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.
The Metro Board of Directors holds their regular monthly meeting on Thursday at 9 a.m. at Metro headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is above; here’s a link to see it directly on Metro.net. As usual, I’ll be at the meeting and [continue reading]
Transportation headlines, special edition: LA Streetsblog's post "You can't fix traffic, you are the traffic" is a must read
If you have three minutes to spare, I highly recommend Damien Newton's post in response to an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times griping about Westside traffic. In the Times, editorial writer Carla Hall complained that Los Angeles City Council candidates for the Westside seat (11th district) didn't say [continue reading]
Metro Board considers contract to have cell phone equipment installed in Red and Purple Line station areas
The Metro Board will be considering a contract this month that would bring cell phone and wi-fi service to the subway system in Los Angeles. The Metro staff report on the contract is above. Once installed, cell service would be available throughout the public areas of the Red and Purple [continue reading]
Focus group says that these redesigned screens on Metro ticket machines are a big step in right direction; what do you think?
What do you think? Are we on the right track with these new screen designs? A focus group on Tuesday — the third focus group so far — indicated that ticket vending machine redesigns by Metro’s Creative Services Staff are headed in the right direction. All of the participants were [continue reading]
Countdown to I-10 Metro ExpressLanes: understanding the differences between the 10 and the 110 ExpressLanes
The ExpressLanes on the 10 freeway are scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, weather permitting. While the concept is the same as the existing ExpressLanes on the 110 freeway, there are some similarities and differences. The big similarity: if you plan to use the lanes in [continue reading]
With major projects coming online such as the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, the Regional Connector and the Westside Subway Extension, plus some 25 highway projects in construction phases, prime contractors and small business owners lost no time in making preparations for contracting opportunities at a unique mixer Wednesday. Twenty-five prime contractors [continue reading]