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Pasadena green-lights the end of red light cameras

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The latest city to close its red eye in the sky is Pasadena, where, as of last Sunday, drivers no longer have to worry about posing for posterity as they push their luck with yellow lights.

Pasadena Sun reports that the city has officially terminated the red-light camera program and ended its contract with with vendor/operator American Traffic Systems. The program had been running at a deficit.

The city's seven red-light cameras switched on in 2003 under a contract that ended in June 2011. The program, deemed a drain on law enforcement resources, was extended for one year by the City Council to study traffic safety effectiveness.

All equipment will be taken down.

 

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Fare is fair: End of the line for LA subway 'honor system'

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Metro ticket machines at the Hollywood/Highland station in Los Angeles, CA.

Metro will begin locking subway station gates on the Red Line and Purple Line as the transit authority tosses from the train its decades-old policy of "honor system" ticket collection.

L.A. rail-riders will start encountering the locked gates this summer, it was decided Thursday in a vote by the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Notes Metro's blog, The Source:

The Metro Board approved the staff plan on locking gates at rail stations and converting ticket machines completely to TAP. In other words, the ticket machines will no longer issue paper tickets with the conversion set to begin in a few more months.


As the Metro staff explains, the gates WILL NOT be locked all at once. Rather, the agency will aim for first locking the gates at the Normandie station on the Purple Line subway in late summer and then subsequently lock the gates in the remainder of the subway stations over the following seven months.

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Fee ride: Possible end of the line for LA subway honor system

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Metro ticket machines at the Hollywood/Highland station in Los Angeles, CA.

A meeting on Thursday may determine the future of the L.A. subway honor system.

Rogue rail-riders may be forced to pay after more than two decades of what has essentially been an "honor system" for regional train travel.

The board of Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to vote Thursday on whether or not to start locking gates at its stations.

If approved, the lockdown would begin in July at select stations. Passengers would be required to tap a pass or a ticket with a microchip in order to gain access.

The roving, at-random ticket checking system that's currently in place has cost the authority approximately $7 million a year, according to official estimates. 

Experiments in gate-locking were tested at 10 stations last year. Ticket purchases reportedly rose by 68 percent.

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Coachella 2012: Would you pay $23,810 for tickets?

Steven Tyler chats with a fan

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Aerosmith singer chats with a fan in the VIP section of Coachella in 2008.

Coachella 2012 sold out of remaining passes in three hours on Friday, setting off a frenzy of fiscally outrageous secondary market options for the music obsessed.

Ebay wins for the highest priced package: four 3-day VIP passes for $23,810.00. Stubhub has hundreds of tickets selling for thousands of dollars with a range of about $559 to $1,500 per General Admission pass. Craigslist is a sea of scams and swaps with many ads coming in a hundreds of dollars above face value. 

The official Coachella site is also a resource for post-sold out options. There you'll find everything from hysteria, to borderline prostitution, to optimists with sales data charts telling people to calm down and wait it out. 

For fans who spent hours battling the cue, never got through, and left ticketless and blue, there's no shortage of places to vent. Don't let your unrequited festival feelings go unheard. Twitter and Tumblr understand.  

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Coachella 2012 has completely sold out... of tickets

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Coachella 2012 has sold out of tickets for both weekends.

Passes for both weekends of this year's deja vu fest, April 13-April 15 and April 20-April 22, are gone like the wind that comes sweepin' down the plain. And by plain we mean polo field. 

The festival's promoter Goldenvoice issued a caps-happy statement on Friday that read, "THE COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL SELLS OUT IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS."

Well, sort of true. It's more like one week and three hours. Passes went on "advance sale" last summer from June 3-10.

 

Were you able to purchase tickets? Which weekend are you going? Tell us in the comments.

 

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