AEG unveils stadium traffic impact (Daily Breeze)
The L.A. City Council — and those who tuned in — got their first peak at AEG’s plans for how to manage transportation to and from its proposed downtown football stadium. Of note for transit riders is this nugget: “AEG also plans to fund the expansion of a light rail station at Pico Boulevard that serves the Expo and Blue lines,” writes the Daily Breeze. In particular, the AEG representative discussed the possibility of adding a second platform to Pico Station to boost capacity. The L.A. Times and Daily News also have coverage of the hearing.
Good news for the oft-congested 710: The Port of L.A. and rail company BNSF are collaborating on a $500-million project that would improve ship-to-rail connections at the port. Port officials suggest that the project — dubbed the Southern California International Gateway — would eliminate 1.5 million truck trips from the 710 Freeway annually, or about 4,000 per day. This could also help reduce pollution, as trains typically move cargo much more efficiently than trucks.
Ben Baeder takes a look the West Santa Ana Transit Corridor project, an important, if less heralded Measure R project. Baeder traces the project back to a 2002 proposal for the corridor called the Orangeline. One version called for an elevated maglev train running from Santa Clarita to Santa Ana, via Burbank. As for the current Measure R project, the Southern California Association of Governments is heading up a preliminary analysis for the corridor that will evaluate bus rapid transit, light rail and other technologies. SCAG’s website says the agency plans to release a “locally preferred alternative” this fall.