Metro’s Regional Connector project will connect Metro’s Blue, Expo, and Gold lines via a 1.9-mile extension of light rail tracks beneath downtown Los Angeles. Early pre-construction activities, such as utility relocations, are already underway and construction of the three new stations and track is expected to begin in late 2013/early 2014. As part of the [continue reading]
Census Bureau data tells the story: while room for improvement in many ways, L.A. County has typical commutes when compared to U.S.
The U.S. Census Bureau released some new data sets yesterday, although some of the numbers have been around for a while or will be familiar to some readers. I don’t think there’s anything shocking about the number of people driving into Los Angeles County to work — not exactly surprising [continue reading]
House GOP releases plan to fund U.S. government for balance of federal fiscal year 2013; yep, it cuts transportation funding
Hey — at least this post isn’t about the sequester! From Metro’s government relations squad: Today [Monday], the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) released the text of legislation (H.R. 933) that would serve to fund the U.S. Government through the end of Federal Fiscal [continue reading]
As you may have heard, there’s a primary election Tuesday in Los Angeles to elect the next mayor of the second-largest city in the nation — a city with about 3.8 million inhabitants and some well-known transportation challenges. So even if you get all scratchy and/or break out in hives [continue reading]
Gold Line Foothill Extension project awards third and final contract for construction of light rail line from Pasadena to Azusa
The Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority issued the following news release on Friday. In the meantime, numerous bridges are under construction throughout the alignment and particularly in Azusa and Arcadia. Ground has been broken on the first at-grade crossings (at Highland Avenue in Duarte and Dalton Avenue in Azusa) [continue reading]
Metro’s round of monthly Service Council meetings will kick off this Wednesday night (March 6) with the San Fernando Valley meeting in Van Nuys. For the first time in several months, there will be no additional or date/time changes to any of the meetings since each Service Council has conducted their public outreach session to receive [continue reading]
Here is some interesting data gathered from recent testing of gate latching at the Normandie, North Hollywood and Western stations on the Red/Purple Line subway. The takeaways: 1) one-way fares, stored value and pass sales significantly increased when the gates were latched; 2) Free entries — i.e. mainly those not [continue reading]
I had the good fortune of attending a forum last night with Janette Sadik-Khan, the innovative Transportation Commissioner for New York City. She was the featured speaker at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs Complete Streets Initiative, an effort to make local streets more user-friendly for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users [continue reading]
•The Board approved a $33.2-million, five-year contract with the California Vanpool Authority, Enterprise Rent-a-Car Company of Los Angeles and VPSI, Inc., to provide vanpool services to Metro. Metro staff report •The Board voted to accept $26.1 million from the state of California’s Prop 1B to help fund the I-405 Sepulveda [continue reading]
The gavel dropped at about 9:40 a.m. on today's Metro Board of Directors for those keeping score at home. Here's the agenda. Metro doesn't provide video or audio online streaming of its Board meetings, but those who want to listen in by phone can call 213-922-6045.