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Oh 405, oh 405…here’s a press release from Metro:
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor plans to fully close the southbound I-405 between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West Los Angeles on the following dates and times to facilitate the installation of a full-span freeway overhead sign:
- The night of Thursday, March 13 from midnight, to 5 a.m. on Friday, March 14.
- The night of Saturday, March 15 from midnight, to 5 a.m. on Sunday, March 16.
- Lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.
- Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m.
- Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp
- Southbound Sunset on-ramps
- Southbound Wilshire on-ramps
- Southbound I-405 to eastbound I-10 connector
- Southbound I-405 to westbound I-10 connector
Detour: From the southbound I-405, exit at Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn right to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to westbound National Boulevard, and turn left on to the southbound I-405 on-ramp on National Boulevard.
What to expect:
Good afternoon, Source readers! I’m back from a few days off and in catch-up mode, so please forgive if some of this news isn’t so new….
Analyst Ben Adler takes a look at the latest APTA numbers that boast that Americans took 10.7 billion transit trips in 2013, the most since 1956. Ben’s point:
But the [New York] Times neglects to point out the larger relative term: Compared to 60 years ago (when mass transit systems were actually less comfortable; the New York City subway wasn’t even air-conditioned), transit ridership is way down. The important number, after all, isn’t total transit trips taken, it’s total transit trips divided by population. Since our population has nearly doubled since 1956, that means our transit use has been cut in half.
Americans made a series of disastrous decisions in the 1950s through roughly 2005, moving us heavily toward suburban sprawl and driving. And we kept on making them even in the face of gathering evidence that they were contributing to the environmental catastrophe of climate change. A shift back toward a better system is worth celebrating, but keep the champagne corked until we’ve actually increased the percentage of Americans taking mass transit, not just improved slightly from a terrible low point.
I agree with Ben — it’s good to see ridership on the rise in many places and I think it’s smart to build more transit. But I don’t think the latest numbers show anything has fundamentally changed in how Americans get around. In case you’re wondering, the latest numbers from the Census Bureau shows that 7.1 percent of commuters in Los Angeles County use public transit. About 72.2 percent drove alone and 10.9 percent carpooled while 2.9 percent walked and 2.1 percent reached work by other means. Almost five percent of people worked at home.
I think the big question for everyone in the public transit world and for elected officials is this: what does it take to keep nudging that 7.1 percent number upward?
Blind man survives being run over by a Metro train (L.A. Times)
A blind man apparently walked off the edge of the platform at the Wilshire/Vermont subway station as a train was approaching on Thursday afternoon — and survived and is thankfully expected to make a full recovery. As way of background, the yellow pylons on Metro Rail platforms were installed as a way to prevent visually-challenged people from walking off platforms and falling between rail cars (which unfortunately happened on the Blue Line in early 2009).
The fee is back to the Frank McCourt-era $15 unless fans go online and buy a parking ticket in advance for $10. Team officials say the move is intended to alleviate traffic congestion at the gates, where money transactions take longer than simply handing a ticket to the attendant. Sounds reasonable enough to me. On a related note, we’ll have more info soon about Dodger Stadium Express service for the 2014 season, which will surely be the year for my Cincinnati Reds :)
As downtown L.A. grows, big money investors rush in (Downtown News)
DTLA seems to be attracting a wider variety of developers these days — beyond the usual flow of money from Asia, the Downtown News reports. The article also has this interesting observation: it’s seemingly easier for developers from elsewhere to see the potential of DTLA over long-time residents and developers, who can’t look beyond the ghost town years of the 1980s and ’90s. I’m sure part of it, too, is that developers from elsewhere must be struck by the number of old buildings waiting to be rehabbed or the number of half-filled surface parking lots just sitting there and doing little good for anyone but their owners.
The race is on for the transit ticket of tomorrow (The Atlantic Cities)
Smart story looking at the dilemma faced by many large transit agencies when it comes to choosing a fare payment system that is accessible to all riders but uses the latest technology (such as paying with smart phones). The answer isn’t so simple but linking fare cars to smart phones seems to the answer for some agencies.
We are collecting nominations for the Year-Round Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a monthly Why You Ride series – because for many Angelenos, Bike Week never ends!
Since the age of 8, Rio dreamed of being a bike mechanic. Ten years later, at the age of 18, she got involved in her first bicycle library, a community bike co-op, in Arcata, California. There she learned the details of being a mechanic, business savvy, and a lot about advocacy–skills she has carried with her to today.
The following year she moved to Oakland, Cycles of Change’s hometown, where Rio got a job as a bicycle educator for an after school bike club. It was a hands-on learning experience, and she taught bike safety and commuting in addition to an array of topics under environmental and social justice. During that time, she also traveled around California visiting bicycle coalitions, organizations, and co-ops such as Cycles of Change, where she worked hard coordinating many of their bike education programs.
The demand for public transportation rose last year as Americans took 10.7 billion trips, the highest transit ridership in 57 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide.
Metro Rail saw an overall ridership increase of 5.4% in 2013, mostly due to the popularity of the Expo Line.
Here’s the press release from APTA:
In 2013 Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.
“Last year people took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation. As the highest annual ridership number since 1956, Americans in growing numbers want to have more public transit services in their communities,” said Peter Varga, APTA Chair and CEO of The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI. “Public transportation systems nationwide – in small, medium, and large communities – saw ridership increases. Some reported all-time high ridership numbers.”
Some of the public transit agencies reporting record ridership system-wide or on specific lines were located in the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Espanola, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Pompano Beach, FL; Riverside, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Carlos, CA; Tampa, FL; Yuma, AZ; and New York, NY.
Since 1995 public transit ridership is up 37.2 percent, outpacing population growth, which is up 20.3 percent, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is up 22.7 percent.
“There is a fundamental shift going on in the way we move about our communities. People in record numbers are demanding more public transit services and communities are benefiting with strong economic growth,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.
“Access to public transportation matters,” continued Melaniphy. “Community leaders know that public transportation investment drives community growth and economic revitalization.”
Another reason behind the ridership increases is the economic recovery in certain areas.
When more people are employed, public transportation ridership increases since nearly 60 percent of the trips taken on public transportation are for work commutes.”
“The federal investment in public transit is paying off and that is why Congress needs to act this year to pass a new transportation bill,” said Melaniphy.
To see the complete APTA 2013 ridership report, go to: http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/2013-q4-ridership-APTA.pdf
2013 Ridership Breakdown
Heavy rail (subways and elevated trains) ridership increased by 2.8 percent across the country as 8 out of 15 transit systems reported increases. Heavy rail in Miami, FL, saw an increase of 10.6 percent that was mostly due to increased frequency during peak service. Other heavy rail systems with increases in ridership for 2013 were in the following cities: Los Angeles, CA (4.8%); New York, NY (4.2%); and Cleveland, OH (2.9%).
Nationally, commuter rail ridership increased by 2.1 percent in 2013 as 20 out of 28 transit systems reported increases. With a new rail line that opened in December 2012, commuter rail in Salt Lake City, UT, saw an increase of 103.3 percent. The following five commuter rail systems saw double digit increases in 2013: Austin, TX (37.3%); Harrisburg-Philadelphia, PA (33.9%); Anchorage, AK (30.0%); Lewisville, TX (23.0%); Stockton, CA (19.9%); Minneapolis, MN (12.5%); and Portland, OR (10.3%).
Light rail (modern streetcars, trolleys, and heritage trolleys) ridership increased 1.6 percent in 2013 with 17 out of 27 transit systems reporting increases. Systems that showed double digit increases in 2013 were located in the following cities: New Orleans, LA (28.9%); Denver, CO (14.9%); and San Diego, CA (10.4%). Ridership in the following cities also saw increases in 2013: Seattle, WA – Sound Transit (9.8%); Pittsburgh, PA (7.5%); Salt Lake City, UT (6.8%); Los Angeles, CA (6.0%); San Jose, CA (3.6%); and Philadelphia, PA (3.5%).
Bus ridership increased by 3.8 percent in cities with a population of below 100,000. Nationally, bus ridership in communities of all sizes remained stable, declining by 0.1 percent.
Large bus systems with increases were located in the following areas: Washington, DC (3.5%); Houston, TX (3.4%); Cincinnati, OH (3.4%); and Seattle, WA (3.1%).
Demand response (paratransit) ridership increased in 2013 by 0.5 percent.
Here’s the news release from Metro:
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct a full night-time only closure of the northbound I-405 between Getty Center Drive and the Greenleaf onramp on the night of Tuesday, March 11 from midnight to 5 a.m. (morning of Wednesday, March 12) and the night of Wednesday, March 12 from midnight to 5 a.m. (morning of Thursday, March 13). The closure will accommodate shifting k-rail from the inside lanes to the outside lanes and shifting traffic to the west. A restriping of the freeway lanes in this area will take place.
Closure information is as follows:
- Full northbound I-405 closure from Getty Center Drive to the northbound Greenleaf on-ramp
- Additional Closures
- Ramps begin closing at 7 p.m.
- Lanes begin closing at 10 p.m.
- Northbound I-405 connector to US 101 north
- Northbound Sunset Boulevard on-ramp
- Northbound Moraga Drive on-ramp
- Northbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp
- Northbound Skirball on-ramp
From I-405 northbound: take the northbound Getty off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound Greenleaf Street on-ramp.
What to expect:
- Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
- Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) are inviting the community to an open house for the new Airport Integrated Project Management Office (IPMO).
Saturday, March 15, 2014
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Airport IPMO
9323 Bellanca Avenue
Los Angeles, 90045
Community residents, property owners, business owners and merchants along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project alignment are invited to learn how Metro and WSCC staff are collaborating, designing and beginning to build the 8.5-mile, $2.058 billion light-rail project that will extend from Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards to the Metro Green Line. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, entertainment by the Crenshaw High School Jazz Band, refreshments and a raffle. Free parking will be available in an adjacent lot. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 922-2736.