Sep 012016
 

The Makers Exhibition At L.A. Union Station

A new exhibition at Los Angeles Union Station called “The Makers: Portraits of Metro Artists Whose Work Enriches the Rider’s Journey” by L.A.-based Todd Gray opens on August 25 in the passageway connecting Union Station East and West.

The public is invited to attend the first of a new “Artist Conversations” series on Thursday, August 25, with Gray and two of his artist subjects to learn about the people behind the 150-plus artworks on L.A. County’s Metro System.

Gray, a professional photographer and internationally exhibited artist, works in multiple genres including photo-based works as well as sculpture, painting and performance. The artists featured in this exhibition span multiple generations and come from a variety of backgrounds, including emerging artists who are relatively new to public art. The range of the group is a testament to the high concentration of creative talent living and working in Los Angeles today.

“All of our artworks strive to humanize the transit environment and make the experience of riding Metro more engaging and enjoyable,” said Maya Emsden, Deputy Executive Officer, Metro Creative Services. “Todd’s portraits show the artists in their homes and studios, in their element. For over two decades, Metro Art has been commissioning artists to create work designed with great care and consideration for their transit sites. We’re excited to celebrate the artists who serve the communities that Metro serves.”

The artists’ work can be seen throughout the Metro system, from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, and from Santa Monica to Monrovia. Some of the work is permanently built into the station architecture, while other artworks have been temporary projects such as art posters inside buses and trains, or murals surrounding Metro construction sites.

Artists included in “The Makers” exhibition include Carmen Argote, Judith Baca, Bill Bell, David Botello, Charles Dickson, Roy Dowell, Martin Durazo, June Edmonds, Cheri Gaulke, Ken Gonzalez Day, Phyllis Green, Clement Hanami, Wayne Healy, Phung Huynh, Joe Lewis, Ron Llanos, Man One, Michael Massenburg, Jessica Polzin McCoy, Christine Nguyen, Noni Olabisi, John Outterbridge, Sam Pace, Sonia Romero, Sandra Rowe, Alison Saar, Shizu Saldamando, Peter Shire, May Sun, Cha-Rie Tang and Richard Wyatt.

On Thursday, August 25, the first of a new Metro Art-produced “Artist Conversations” series will kick off, providing a unique opportunity for the public to learn about the people behind the art in the fast-growing Metro system. Art enthusiasts can hear artists’ stories and learn about their concepts and processes.

  • Conversation #1 – Thursday, August 25 with Todd Gray, Ken Gonzales-Day and Phung Huynh
  • Conversation #2 – Wednesday, September 21 with Carmen Argote, Martin Durazo, Jessica Polzin McCoy
  • Conversation #3 – Thursday, October 20 with Roy Dowell, June Edmonds and Michael Massenburg

All three conversations are free and will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall.

About Todd Gray
Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. He works in multiple genres including photo-based works as well as sculpture, paintings and performance. His work is featured in the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A. 2016” exhibition, now on view. Gray is a 2016 Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellow. His work has been included in recent solo and group exhibitions at the Luckman Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles; Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California African American Museum, Los Angeles; and The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, among others. Gray maintains studios in Inglewood and Ghana.

Metro Art Program
Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. Free docent-guided tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday and second Sunday of every month. Tours for groups of fifteen or more are also available by special arrangement. For more information, visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours, or call (213) 922-4ART.

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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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.