray
or locate an article in a recent periodical. The MTA Library is open daily from (r) and Intern Margarita Nelgoza check
Want to volunteer at the library?
7:30 am. until 4:30 p.m. for employee references with the library's computer system.
Bus scheduling planners frequently use a
(top) The library's work room, located on the
CD that shows map locations of street Library Services Manager Dorothy Gray is use. The publie may use the library on
15th floor at the Gateway Headquarters, is open
addresses. You can plan a detailed, cross- looking for volunteers to assist with special Mondes from 8 am. until 12 noon and
for use by employees and the public. (above)
projects from time to time. You would work on Thursdays from 11 am. until 3 p.m.,
country trip from L.A. to New York City Librarian Glenda Mariner returns a book to the
during lunch hours or other off-dtrty times. tf
with a library CD, or get information about or during other hours and days by stacks. The MTA libraty has more than 20,000
you're interested, please call the librarian at
heart diseases or prescription medicines. appointment. The library's phone num- volumes and other items available to users.
And, of course, there's the Internet with ber is 922-4858 or 922 4859.
The evolution of a landscape artist
Moving from amateur to semi-pro is artist's next big step
F errol Yeakle has made many
transitions in her life. A pho-
tolithographer who works in
the MTA's Printing Services
By Bill Heard
Department, Yeakle was born
in Long Beach, has lived in Virginia,
served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked
in Florida and Texas, and has reared a
daughter as a single mothcr.
Along the way, she earned a college
degree in fine arts and has become a tal-
ented amateur landscape paintcr. Nov,
she wants to make another transition, this
one from amateur to semi-professional
"In the last six to eight years, I've
become stable enough in my painting style
to consider selling my work," says Yeakle.
"I've hemme more independent as an
artist, trying to follow my own dream."
Since the mid-1980s, Yealde has senting the earth. spend a few quiet hours recreating the (above) Artist Ferrol Yeakle adds brush strokes
developed her skills as an outdoor artist, "Wisdom, peace and serenity," says scenery on canvas. She credits a former to an ohl painting of Franklin Lake in the Santa
Monica Mountains. Ibelow) In the MTA's
creating landscapes and seascapes she Yeakle. "These are the virtues God meant painting instruetor, whose group she
printing department, Yeakle works on the
describes as "American Impressionism," a for men and women to have." joined in 1985, with helping her get start-
negative of a soon-to-be-piinted brochure.
style in which the artist's emotional per- There was little serenity in Houston ed as an outdoor painter.
ception is more important than an exact Miere she was living when the local econ- "From working with that group I f000d
rendering of a scene. Her current painting omy went belly-up in the early 1980s. So, my places to paint," she says. "And I equipment.
of a woodland lake is an example. Yeakle and her daughter, Barbara Joy, leamed how to get my gear together." She Her current painting partner, a woman
"I had to move a tree from the right moved to back to California, locating ini- had been using a heavy, awkward studio whose work she admires, has influenced
side of the scene because it didn't seem to tially in Whittier. She first worked at a easel that was impossible to backpack and Yealde's paintings and has inspired her to
fit," she says. "1'm pleased with the colors printing plant in Santa Fe Springs, and drew laughter from her fellow studcnts. take on new challenges. She hopes, for
1'm using, but I have more work to do on then took a job in 1987 as a photolithogra- The French-built easel she now uses is example, to have her paintings exhibited
the ripples caused by the wind on the pher in the former RTD's print shop. light, portable and holds most of her in the L.A. County Art Museum's "rental
lake." Photolithographers—called "strippers" gallery," where corporations can rent art
Painting lakes and other outdoor in the printing trades—assemble ("strip") works for their offices. The artist and
seenery is, itself, a transition from Yealde's type, photographs, illustrations and other museum split the revenues from the
earlier style of "hard-edged geometrics." elements of a Page design. A photo nega- rentals.
Beginning in high school, she used acrylic tive then is made of the layout and a print- Meantime, Yealde is concentrating on
paints to create stars, circles, squares and ing plate is made from the negative. The the woodland hake scene, working to
other shapes that cxpressed her interest in plate goes on the printing press. achieve the correct tone and form of the
graphic arts. This is exacting work, performed in a painting.
"I eame from the 60's generation when semi-darkened room over a back-lightcd "I paint from a responsive level," she
Pop ad was füg," Yeakle recalls. "lt was work table. And while the work is creative says. "I try to become a part of the environ-
part of my culture." and satisfying, print shops—with their ment, to avoid intruding into the scene."
One painting from this period, entitled large printing presses and other machin- And maybe she'll one day achieve her
"God and Wisdom," is of a square sur- ery pounding away in the background— real artistic ambition. "I want to be as good
rounding a Latin cross. The word "God" are noisy places to work. as Van Gogh or John Singer Sargeant," she
appears above die cross and goodness, So, it's no wonder that Yeakle enjoys says, with only a hint of humor.
expressed in such words as wisdom, peace shouldering her collapsible easel and hik- For Ferrol Yeakle, that would be only
and serenity, mins down on a circle repre- ing into the Santa Monica Mountains to another in a series of transitions. •
TeleVillage is tomorrow's information resource
Bus and rau l provide direct links to Compton facility
T he future is now at the MTA-
sponsored Metro Blue Line
TeleVillage, a telecommuni-
the technology available at the center.
"A lot of children can't get out of their
environment," Tabor says. "But here, with
cations and information our Computers, they can learn about many
facility that opened last things, from animals in Asia to politics in
Mareh at the Compton Transit Center. Europe. They can broaden their horizons."
The first development of its kind that Between March 29 and mid-May, the
links raul and bus transit with telecommu- TeleVillage provided computer, video-con-
nications technology, the $559,000 ferencing and business services to more
TeleVillage has drawn national media than 300 people, says Tabor. Annual
attention as the newest concept for pro- memberships range from $5 for students
viding public access via computer to busi- and $20 for family memberships to $50 for
ness, government, job opportunities and organizations.
education. The TeleVillage is open from 8:30 am.
"The TeleVillage is capable of becom- until 8 p.m., weekdays, and from 9 am. to
ing a virtual City in which patrons will 5 p.m. on Saturdays.It is located at 300
have access to information and business North Willowbrook Avenue, Compton.
resources without driving into the city, For membership information, call 310-
itself," says Megan Zimmermann, 604-7717. •
A Centinela High School student demonstrates his computer skills for Rashid Bahati, an ins-tructor with
TeleVillage project manager. "You'll be the Compton Unilied School District, during a tour of the Metro Blue Line Televillage.
able to renew a driver's license or a vehicle
registration, change your address through
transit services that will reaeh the grcatest
a computer link with the Postai Service, or
access any number of information
lmproving LA's bus service is a number of people. The third element
The TeleVillage has a computer lab
high priority for the MTA entails providing new services, including
transportation to link major employment
centers, shopping areas, medical centers
Focus is on communities and the transit-dependent
with 12 Pentium computers featuring
and recreation facilities with residential
Windows 95; a video-conferencing room;
a library with computers capable of trans-
roviding for the transportation Bus System Improvement Plan, is respon- The final element of implementation
mitting documents to distant points; a
needs of an area as diverse sible for its implemention. IIe also coordi- involves the redistribution of resources.
telecommuting office for two with desks,
and as large as Los Angeles nates the work of the Bus Operators "We believe that by examining existing
computers, laser printer and voice mail;
County is no easy task. It's an Subcommittee, a group composed of the services and policies and using new transit
and a community meeting room.
evolving process that requires county's 16 transit operators and repre- delivery options, we can make more dol-
A free Windows 95 introductory work-
creativity and a willingness to change with sen tatives of the MTA. lars available for transportation," says
shop is conducted at the TeleVillage every
the times. "We're trying to gain a better under- McLaughlin.
Wednesday from 9 until 11 am. Times
That is precisely what the MTA is standing of the individual communities we Among the 30 or more projects and
also are scheduled for the public to use the
doing with the Bus System Improvement serve so we can improve transportation programs in the Bus System Improvement
Computers for access to the Internet, to
Plan that was adopted by the Board, March service for the people who live, work and Plan are efforts to improve the interfaee of
work on projects, school assignments or
27. More than 30 projects and programs to shop there," says McLaughlin. "We're bus and rau, shuttle services, bus priority
improve service to the transit-dependent focusing on the transit customer." lanes, new fare collection technology and
"We've hired a curriculum specialist to
and improve mobility are included in the There are four major elements in the payment methods, more customer rela-
develop classes for people who want to use
plan. Bus System Improvement Plan. The first tions and supervisor training, bus shelter
computers in their businesses or to further
"We have no higher priority than to involves increasing community-based and bus stop improvements, and new
their education," says Krishna Tabor,
make our bus system better, safer, faster transit services and improving communi- coach purchases.
and affordable," says GEO Joe Drew. "We cations with eustomers, while seeking The Board also has approved an annu-
She envisions the TeleVillage as pro-
must use our resources smarter, wiser and information from nön-riders. al program to improve service for the tran-
viding valuable assistance to small busi-
more creatively to bettcr mateh supply A second element calls for restructur- sit-dependent on overcrowded lines as
nesses and entrepreneurs, as well as to
with demand, starting at the community ing the way service planning is done in part of the plan. III
people who need to develop skills for the
level." order to improve data collection, analyze
job market. Children also will benefit from
Jim McLaughlin, director of the MTA's current ridership trends and develop new Joan Caterino
p ag e 1 0
All In The Family
Smith, Gary L. Currie, John T.
Every family has moments to cele- Leib, Edward 6/1/76
Mec B to Mec A Util A to Util A Ldr Hamilton, L.M. 6/1/76
brate and to remember. On this
Torres, Robert Huffer, Linda G. Kendricks, Shirley L. 6/1/76
page, you'll find a monthly listing of Equip Mnt Supv to Dep Serv Opns Mgr Byrne, Patrick D. 6///76
Tpst Clrk to Sec
MTA promotions, Service Awards Co/on, Johnny P. 6/1/76
Trachter, Ira Burns, Louis I. Colon, Maria E. 6/1/76
and employee retirements. Those Admn Anlst to Trans Prog Pim II Asst Accts Rep to Sr. Cust Serv Agt II Northington, Emenuella R. 6/1/76
who are no longer with us are Davis, Marcus L. Little, Curley J. Roh',', Walter A. 6/1/76
remembered In Memorium. Mec B to Mec A Dep Sen, Opns Mgr to Tran Opns Supv Jlundal Kuldip K.
Tovar, Rodrigo Nguyen, Dan L. Guy, Clarence 6/3/76
Mec B to Mec A Sched Supv to Schecl Phir Wirt, Roland L. 6/3/76
Zaragosa, Manuel I. 6/13/76
Retirements Flores, Frank Williams, Martha E. Biyant, Kimberley F. 6/14/76
Acting to Dep Ex Off, PI & Prg Mpr Wxr to Equip Reed Spec Garcia, Gabriel 6/14/76
Valenzuela, Enrique R. Wassell, Wayne A. Pohja, Bruce B. 6/14/76
Wert, Michael D.
Acting to Pub Aff Mgr Bus Op P/T to Sched Mkr I Zeccardi, Carmine A. 6/14/76
Apr '73 to Apr '96
Merrick, Michael F. Johnson, Thomas W. 6/14/76
Silva, Alfred() Hogue, Kathryn A.
Sr 3rd Pty Coord to Proj Eng Cantor, Bany W. 6/14/76
Apr '73 to Apr '96 Div Steno to Steno
Victoria, Ermilo 0. 6/21/76
Givens, James M. Lords, Robert W. Fenty, Victor N. 6/21/76
Moody, Joe W
Proj Eng to Dep Proj Mgr, Eng Tran Pol Off (trn) to Sec Gcl II Alvarado, Cruz Z. 6/21/76
Mar '69 to Mar '96
Uri/so/4 Ralph Brown, Lany D. 6/21/76
Lugo, Esteban G.
Acting to Reg Gen Mgr Davis, Kirk S. 6/21/76
Apr '73 to Apr '96 MTA Service Awards Ferguson, Robert C. 6/21/76
Wilson, Russell E. Levine, Ellen G.
Zablocki, Paul 6/21/76
Feb '59 to Mar '96 Acting to Reg Gen Mgr
35 YEARS Ryatt, Savender S. 6/22/76
Campbell, Jimmie R. Pedemonte, Marco A. Chavez, Manuel M. 6/16/61 Rodriguez, Miguel S. 6/28/76
Mar '73 to Apr '96 Mee A to Mec A Ldr Brewer-Smith, Yvonne 6/28/76
Everett, Debbie M. 30 YEARS Fulwiley, Willie M. 6/28/76
Benavidez, Dwight M.
Oct '72 to Apr '96 Bus Opr P/T to Bus Opr FIT Barrasa, Reymundo H. 6/25/66
Hillmer, Jon A. In Memonam
Acting to Reg Gen IvIgr 25 YEARS
Nov '81 to Apr '96
1Voodard, Herbert B. 6/5/71
Chavira, Anthony P. Sagvin, Isagani
Melendez, Luis A. Williams, Ernest 6/5/71
Acting to Reg Gen Mgr Sec Grd II, Employed 1119/85
Jan '73 to Feb '96 Thomas, Horton A. 6/18/71
Vazquez, Roman F. Forstall, Mark A. Simmons, Matthew D. 6/26/7/
Mar '73 to Mar '96 Mec A to Mec A Ldr Gagner, Lola J. 6/30/71
If we missed your retirement, promotion
Stuten, Ray Willis, Nathaniel or Service Award of 20 years or more,
Elect Com Tech Ldr to Rail Com Sup 20 YEARS
Jul '73 to Feb '96 please drop a note to the Editor, Metro
Thompson, Cornelius 6/1/76
Riley, Harold D. Family. Well tly to include it in the next
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Info Proc Srvc Mgr to Sr Com Op Sup issue, space permitting.
Sep '72 to May '96 Van Eyck, Manuel F. 6/1/76
Taylor, Bobby F. Reyes, Paz L.
Dec '68 to Feb '96 Acct Pay Clrk to Pay Clrk
May '73 to May '96
Act Mgr, Ops Plng to Dir, Gen Serv Suggestion Box
Sims, Simmie Eksterowicz, Nanci G.
Aug '73 to Jun '95 Clms Mgr to Act Dir, Risk Mgr
Thomas, Michael C. Lorenz°, Barbarita C.
I thought the lune issue of "Metro Family" was:
Wkrs Comp Supv to Clms Mgr
Mar '79 to May '96
I especially liked:
Trautman, Carmen M.
Oct '70 to Feb '96
Sr Trans Pol Off to Trans Pol sgt I did not like:
Robertson, Valerie E. Here's a suggestion for a story or feature in a future "Metro Family" issue:
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JUNE NEWS BRIEFS
MTA Rapid Response Teams A Metro Red Line train enters the Wilshire_/
will ease construction impact Western station during pre-revenue service.
The seven-week testing period will end with the
The MTA has established a Con-
opening of the Wilshire corridor, July 13.
struction Impact Response Program to
Sunday, lune 30, is a sneak preview day for
ensure quick solutions for residents and 'WTA employees and families, with activities
businesses impacted by MTA construction scheduled from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Under the program, Rapid Response began mining operations in mid-May
Teams will be set up for each construction through the Hollywood IIills south toward
project. The goal is to respond and to Hollywood.
resolvc complaints within 72 hours. When completed, the twin tunnels will
Elements of the program include good pass 12,630 feet through eight distinct
faith payrnents on claims, low interest geologic formations, ranging from 165 to
loans, cost of structural repairs for limited 900 feet beneath the surface, before meet-
physical damage, mortgage payment sup- ing the Metro Red Line tunnels at La Brea
port and other assistance. Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.
The $125.6 million, two-mile-long tun-
MTA joins 12 agencies at Conference topics inelmled how to young people and community groups. nel project will link the San Fernando
anti-graffiti meeting build community support, promoting vol- They teach the importance of a safe and Valley with Hollywood and the rest of the
Representatives from the MTA and 12 unteerism, developing public awareness clean transportation system and help Metro Red Line system. The Valley seg-
other government agencies diseussed and prevention techniques, starting up groups organize graffiti cleanup efforts. ment will have subway stations at
ways to combat graffiti with interested neighborhood watch programs, and deal- Universal City and in North Hollywood.
community groups in May at the first ing with law enforcement and legal issues. Contractor begins tunneling The second boring machine, now
annual Anti-Graffiti Conference of MTA community outreach efforts rely from U. City to Hollywood being assembled, should begin tunneling
M.A.G.I.C., the Multi-Agency Anti-Graffiti upon 175 employees who volunteer more The first of two tunnel boring within a month. Tunneling is expected to
Intervention Committee. than 6,000 hours each year to work with machines positioned at Universal City be complete in early 1997. •
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