Your Friday Send-off: Jimmy Eat World – 23

Jimmy Eat World’s 10 year anniversary tour for Futures hits downtown Los Angeles this Sunday…the album came out when I was in college, which probably gives you an idea of how old I am. If you’re heading to the concert at Club Nokia, consider going Metro–I am!

Take the Red or Purple Line to 7th Street/Metro Center and walk a few blocks south on Figueroa Street. You might be surprised at how much nicer the walk is now compared to even just one year ago. (Figat7th has a lot to do with this.) For those who want to walk less, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. The Silver Line also stops near LA LIVE on Figueroa and Flower.

Here’s one of my favorite songs from Futures to get you ready for the weekend. As always, if enjoying music on bus or train, please remember to use your headphones. And if you want to tell me what I “should” be listening to, let me know in the comments or tweet me at @metrolosangeles!

P.S. Bonus track after the jump. The guitar riffs in 23 are great, but the lyrics in Kill still get me every time.

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Metro responds to op-ed in L.A. Times on 405 freeway detour and construction signage

The following statement is from Metro in response to an op-ed that ran earlier this week in the Los Angeles Times saying there is a need for more detour signs for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project:

The buck stops with Metro. We are the lead agency responsible for communicating 405 impacts to the public. We take that responsibility seriously. Overall, we have a very good track record for getting the word out about this project’s construction work. Metro has implemented a program of portable message signs that exceeds Caltrans requirements for freeway construction projects. Portable message signs are activated on a 24/7 basis on both the northbound and southbound 405. When there are no ramp closures, these message signs display 55 MPH limit information. At Skirball Center Drive, needed ramp closures are shown on message signs in advance near the northbound Getty off ramp. Metro has confirmed with its contractor that correct signage for the Skirball ramp closure the night of October 28 was in effect, providing a strong indication that the system is in fact working reliably on a daily basis. Drivers’ view of the signs can be temporarily obstructed by other passing vehicles. Fortunately, this project is winding down and we anticipate ever dwindling impacts to drivers. The public is still encouraged to track remaining work utilizing any one of Metro’s numerous outreach channels. Metro updates construction information twice per day, seven days a week at:

Project Hotline: 213.922.3665

Metro and Caltrans hold public hearings on High Desert Corridor draft EIR/EIS


Here is the news release from Metro:

To continue informing the public about one of the most comprehensive transportation plans ever proposed for north Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will host a series of public hearings to receive input on a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) on the High Desert Corridor (HDC) released September 30, 2014.

The public comment period, open until December 2, 2014, seeks input on the HDC, a 63 mile corridor connecting SR-14 in Los Angeles County with US-395, I-15 and the SR 18/Bear Valley Road in San Bernardino County. HDC aims to improve travel safety and reliability while connecting residential, commercial and industrial areas in the Antelope Valley and Victor Valley, with major elements under study including a new highway/ expressway, tollway, high speed rail feeder service, potential green energy production and/or transmission facilities and a bikeway. The Draft EIR/EIS considers four build alternatives and the legally required “no build” alternative.

The hearing dates are:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Lake Los Angeles Elementary School
16310 East Avenue Q
Palmdale, CA 93591

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.*

Endeavour School of Exploration
12403 Ridgecrest Rd
Victorville, CA 92395

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.*
Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Manzanita Ballroom
38350 Sierra Highway
Palmdale, CA 93550

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Apple Valley Conference Center
14975 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley, CA 92307

*These meetings will be broadcasted live on the Internet. To participate, please go to Webcast begins 30 minutes after each start time.

The Draft EIS/EIR may be viewed online at: and at

The public is encouraged to review the Draft EIR/EIS and plan on attending the upcoming public hearings. The public is asked to assess whether or not the potential impacts have been addressed and provide any information that should be included in the final document.  Following the comment period, Caltrans and Metro will evaluate the comments received, revise the document as needed and select a preferred alternative.

The public can submit written comments until December 2, 2014, using the following tools:

Mail -Ronald Kosinki, Caltrans District 7, Division of Environmental Planning, 100 South Main Street, MS 16A, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Electronic comments can be submitted through the Caltrans and Metro websites at- and

Public Hearings – Verbal and written comments may be submitted during any of the four public hearings noted above.

For those going Metro to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

street-closures-west-hollywood-halloween-carnaval-503x400As per usual, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval will draw a huge and freaky crowd Friday night (we mean that as a compliment!). That means the street closures shown above will be in effect and a few Metro Bus Lines — the 2, 4, 10, 30, 105, 704 and 705 — will detour around the Carnaval.

Another reminder for those attending Halloween events throughout Los Angeles County: as per usual on the weekends, Metro Rail and the Orange Line and Silver Line will be running until 2 a.m. both Friday and Saturday night. Maps and timetables are here. Please consider taking transit, a taxi, ride-sharing or using a designated driver if you plan on celebrating (or over-celebrating) the holiday/weekend.

Specific line-by-line detour info is here for the WeHo Halloween Carnaval. Please note that you can use all the above buses to reach the Carnaval, although there is some walking involved between bus stops and the Carnaval.

If you are taking the 4 Bus or 704 Bus that runs on Santa Monica Boulevard, the eastbound detour begins at Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Drive — a half-mile walk to the beginning of the Carnaval. The westbound detour begins at Santa Monica and Fairfax — a .7-mile walk to the start of the Carnaval.

The city of West Hollywood is also running its trolley on the east side of the closures — the trolley will get you close to the start of the Carnaval.




Go Metro Weekends, October 31 to November 2

Besides heading to these Día de los Muertos celebrations, here are some other events to go Metro to this weekend.


Now in its fifteenth year, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical will be held at the iO West Theatre in Hollywood at 9 p.m. Sit back and watch some of the best local comedians bring their A-game as they make up the entire performance on the spot! The Broadway-style musical is a 21-years-and-older event with tickets only $10. Make reservations or arrive early as seats will fill quickly. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station and head west on Hollywood Boulevard.)


The fifth annual El Sereno Día de los Muertos is happening this Saturday with free activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. with poetry readings, crafts, live music and an altar walk. (DASH El Sereno to Huntington/Pueblo or Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Portola.)

Check out the world’s best horses during the Breeder’s Cup championship races at Santa Anita Park. This will be a star-studded event, so ladies and gentlemen should come dressed to impress! Admission starts at $10, races begin at 3 p.m. (Metro Bus 78/79 to Huntington/Centennial.)


Head to the Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion for a special outdoor exhibit on some of the most exotic and dangerous spider species in the world. This is a perfect event to add to the family’s Halloween festivities. And don’t worry, the eight-legged creatures will be under careful supervision. The spider display is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timed tickets are required. Adult admission for both museum and pavilion is $17, show your TAP card to save! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.)

All Weekend

Going to the first-ever Hello Kitty Con in Little Tokyo? Go Metro so you won’t have to spend hours searching for parking! (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Treat yourself to fine dining this weekend at the Traxx Restaurant in Union Station. The restaurant is known for its classic American cuisine and art deco interior design. Go Metro and save 10% on your meal after 5 p.m. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple or Silver Line to Union Station.)

Want to get the most out of Metro? Here’s some more information.

Transportation headlines, October 31, 2014: Halloween edition

Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

ART OF TRANSIT: Evening in the East Portal of Union Station. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

ART OF TRANSIT: The dark of evening in the East Portal of Union Station. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Happy Halloween, everybody. Below is a screen grab from one of the scariest scenes filmed on transit; I remember watching this from under my seat at the Carousel Theater on Reading Road in Cincy thirtysomething years ago. Elder Source Readers should be able to name this classic movie and they likely recall that the dude below is correct. Things are about to get even less amusing for him. Please feel free to nominate other Halloween-worthy transit scenes in the comments section!


Trains are not the silver bullet (Zocalo)

In advance of Monday night’s Zocalo Public Square forum on “Are Trains the Future of L.A.?,” Zocalo asks five local transportation experts for their opinion. There seems to be consensus that trains certainly can’t and won’t be the only mobility option around — and shouldn’t be seen as such. Streetsblog editor Damien Newton sums it up nicely:

The future is going to require us to provide more choices as a growing population makes car-driving-for-everyone impossible. A transit system—with trains as its backbone—will also encourage more busing, biking, and walking for anyone who needs to get from one place to the other.

Not everyone will choose to ride a train, even if the stop is right outside of their front door. The key is providing a lot of transportation modes so that people can make choices. Many will still choose to drive. That’s OK too. But I choose a future that doesn’t require me to get on the 10 to get downtown or the 405 to get to my brother’s house. I suspect that many people will join me.

It’s a good topic as four Metro Rail lines are under construction and a fifth will soon join them, thanks to Measure R funding. For those scoring at home, the quintet are Expo Line Phase 2, the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector and the Purple Line Extension subway. Which reminds me: I have some nice photos from the Expo Line Construction Authority of recent that we’ll post next week :)

Gold Line an economic catalyst for San Gabriel Valley (SGV Tribune)

Gold Line Foothill Extension CEO opines that the 11.5-mile Foothill Extension to the Azusa/Glendora border isn’t just a plus for mobility in the Valley — it will boost the economy throughout the corridor. Excerpt:

The Gold Line is a true example of how public investment in transportation creates bigger opportunities for our region as a whole. Since the project’s first phase, to Pasadena, opened 11 years ago, more than 1,800 residential units and 175,000 square feet of retail and commercial space have been built within an easy walk to Pasadena’s six stations. In South Pasadena, the Gold Line has helped transform the downtown into a vibrant shopping district, filled with higher density housing, restaurants and boutiques.

Similarly, the 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, which is on budget and more than 80 percent complete, offers built-in economic development opportunities between and around its six new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.

My three cents: There are a lot of good opportunities remaining along both the existing and future Gold Line tracks — I’m talking to you, downtown Arcadia! :) And it has been great to see South Pasadena take advantage of the existing Gold Line, something which took a while to come to fruition.

L.A. officials: no active fault under Hollywood development site (L.A. Times) 

The fault under a proposed 16-story building near the Hollywood/Vine Red Line stop is deemed inactive and, thus, poses no danger to the future structure. That could have implications on the nearby Millennium development, where a pair of skyscrapers are proposed and investigations are underway as to whether the Hollywood Fault runs under the site.

57/60 freeway improvements on the way (Press Telegram)

Another opinion piece on another San Gabriel Valley topic: the dreaded 57-60 interchange in Diamond Bar, where the 57 from Orange County blobs into the 60, creating one of the big freeway messes in the country. There’s a project being planned to fix the interchange — which just received $10 million from a federal grant. This is one of those freeway corridors beyond the reach of regional transit.

City of Santa Clarita holds ribbon cutting for McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project

The city of Santa Clarita held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the completion of the McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project. The project was funded with $3.775 million through Metro’s 2009 Call for Projects. The city contributed $3.088 million.

The McBean Bridge Widening and Bike Path Project includes the widening of the McBean Parkway Bridge to eight lanes to improve traffic flow, the addition of a raised landscaped median and asphalt improvements.

The project also added a dedicated bike path and protected sidewalk on the bridge to connect the Santa Clara River Trail and the South River Trail. An additional trail connection beneath the north side of the bridge to connect the east and west portions of the Santa Clara River Trail was also built, providing improved connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians.