Feb 242017
 
Los Angeles Metro Will Be Safer

This incredible picture is the property of L.A. Mayor’s office, we simply couldn’t resist it!

 

LAPD officers to patrol Metro buses, trains in the City of Los Angeles

Three law enforcement agencies will provide security services, bringing more officers to public transportation.

 

Los Angeles Police Department officers will soon provide security services on buses and trains serving passengers within city limits, under the terms of a contract approved today by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board.
Beginning July 1, the LAPD will assume law enforcement responsibilities on Metro trains and buses within the City of L.A.; Long Beach Police Department officers will patrol transit services in Long Beach; and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be responsible for law enforcement on public transportation in other areas of L.A. County.

“The safety of our Metro passengers and employees must always be our first priority,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who serves as First Vice Chair on the Metro Board of Directors. “Making local officers responsible for policing the areas they know best means better coverage, quicker emergency response times, and stronger accountability. The Sheriff’s Department provides excellent service to Metro, and they will continue to do so under a contract that will give them expanded access to resources from neighboring agencies.”

More than 60 percent of Metro buses and nearly 50 percent of Metro Rail Lines operate within the City of Los Angeles, and about one-third of the Metro Blue Line operates within the City of Long Beach.

“Our ability to increase our collaboration with additional law enforcement partners will yield an increased safety and security presence,” said John Fasana, Metro Board Chair and Duarte City Mayor Pro Tem. “The Metro System is safe today, but we want to make it even safer and more secure as we continue to expand transit options throughout the county.”

The new, multi-agency contract will dramatically increase the number of police officers on the Metro system, providing a more visible law enforcement presence to deter criminal activity on buses and trains. It allocates $369.3 million to the City of Los Angeles, $246.3 million to L.A. County, and $30.1 million to the City of Long Beach for a five-year period. The new contract will also ensure greater contract compliance through clear performance metrics and accountability measures for law enforcement agencies.

“Our overriding goal here is to ensure our transit riders can ride and work safely — without fear — 100 percent of the time” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “Increasing our partnership with local law enforcement agencies is one important part of a multi-layered approach that also includes integrating technology and coordinating closely with our federal agency partners to help keep the Metro System safe.”

“Angelenos expect accessible, dependable, and safe public transportation, and the Los Angeles Police Department will now play an integral role in protecting the millions of people using our extensive system,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “This new agreement with the MTA will have far-reaching impacts, well beyond just our rail and buses, with faster response times for emergency and priority calls for service, increased law enforcement visibility throughout the City, and added protections against the threat of terrorism.”
About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.

 

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Feb 012017
 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Metro

Metro is becoming a part of Los Angeles in more ways than one. Not only more Angelenos are using Metro to commute but we’re discovering the role Metro plays in supporting culture in L.A.

Last Sunday, Metro extended its support to Los Angeles museums and its visitors by offering discounted fares. Now, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Metro steps up its game.

On Sunday, February 12th – on the weekend preceding Valentine’s Day – Metro invites you to attend a free Valentine’s Day Art Tour on the Gold Line. The tour will begin at the Gold Line Arcadia Station at 2 p.m. and end at Azusa Downtown Station at 4:30 p.m.

The tour will include station art and even pop-up theatre featuring Shakespearian love stories. The performances will be staged by the Independent Shakespeare Co. 

On Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14th) you are invited to…. dance the dance of love: tango! Take a spin in the Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall! Don’t know how to tango? No problem! You’ll have the opportunity to take a free tango lesson! There’ll be dancing and live music by the orchestra Tangótico! And when you’re ready to watch professionals dance the tango Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes will show you how it’s really done! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dancing from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Another great news: FREE TAP cards will be available for attendees at the start of the tour. Parking is available at Arcadia Station.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Metro? Sounds like fun and on the budget to boot! Who knew that art, Shakespeare, tango and Valentine’s Day can come in one sentence with Metro? We didn’t, but hey, kudos to Metro! Valentine’s Day With Metro is a great way to entertain the community AND expand Metro’s fan base.

 

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Nov 012016
 

Metro Bike Share comes to the Port of Los Angeles

Getting from place to place along the LA Waterfront is about to get a little easier – and a lot more fun.

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), has been given the green light by the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners to expand the Metro Bike Share program to the 12-mile LA Waterfront by next summer. The vote clears the way for consideration by the LA County Metro Board, which is expected to vote on the proposal soon.

“Bike Share at the Port of Los Angeles will offer a new, fun and environmentally friendly way to explore and experience the LA Waterfront and its many attractions,” said Doane Liu, deputy executive director at the Port of Los Angeles. “This new program will provide another transportation option for residents and visitors to consider, which will have the added benefit of reducing local traffic and parking congestion too.”

The LA Waterfront Bike Share will include 11 stations to start, eight in San Pedro and three in Wilmington, with approximately 10 shareable bikes per station. Payment kiosks at each station will allow riders to use either their Metro TAP card or credit card to pay, with costs varying depending on the option selected.

Proposed station stops will include:

  • Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza / World Cruise Center
  • Catalina Sea and Air Terminal
  • Battleship IOWA
  • Downtown Harbor
  • CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
  • Ports O’ Call Village (future San Pedro Public Market)
  • DoubleTree Hotel San Pedro
  • Cabrillo Beach
  • Wilmington Waterfront Park – West
  • Wilmington Waterfront Park – East
  • Banning’s Landing Community Center

The Metro Bike Share program was officially rolled out in downtown Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti this past July, a launch that included nearly 65 stations and 1,000 bikes. The program is designed to improve mobility and access for residents and visitors via shared-use bikes and docking stations located in key locations with easy access traveling from one location to another.

Bike Share also links to Metro’s regional transportation system of buses, subways and light rails. Metro hopes to expand Bike Share to nine total regions, including the LA Waterfront, building up to an inventory of more than 4,000 bikes.

Metro and the Port will equally split the capital costs to create the new Bike Share infrastructure along the LA Waterfront, with the Port additionally covering 65% of the ongoing operation and maintenance for the new Port Bike Share locations. Port costs will be funded primarily by its Public Access Investment Fund.

The new Bike Share program is one of several alternative transportation options being developed along the LA Waterfront. The San Pedro Business Improvement District doubled the number of rubber-tire trolley cars this summer, which allows it to cover more stops and routes, and is expected to increase ridership. In addition, developers of the approved San Pedro Public Market recently announced plans to include a mobile Red Trolley Car replica as part of the new development.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $270 billion in trade during 2015. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 133,000 jobs (about one in 14) in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (or one in 18) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support nearly 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million nationwide.

 

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Oct 132016
 

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is encouraging the public to Go Metro to the 11th annual Taste of Soul on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival will take place on Crenshaw Boulevard between Rodeo Road and Stocker Street, in the heart of the historic Crenshaw District. To avoid the hassle of driving and parking, festival-goers can take Metro Expo Line to the Expo/Crenshaw Station, which is a short walk from the festival.

 

“As the Taste of Soul family festival celebrates its 11th Anniversary, Metro has become part of the neighborhood with the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project now under construction,” said Metro Board Chair and City of Duarte Councilmember John Fasana. “In just three years, this project will connect the communities of Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX.”

Free parking is available at the following Expo Line stations: Expo/Crenshaw (220 spaces), La Cienega/Jefferson (476 spaces) and Culver City (586 spaces). Parking for a $2 fee is available at Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (217 spaces) and 17th St/SMC (67 spaces). For more information on parking and parking fees visit metro.net/parking.

“If you’re looking for a calm, enjoyable and stress-free trip to enjoy the preeminent street festival in South Los Angeles, there is simple one way to travel,” said Metro Board Member and Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Mark Ridley-Thomas. “And that will be to “Go Metro.”

Metro is building the $2.058-billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project that will connect the Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX communities along the 8.5-mile alignment with eight new stations; Crenshaw/Expo, Martin Luther King Jr., Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Fairview Heights, Downtown Inglewood, Westchester/Veterans, and Aviation/Century. A ninth station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street will allow transfers to a future automated people mover to be built by LAX that will connect to the airport’s terminals.

“Taste of Soul has become the quintessential L.A. family festival, where I will join all fellow Angelenos go to enjoy a Saturday of music and food and see friends and renew old friendships,” said Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. “The best way to get to the festival is traveling on Metro bus lines 40, 102, 210 and several other lines, or by the recently open Expo Line with is connection to Santa Monica. Bus Lines will be detoured from their normal routes but will get you close to the event.”

“Taste of Soul has become a traditional festival not only for the residents of Crenshaw, but for the rest of Los Angeles County that come out year after year to enjoy this unique event,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Metro is also here to stay and very soon will offer a transportation option to residents of the Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX communities when the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail when it opens for service in 2019.”

Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) will have a booth at Taste of Soul on Crenshaw Boulevard between Rodeo Place and Coliseum Street. The booth will have information about the Crenshaw Line and other Metro projects and programs. The mobile Metro Experience Theatre will be showing rail safety videos along with safety presentations by Metro staff every 20 minutes. Metro will hold a drawing for three large prizes.

Metro staff will also be on hand to respond to questions regarding Metro Art, walking and biking projects, the Express Lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways, TAP cards and fares. Educational information on Measure M will also be available for the public.

Metro Bus Service Detours

Metro Bus lines that will be detoured during the Taste of Soul Festival included: the 40, 102, 105, 210, 710, and 740. Signs in English and Spanish will be posted at bus stop regarding the temporary route changes or check Metro’s Service Advisories at metro.net.

For more information on Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project go to metro.net/Crenshaw or join us on Facebook at facebook.com/crenshawrail and on Twitter at twitter.com/crenshawrail or call the project hotline at (213) 922-2736.

 

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Oct 122016
 

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Regional Connector Transit Project Decking Installation Work to Start this Weekend along Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles

Regional Connector Constructors (RCC) work crews under contract to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will begin a series of full weekend closures along Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles between 3rd and 5th Streets in order to perform cut and cover/decking activities for the Regional Connector Transit Project.

The first of up to 14-weekend closures will begin on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. and will remain in place through 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17. The weekend closure of Flower Street will occur every weekend through Feb. 13, 2017, excluding Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holiday weekends.

The work to be done, known in the construction industry as “cut and cover”, will include the removal of the roadway, installation of steel beams and a temporary installation of deck panels. The deck panels will serve as a temporary roadway to facilitate excavation and construction of the project’s underground tunnel box for the light rail project while maintaining access to traffic using Flower Street.

During the initial six-weekends, lower 4th Street from Figueroa to Flower Street will also be closed. Local access to businesses in the area will be maintained and construction flaggers will be onsite to facilitate access. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction area.

Detours in effect during the weekend closure will take traffic off of Flower Street and detour to Grand Avenue at 1st Street then to 5th Street and back to Flower Street. An alternate route to southbound Flower Street traffic will be detoured westbound at 3rd Street to Beaudry, then to 6th Street and back onto Flower Street.

For local access to the World Trade Center and Bank of American, motorists will need to enter at 3rd Street and Flower. For the J2 Garage, Citigroup Center and The Bonaventure Hotel, motorists will need to enter at 5th Street and Flower. Drivers must make a right turn onto Flower Street from 5th Street. A construction flagger will on onsite to assist motorists during the weekend closures.

The $1.55 billion Regional Connector Transit Project is a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street. The rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily – including 17,000 new riders – and save commuters up to 20 minutes by reducing the need to transfer. The connector will provide a one-seat, one fare ride for commuters from Azusa to Long Beach and from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Completion of construction for the project is 2021.

The new Metro rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways, provide significant environmental benefits and spur economic development throughout the County. Through improved connectivity, riders will be better able to use the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services.

For more information on the Regional Connector Transit Project got to metro.net/regionalconnector.

 

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Sep 052016
 

MetroStudents

Student (K-8 and 9-12) TAP Card
Student (K-8 and 9-12) 30-Day Pass – $24
Student (K-8 and 9-12) Single One-Way Fare – $1

Just in time for the new school year Metro unrolls discounted fares for students. New rates for tickets, Tap Cards and Metro Passes.

To obtain a K-12 Student TAP Card, submit a completed application, with required documentation.
Get an application online: https://www.metro.net/riding/fares/students-k-8-and-9-12/

Once you receive your new TAP card in the mail, you have three fare payment options:

  • If you ride every day, load your card with a Student 30-Day Pass ($24) at selected schools or any Metro Pass Sales locations. You’ll get unlimited rides for 30 consecutive days.
  • If you ride occasionally, load your card with some cash; each time you board and tap, it will deduct a reduced one-way fare of $1 (bus or rail) from your card balance.
  • If you prefer, just tap your unloaded card on the farebox when you board (bus only) and pay the reduced one-way cash fare of $1.

Students in grades 9-12 are required to have a valid photo ID or school ID to purchase fare or ride with a Student TAP card. Complete instructions and requirements are included on each application.

For additional information about reduced fare programs, call the Metro Reduced Fare office at 213.680.0054.

With questions call:
Metro Reduced Fare Office
213-680-0054
Monday – Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Jul 122016
 

Los Angeles Metro Bike Share

Mayor Garcetti and hundreds of cyclists launch Metro Bike Share in Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles has officially joined the bike share revolution — giving Angelenos and visitors a new, fun, and exciting way to explore Downtown L.A.
Hundreds of L.A. area cyclists gathered in Grand Park to launch Metro Bike Share, which will consist of up to 1,000 shared bicycles at approximately 65 stations throughout the downtown area.
“Downtown L.A. is a fascinating place to explore on two wheels,” said Los Angeles Mayor and MTA Board Second Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Metro Bike Share gives Angelenos and visitors an easy, affordable way to experience some of our city’s most incredible sights.”

The $11 million project is a joint initiative by Metro and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. It is the first pilot to establish bike sharing in the City of Los Angeles, and has the potential to bring up to 4,000 bicycles to communities throughout the region.

Several bike share stations are now located in close proximity to the Metro rail and bus network, giving transit riders a convenient way to combine bicycle and transit trips. The system is the first in the nation to be operated by a transit agency, and the first to use a single fare card — the TAP card — for both the transit system and bike share.

Bike share stations have been strategically placed at major transit hubs and key destinations to benefit people who live, work, play, and socialize in the downtown area.

Metro and the City selected bike share locations to increase access to museums, libraries, schools, retail, employment, and residential areas. Downtown Los Angeles is the county’s highest job concentration, and its residential population is growing. It is also leading tourist destination, with several world-class sports, entertainment, dining, and cultural attractions.

To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at www.metro.net/bikeshare. Beginning August 1, it will be possible to walk up to a bike share station and check out a bike with a credit card. Users can download a special Metro Bike Share App available on iOS and Android that will enable them to buy a pass, check bike and dock availability, and find the nearest station.

About Metro
Created in 1993, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.4 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail,

Jun 142016
 

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Metro’s CEO Unveils Updated Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan to Transform Transportation through a Possible November Ballot Measure.

On the heels of an aggressive public outreach effort, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) CEO Phillip A. Washington today unveiled a revised expenditure plan calling for a sustained funding approach for a possible November ballot measure that would accelerate and pay for a wide variety of transit and highway projects, roadway improvements and pedestrian and bike paths.

“We need to build and sustain a world-class transportation system here in Los Angeles County to accommodate our ever-changing and continually growing needs,” said Washington. “Working with our community stakeholders, this updated plan brings us a step closer in defining what projects are needed and where a sustained level of funding could come from to accelerate and complete those projects.”

The revision also has a new name: the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan. It would also devote billions of dollars to commuter rail, transit operations and projects to keep buses, trains and facilities in good repair. The plan would return revenues to local cities on a per capita basis — money those cities could spend on their own local transportation improvements.

In March, Metro staff presented a 40-year draft plan that would ask voters to increase the countywide sales tax by a half-cent and to continue the existing Measure R tax for 18 years, meaning both would run through 2057. In May, the Metro Board of Directors asked agency staff to model a sustained “no sunset” scenario to determine additional benefits that could be delivered if the tax continued beyond 40 years.

Under the new sustained funding scenario, nine projects could be accelerated for a combined 42 years earlier than previously scheduled for a savings of $9.4 billion. The revised plan also allows the Eastside Gold Line Extension to be built to both South El Monte and Whittier and would also fund the L.A. County section of a new freeway, energy and high-speed rail corridor between the Antelope Valley and San Bernardino County.

In addition, three projects would be upgraded later in the plan: a bus rapid transit project between North Hollywood and Pasadena could be light rail, a high-capacity transit project on Vermont Avenue between Hollywood and the Green Line in South L.A. could be a subway and a proposed bus rapid transit project on Lincoln Boulevard could be light rail.

 

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Jun 112016
 

FirstMetroBikeShareStationInstalledAtUnionStation

In the latest major announcement designed to improve transportation options in the L.A. region, Metro and the city of Los Angeles today announced they will officially launch Metro’s bike sharing program in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, July 7.

Up to 1,000 bicycles will be available at up to 65 strategically placed downtown L.A. locations, serving Union Station, City Hall, Grand Park, the L.A. Convention Center, South Park, Chinatown, the Arts District, the Fashion District, Little Tokyo and more. Many bike share stations will be placed in close proximity to the Metro Rail and Bus network, giving transit riders direct access to Metro bikes to easily combine bicycle and transit trips.

“We are excited that L.A. will officially join the bike share revolution that is now giving city dwellers across the nation new ways to explore their urban communities,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair. “Marrying bicycle and transit trips will go a long way in supporting healthy lifestyles, easing traffic on downtown streets and, perhaps most importantly, getting Angelenos where they need to go in an efficient and affordable manner.” People who live, work and play in downtown L.A. are encouraged to sign up for a Metro bike share pass in advance of the launch at www.metro.net/bikeshare. The system will be accessible exclusively to pass holders from July 7 until August 1, 2016, when it will open for all users, including walk-up customers. People who purchase their pass early will get a limited edition Metro Bike Share Kit. The first 1,000 people to sign up will also receive exclusive Metro bike share pins.

The installation of bike share stations throughout downtown L.A. will begin in early June, with work expected to continue until the stations open to the public on July 7.

“We are always looking to help people explore our incredible city in new ways. Now, through Metro’s new bike share program, residents and visitors from around the world can to check out a bike and see downtown L.A. with a fast, fun and affordable system,” said Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Second Vice Chair. “Paired with our city’s new bicycle infrastructure, this is going to make it easier and safer to travel through our city on two wheels.”

Metro will become the first major transportation agency in America to offer a single card that allows access to both transit and bike share systems. To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at http://www.metro.net/bikeshare. New customers will receive their TAP card in the mail. Existing TAP card holders have the option of registering their current TAP card in the system and simply adding bike share access to it.

Pass holders will use their Metro bike share-registered TAP card to access any Metro bike from a dock at a station. Bike share-registered TAP cards identify each user to both Metro bike share and Metro transit lines. As with all TAP cards, transit fares can be loaded onto the bike share-registered TAP card at any Metro ticket vending machine, online at taptogo.net or at any of the hundreds of TAP vending locations across the county.

The Metro bike share fare structure is designed to be flexible and affordable for all users. The agency has created three simple pass options:

• A monthly pass is $20 per month. All trips 30 minutes or less are free and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This pass option is best if the user expects to take more than five trips per month. People use their registered TAP card to get a bike.

• A Flex Pass is $40 per year. All trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75 and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This option is best if users expect to take two to five trips per month or want the convenience of using their TAP card to get a bike.

• A Walk-Up is $3.50 for 30 minutes. This option will be available starting August 1. All trips 30 minutes or less are $3.50, and $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter. An introductory 50 percent discount rate will be offered in August-September. This option is best for tourists and visitors to downtown LA. Users can pay per trip using their credit card at any station kiosk.

Metro and the city of Los Angeles worked closely with downtown L.A. community stakeholders, taking into consideration crowdsourced public input to select initial station locations that will better connect people to key neighborhood destinations. Special consideration was given to locations that created better access to museums, libraries, schools, retail, employment, residential areas and transit hubs. A map of current station locations is now available at www.metro.net/bikeshare. Users are encouraged to check back often, as new station locations will be added regularly.

Metro is now offering an exclusive naming and branding rights partnership for its bike share program. The sponsorship opportunity will enable a single company to advertise its products on the bicycles on a 24/7, year-round basis with dense coverage in downtown L.A. and future expansion planned for Pasadena, the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, Huntington Park, East Los Angeles and elsewhere across the region.

The system will be operated by Bicycle Transit Systems, with bikes and stations provided by BCycle, a unit of Trek Bicycles of Wisconsin. These companies have successfully launched and/or operate more than 40 bike share systems in metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad.

 

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Jun 082016
 

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First Major Station Construction for L.A. Subway

In the latest L.A. County transit construction milestone, Metro is ready to begin building the Wilshire/La Brea underground station for the Metro Purple Line Extension Project. Beginning Friday night, June 10, portions of Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles will be closed during 22 consecutive weekends for a street decking operation. Residents and motorists are advised to plan ahead, follow street detours and allow extra time to get through the area.

Metro’s contractor Skanska, Traylor and Shea, a Joint Venture (STS) will excavate a portion of Wilshire Boulevard and replace it with concrete deck panels that will act as a temporary street surface while underground station excavation continues below. No decking work will be conducted during the regular work week or during the Fourth of July or Labor Day weekends. The work is part of Metro’s first major station construction for the $6.3 billion subway project that will extend the Metro Purple Line further west.

“Metro continues to transform transportation in L.A. County, and we’re now ready to begin building the first of three subway stations that will provide more Angelenos with fast, frequent, high-capacity transit service along Wilshire Boulevard – one of our region’s most congested corridors,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair. “We have planned this operation to be as least invasive as possible, and we ask for the public’s patience as we continue building a world-class transportation system for our county.”

The 22-weekend closure schedule will consist of three separate decking phases at Wilshire /La Brea. The first phase will comprise three weekend closures from Detroit Street to La Brea Avenue. The second phase will include three weekends at the La Brea intersection. The third and biggest phase will comprise 16 consecutive weekend closures from La Brea Avenue to Highland Avenue. Local access for businesses and residents will be maintained. Sidewalk access will be maintained with intermittent closures.

During each weekend, Wilshire Boulevard will be closed beginning 8 p.m. Friday evening and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday morning. Each phase of decking will have a different set of traffic plans, detour routes, and mitigations. Once complete, the concrete decking will allow traffic to continue to flow on the street while station construction occurs below ground.

To help motorists travel through the closure area, changeable message signs will alert motorists of detours in advance. Additionally, traffic control officers will be placed at intersections to help direct motorists.

The schedule of closures and detour routes are as follows:

Phase 1: Wilshire Boulevard, between Detroit Street and La Brea Avenue, will be closed for approximately three weekends. Wilshire Boulevard will be also reduced to one lane in each direction from Detroit Street to Highland Avenue on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Westbound Detour: Northbound La Brea Avenue to Westbound 6th St. to Southbound Fairfax Avenue to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard. Eastbound Detour: Northbound Fairfax Avenue to Eastbound 6th St. to Southbound La Brea Avenue to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard.

Phase 2: The Wilshire/La Brea Avenue Intersection will be closed for approximately three weekends. Wilshire Boulevard, between Detroit Street and Highland Avenue, will also be reduced to one lane in each direction on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Westbound Wilshire Detour: Wilshire Boulevard to northbound Highland Avenue to westbound 6th Street to southbound Fairfax Avenue to westbound Wilshire Boulevard. Eastbound Wilshire Detour: Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard to northbound Fairfax Avenue to eastbound 6th Street to southbound Highland Avenue to eastbound Wilshire.

Phase 3: Wilshire Boulevard, between La Brea Avenue and Highland Avenue, will be closed for approximately 16 weekends. Wilshire Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Highland Avenue will also be reduced to one lane in each direction on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastbound Detour: Northbound La Brea Avenue to Eastbound 6th Street to Southbound Highland Avenue to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard. Westbound Detour: Northbound Highland Avenue to Westbound 6th Street to Southbound La Brea Avenue to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard.

The contractor will also conduct other work activities for the subway during the weekend closures to work as efficiently as possible.

Metro’s schedule of 22 weekend-only closures is supported by residents and businesses in the Miracle Mile area following Metro’s extensive community input process. More than 100 area meetings were held to guide community stakeholders through the upcoming operation.

The first section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project now under construction will add nearly four miles of subway from the Wilshire/Western Purple Line Station west to Wilshire /La Cienega and include three new stations at Wilshire /La Brea, Wilshire /Fairfax and Wilshire /La Cienega. Construction of the first subway section began in early 2015. The first section is scheduled to be operational in 2023. Two subsequent sections are also planned that will add four more stations ultimately extending the subway to Westwood /VA Hospital by 2035 under current funding scenarios. Metro is pursuing alternate funding sources to accelerate this construction.

For questions or concerns related to this work or any Purple Line Extension construction activity, the public can call Metro’s 24/7 project hotline at (213) 922-6934. Alternately, they can email the project team at purplelineext@metro.net.

For more information about the Metro Purple Line Extension Project, visit metro.net/purplelineext.

 

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Jun 042016
 

Metro Board Adopts New 2017 Budget

New Interactive Budget Tool now at Metro.net The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors approved a $5.66-billion budget for fiscal year 2017 following a recent public hearing and other community input. The adopted budget represents over a two percent decrease from FY16 budget — even with the addition of new rail services, rising costs and new projects and programs.

Moving forward, people now have the opportunity to provide comments on the FY17 budget by visiting the Interactive Budget Tool at metro.net/finance. This interactive tool includes a short survey to guide future budgets, where the public can set their transportation priorities, allocate the dollars, and provide feedback on Metro’s budget.

The FY17 balanced budget is for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2017. Metro’s budget includes a full year of operation for two new rail lines, the Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa and the Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica.

The budget calls for no fare changes or major service changes. Budget highlights include: $1.57 billion for bus and rail operations; $2 billion for various capital projects including major construction activity for the Regional Connector Project, the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Purple Line Extension subway, and; $1.3 billion of funding for other transit agencies in L.A. County as well as local funding for the county’s 88 cities and unincorporated areas.

In FY17, the top budget priority for transit services will be to provide clean, safe and on-time buses and trains. Metro will focus resources on inspecting, cleaning, maintaining and performing corrective maintenance on vehicle fleets and transit stations to ensure they meet Metro and industry standards.

Metro’s State-of-Good-Repair (SGR) program continues to be a top priority. Efforts on this front will be focused on bus and rail system reliability and technology upgrades.

In FY17, over $28 million is dedicated to fund projects for first/last mile accessibility to transit and other pedestrian and biking programs. The first phase of the Metro Bike Share pilot program will be implemented this summer in downtown Los Angeles with over a thousand bikes at more than 65 stations.

Metro continues the construction of one of the largest public works programs in America, thanks to Measure R and other funding partners. These transit and highway construction projects will improve mobility and increase vehicle capacity, allowing for smoother traffic flow, better system connectivity and more seamless travel for everyone in Los Angeles County.

Programs and projects within the FY17 budget include planning and/or environmental studies for the Airport Metro Connector, the Eastside Gold Line Transit Corridor Phase 2, the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor along Van Nuys Boulevard, the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension and the West Santa Ana Transit Corridor.

Highway projects and programs include sound walls throughout the county, added capacity for Interstate 5, Alameda Corridor East Grade Separations in the San Gabriel Valley and environmental, planning and engineering studies on the I-605 Hot Spots, the SR-710 North Study, the SR-710 South project and SR-138 capacity enhancements. Subregional projects include highway improvements in the Las Virgenes/Malibu area and ramp and interchange improvements projects for the I-405, I-110, I-105 and SR-91.

May 262016
 

New option will ease congestion on I-10 freeway

Expo Line Extension Connects Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES: Marking the first time in a generation that passengers can take a train from Downtown L.A. to the coast, the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica was officially dedicated today by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and state and local officials.
“For the first time in a generation, Angelenos and visitors from around the world can travel from our skyline to the shoreline without setting foot in a car — bringing needed relief to some of our most congested corridors,” said Mayor Garcetti, who is Metro Board Second Vice Chair. “This extension of the Expo Line — along with the recently-opened Gold Line extension and the Crenshaw-LAX Line that is now halfway complete — will improve quality of life by delivering convenient, affordable, and efficient transportation to more people than ever before.”
As part of the grand opening, Metro will provide free rides on the entire Expo Line beginning at noon Friday and continuing until the end of service. On Saturday, free rides on the Expo Line will be offered the entire service day and there will be community parties from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stations:

• Downtown Santa Monica
• 17th St/SMC
• 26th/Bergamot
• Expo/Bundy
• Palms
• Culver City

The $1.5-billion extension is the second Measure R-funded rail project to open this year, following the March debut of the Gold Line extension to Azusa. Almost 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008 approved the Measure R half-cent sales tax increase to fund new transportation projects and programs.

The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations: Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Expo/Sepulveda, Expo/Bundy, 27th St/Bergamot, 17th St/Santa Monica College, and Downtown Santa Monica.

The Expo Line now stretches for 15.2 miles between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica, with 19 stations. In Downtown L.A., the Expo Line offers easy transfers to the Blue Line, Purple Line and Red Line at the 7th/Metro Center Station.

The Expo Line extension includes a paved bike path that runs adjacent to the tracks for most of the route between Culver City and the 17th Street/SMC Station. The bikeway includes lighting and landscaping. Each station has secure bike racks and lockers.

There will be parking available at three stations: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (217 spaces) and 17th Street/SMC (67 spaces). As part of a test parking fee program, the daily parking rate is $2 and the monthly fee is $39. Each station has a drop-off area and is served by buses from Metro, Big Blue Bus, or Culver CityBus.

The Expo Line to Santa Monica was built by the Exposition Construction Authority and the project was completed on time and on budget. The project broke ground in 2011 with heavy construction beginning in 2012. In February, the project was turned over to Metro, which will operate the line. Extensive system testing and employee training have been conducted on the line over the past year.
Other Measure R projects under construction include: the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Regional Connector project, and the first section of the Purple Line Extension.

About L.A. Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.

 

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May 122014
 

Metro Rerouting Traffic on Crenshaw
Construction will begin on Friday, May 16, on the Metro Crenshaw / LAX Transit Project at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards with a 15-hour full street closure to implement a new traffic configuration. This area will be the stage for the future underground Crenshaw / Expo Station.

Wash / Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) will implement this traffic configuration between Jefferson Boulevard and 39th Street beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 16, through 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

WSCC will place on the westside of Crenshaw Boulevard K-rail (concrete barriers) to separate the work area from the street traffic and restripe traffic lanes. Work is anticipated to last for 15 hours.

Southbound detour
Beginning Friday at 10 p.m. motorists traveling southbound on Crenshaw will be diverted to the left on Jefferson Boulevard, right at Arlington, right on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and left at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Northbound detour
For those motorists traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard, they will be diverted to the right at Martin Luther King Jr., left at Arlington, left at Jefferson and right at Crenshaw Boulevard.

After the full street closure on Saturday traffic will resume with two lanes in each direction. The bus stop located on the southwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road will be relocated to the northwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard.

There will be limited access to business during the night time activity. However, pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access to emergency vehicles.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light-rail line that will run between the Expo and Green Lines. The $2.058 billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility, park & ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment.

Following the closure WSCC will begin these construction activities: utility relocation, pile installation, street decking and excavation.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project visit metro.net/crenshaw or by email to crenshawcorridor@metro.net, by phone at (213) 922.2736 or follow the project at facebook.com/crenshawrail or twitter.com/crenshawrail.

About Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County.  Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is, literally, changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.
http://www.metro.net

Jun 112013
 

Metro Announces New Summer Art Tours: Metro Art Moves_DTLA

Metro Announces New Summer Art Tours

Union Station, City of Dreams/River of History, Richard Wyatt in collaboration with May Sun, Artists. Courtesy of Metro (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority). Anything L.A.

This summer, Metro launches a new series of tours, Metro Art Moves_DTLA. The new series expands Metro’s year round tour program providing creative explorations of stations in downtown Los Angeles.
The Metro Art Moves_DTLA tours are a fresh, new approach that aims to increase transit ridership through volunteer docent and artist led experiences of the Metro system. Tours introduce riders to the agency’s diverse collection of 300+ artworks, familiarize the public with the services Metro provides and highlight destinations served by rail and bus.

Focusing on three downtown stations, summer tours (July-September) are offered the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm. Tours begin at 7th Street/Metro Center Station and end at Civic Center/Grand Park Station at Grand Park, with live music and food trucks.

The Metro Art Moves_DTLA tours build on Metro’s existing docent-led tour model, by adding artists to co-lead the tours. Metro Art worked with artist Sara Wookey to identify opportunities for local artists to amplify the docents’ extensive knowledge about artworks with activities that heighten tour-goer engagement and demystify the Metro system. The docents lead discussions, offering facts about the artworks, and the artists prompt ways of engaging with the Metro system through contemplative exercises, including stylistic techniques for using the TAP card, and speaking secret words into a special voice-activated artwork at Union Station. Wookey’s artistic practice involves awakening people to the subtleties of public space and creating opportunities for participation in the urban landscape.

Metro Art Moves_DTLA tours are designed to attract new transit riders by creating connections between the places where people live and work, and the bounty of culinary and cultural adventures spread throughout Los Angeles County. Metro Art Moves_DTLA tours present Los Angeles from new vantage points, heighten the rider experience in fun and engaging ways to boost public perceptions about riding transit, promote rider etiquette and offer opportunities for discovery. The tours re-frame the experience of taking transit, giving riders the opportunity to explore little known cultural treasures, iconic landmarks and downtown’s thriving cultural scene.

Metro Art Moves_DTLA summer tours: First Thursday of the month, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Meet promptly at 5:30pm at the entrance to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, at the northeast corner of Figueroa and 7th Street, under the ceiling mural by Terry Schoonhoven. All tour participants get free TAP cards loaded with day passes.

General Information:

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all the stations.

There are public restrooms available at Union Station and at Grand Park. Go Metro and save at various places near the tours. For more details, visit http://www.metro.net/service/discounts/marketstours/metro-art-moves_dtla/. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to downtown Los Angeles until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more information, visit Metro’s Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro (466-3876).

Metro Art Program

From rail and bus stations to transit facilities, construction fences and poetry cards, Metro Art enriches the transit environment and contributes to the artistic vibrancy of the neighborhoods we serve. Metro commissions artists to create engaging artworks that make the journey more inviting and pleasurable for transit users. The artworks mirror Los Angeles County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures.

Established in 1989, the Metro Art Program has commissioned over 300 artists for a wide variety of temporary and permanent projects. Artists are selected through a peer review process with community input. All works are created specifically for their transit-related sites. Metro’s public art policy allocates one half of one percent (0.5%) of project construction costs for art.

For more information visit metro.net/art or call (213) 922-4ART.

Artwork copyrighted, all rights reserved. To request images of artwork for publication please email zellerh@metro.net.

Feb 202013
 

55-Hour Northbound-Only I-405
Freeway Lane Reductions between Montana
Avenue and Getty Center Drive
Off-Ramp Planned Beginning Friday, March 1, 2013
Off Ramp Planned Beginning Friday, March 1, 2013
Beginning Friday night, March 1, 2013, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will reduce the northbound I-405 from five lanes to two between Montana Avenue and the Getty Center off-ramp in West Los Angeles for 55 hours. 

The contractor will pave the future High-Occupancy Vehicle lane (HOV) and realign the I-405 in this area. Motorists are advised to anticipate potential delays when traveling through the 2.4-mile lane reduction area and take alternate northbound routes if necessary.

This is not a full freeway closure.  The Southbound I-405 will be open and Northbound Sepulveda will remain fully operational with two lanes throughout the 55-hour lane reduction period.

The three closed freeway lanes and their corresponding on ramps will be closed for an extended 55-hour duration to enable the contractor to shift k-rail, grind existing pavement, place and compact new pavement and stripe new pavement in the freeway’s center lanes.  These activities will enable the contractor to realign this portion of the I-405 to incorporate a future northbound HOV Lane.  The HOV lane now under construction will ultimately extend 10 miles between the I-10 and U.S. 101 and complete the last remaining gap in the I-405 HOV lane network.

All northbound freeway lanes and ramps will reopen to the public by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 4.  The current weather forecast does not call for rain; however, if that changes, the operation will shift approximately one week. A schedule for lane and ramp closures is as follows:

Lane Reductions

At 10 p.m. on Friday, March 1, the #1 lane on Northbound I-405 from Montana to Getty off-ramp will close.

At 11 p.m. on Friday, March 1, the #2 lane on Northbound I-405 from Montana to Getty off-ramp will close.

At 12 midnight on Saturday, March 2, the #3 lane on Northbound I-405 from Montana to Getty off-ramp will close.

Ramp Closures

The Northbound Getty and Northbound Moraga on-ramps will be closed at 10 p.m. March 1 until 5 a.m. March 4

The Northbound Montana and Northbound Moraga off-ramps will be closed at 10 p.m. March 1 to 5 a.m. March 4.

At the completion of the work the Northbound Getty on-ramp will remain closed for five months.

Westbound Wilshire Boulevard to Northbound Sepulveda will be used as an alternative route for those who wish to bypass the lane reduction area. They will enter Northbound I-405 again at Skirball Center Drive.

Changeable message signs and traffic control officers will be deployed at key locations within the project area to help guide motorists through the area.  Emergency access will be provided through the lane reduction area.

Dec 272012
 

Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan

Union Station is the region’s primary transit hub, connecting Southern California counties whose combined population totals more than 17 million. Metro purchased the iconic downtown LA station in 2011.

More than 60,000 travelers and commuters access the station’s transit providers, which include Metro bus and rail lines, Metrolink commuter rail, Amtrak long-distance rail, and numerous municipal carriers and specialty shuttles with connections to downtown Los Angeles. As Measure R funds Metro’s system expansion, Union Station is expected to see upwards of 100,000 boardings per day.

The Union Station Master Plan will develop Metro’s vision and plan to guide future development at the station, including transit operations, enhanced pedestrian access, and new private and/or public real estate development.

Project Goals

Create a great destination

Building on the significant attributes of Union Station, the Master Plan will shape the city’s premier destination for transit users, residents and visitors. Potential enhancements include creating a public space that is sensitive to the site’s historic and cultural fabric and adjacent neighborhoods.

Celebrate the site’s history

The Master Plan will celebrate the station and embrace all adjacent neighborhoods’ rich history, providing for development that complements the station’s architecture and heritage to reinforce Union Station’s place in history.

Provide connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods

One of the Master Plan’s primary goals is to create greater accessibility to Union Station from surrounding neighborhoods.

Improve the Union Station passenger experience

A program of improvements — ranging from upgraded signage to expanded services — will be designed to enhance each passenger’s visit.

Prepare for High Speed Rail

The Master Plan will be flexible to accommodate anticipated future arrival of high speed rail (HSR) serving Union Station.