A few months ago, Santa Monica held a pop-up street improvement event to show how Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) can be improved. The event was very successful, with numerous participants stopping by and providing feedback.
Check out the above video to see the temporary installations featured at the event, including traffic calming devices, curb extensions, enhanced landscaping, places for neighbors to gather and wayfinding signage.
Report on Expo Line impact on CC bus ridership by sourcemetro
Above is a powerpoint from Culver City on the Expo Line’s impacts on bus ridership. The bottom line: there has definitely been an uptick in ridership since the Expo Line’s first phase fully opened in June 2012.
Equally interesting, there is also some information on potential expansion of bus service to serve Expo Line riders — i.e. bus service between Playa Vista and the Expo Line. Intriguing, for sure.
Fun video from San Francisco Muni and their Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Committee on the need for people to surrender their seats on buses and trains for senior and disabled riders.
Metro Business Opportunities Summit
The Community Leadership Council (CLC) in partnership with Metro invites you to come learn about business and professional opportunities at the Metro Business Opportunities Summit. The Summit is a forum for Metro to inform and educate local small businesses around South Los Angeles about the broad range of economic opportunities. During the Summit, both Metro and Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors will highlight the broad range of their respective business opportunities and non-construction-related professional career options that will be available on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project and other transit projects.
The Metro Business Opportunities Summit is taking place on Monday, October 28, 2013, from 9am to 3pm at the California African American Museum located at 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037.
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Peter Watkinson/Metro
Thousands of schools across the country and in more than 40 other nations worldwide celebrate walking to school every “Walktober” and this morning, L.A. joined in with its first citywide Walk to School Day. Numerous schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District held events and organized walk parties to encourage students and their families to try walking to class, and LADOT provided planning and logistical support.
“Walk to School Day may be a one-day event, but it inspires families to walk to school and leads to long-term changes that encourage more walking and bicycling in our communities,” Mayor and Metro Board Member Eric Garcetti said.
Badge of honor! Photo: Anna Chen/Metro
Metro worked with Grant Elementary School to help the school participate in Walk to School Day as part of the Safe Routes to School pilot program. Walk parties were organized, and Metro staff was on hand to guide the kids to school while getting them amped up about walking. Metro also held a SRTS committee meeting for parents and other community leaders to learn about how they can find safe walking – and biking – routes and promote physical activity for students.
Metro will be working with other schools to hold more events throughout “Walktober.” Check the SRTS page for more information on what’s coming up!
Art of Transit: Walking school bus heads down Hollywood Boulevard!
Great new transit ad from Vasttrafik, a transit provider in Sweden. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just further proof that transit agencies better put on their clever hats when it comes to marketing and providing service that can compete with the open road.
As Angie Schmitt writes at Streetsblog:
If only public transit in the United States had the same marketing bucks behind it that car companies do, maybe people wouldn’t be spending $42,000 — not much less than the median American household income— on a used GMC Sierra.
Angie also posted this gem from the Utah Transportation Authority from 2011:
A walking school bus! Photo: Walk to School Day L.A. Official Facebook
When I was in elementary school, I walked to school every day. I lived four blocks away and it just didn’t make any sense for my parents to drive me. These days, however, many parents prefer to drive their kids to school, despite living within walking distance. Well, October – a.k.a. Walktober – is the perfect chance to have kids to try walking to school, and they won’t have to do it alone.
Wednesday, October 9 is Walk to School Day, both nationally and in the City of Los Angeles, and many schools and communities are organizing events to help get their kids to school on foot. It’s a way for parents, students, school personnel and other community members to directly experience the walk to school, and it generates awareness about the importance of physical activity, the fun of walking, and early identification of safety concerns.
Check with your school to see if they’ll be participating on Oct. 9. A list of participants can also be found here.
A media event was held at the Blue Line’s Willowbrook station on Monday morning — please see the above video. Here are safety stats we posted last month and below is the news release from Metro:
September is suicide prevention month
Fatal accidents plummet on Metro Blue Line, but suicide rate rising
Elected officials, Metro executives, a Sheriff commander and suicide prevention experts today joined a former Metro train operator in appealing to the public to help stop the rash of suicides on the Metro Blue Line.
Three of the four deaths on the Metro Blue Line in 2013 have been suicides. Last year at this time there were eight deaths on the line including four suicides.
“Light rail trains operate at grade in urban areas throughout the world without the prevalence of suicide we’re experiencing on the Metro Blue Line,” said Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois. “I’m very concerned about this and am appealing to the public to help Metro reverse the trend. We continue to invest in safety improvements couple with education and enforcement of safety laws. And while our rail safety ambassadors and operators have thwarted some suicide attempts, we can’t stop them all.”
Metro can keep upgrading its safety warning devises as much as it needs, but without the public participation accidents and suicides will keep happening.”
The Tracks to Success job fair for veterans will be held at Union Station on Thursday, September 19. The event will focus exclusively on opportunities in the rail transportation industry for veterans, active duty military members, guard and reserve members and military spouses.
September 19, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA
The job fair will take place in the old Harvey House Resaurant.
Metro has a pretty good track record when it comes to hiring those with military status. Currently, there are 600 employees at Metro who have identified with military status, and 100 of them were hired between January 2012 to June 2013.
Mayor Aja Brown visits with vendors at the Blue LIine Farmers’ Market.
Blue Line Farmers’ Market ribbon cutting!
Photos courtesy of City of Compton
The official ribbon cutting of the Blue Line Farmers’ Market took place this past Wednesday. Major Aja Brown and Compton City Council are fighting back and providing the City of Compton with fresh fruits and vegetables to combat the city’s designation as a ‘Food Desert.’
According to the USDA, the City of Compton meets the criteria of a ‘Food Desert’ because more than 15% of its residents are 1 ½ mile or more from a grocery store. The city’s new Blue Line Farmers’ Market was developed by the Mayor and City Council, in partnership with Metro, to allow residents and riders access to healthy, organic fruits and vegetables.
“The Blue Line Farmers’ Market will not only provide healthy food options for residents of the Compton community, but the market will be accessible to the over 90,000 daily Metro Blue Line riders…” states Mayor Brown.
The Blue Line Farmers’ Market takes place every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To get there, take the Blue Line to Compton Station or Metro Bus 202 to Willowbrook/Compton. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Go Metro and save 10% on your purchase. Just show your valid TAP card to any market vendor to receive the discount!