Suggest station locations for phase 1 of bikeshare program!

Bikeshare Interactive

Bikeshare Interactive

Metro is leading a regional effort to develop a user-friendly bikeshare system to increase transportation choices for people traveling to and from transit stations and making short trips. The program will provide a fleet of bicycles that can be borrowed from strategically placed bikeshare stations.

Metro is currently studying station locations in the Regional Bikeshare Implementation Plan and seeking input on areas identified for Phase 1 implementation: downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

Metro has proposed a number of initial launch stations. Let us know what you think of these locations by clicking ‘like’ or leaving a comment. If you know of a great spot for a bikeshare station, pin it on the map. If that location has already been suggested, you can tell us you ‘like’ it or give more information by leaving a comment.

Final bikeshare station locations will be determined by Metro, staff of Phase 1 cities and the bikeshare operator. Locations will be determined based on availability of space, right-of-way, ADA access, demand, support and numerous other factors. Implementation is currently planned for 2016.

With your help, Los Angeles County will be one step closer to a regional bikeshare system. Please visit the interactive map to make your station suggestions. Input will be accepted through September 8. For more information or to provide feedback, send an email to Bikeshare@metro.net.

Below is a short FAQ on bikesharing and station locations:

What is bikeshare?

Bikeshare programs provide a fleet of strategically located bicycles that can be borrowed for individual local trips. Bicycles can be returned to the same station or a separate one, depending on what suits your trip.

What makes a great bikeshare station location?

Bikeshare stations located near key destinations, rail and bus stations and within accessible distance of other bikeshare stations help people make trips.

What is Metro going to do with my proposed station sites?

Metro and implementing jurisdictions will consider all proposed station sites, comments, and ‘likes’ received as part of this process. Final selection of bikeshare station locations will take into account availability of space, right-of-way, ADA access, demand, support and numerous other items.

Why can’t I pin a station where I want?

We don’t want to waste your time—so we are limiting pins to areas being considered for Phase I. If you have other suggestions, please email them to bikeshare@metro.net

Which cities are being considered for Phase I implementation?

Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, and Santa Monica are being considered for Phase 1. As part of the Implementation Plan, Metro will be studying areas suitable for Phase 2 implementation.

Why are only four areas being considered? 

Metro is launching bikeshare in areas that have proven feasible, have secured funding, and are located around Metro rail system. The rail system provides a backbone connection between the pilot cities. With an integrated system, a user can ride the first 1-3 miles to a transit station on a bikeshare bike, dock their bike, ride transit to their destination, and pick up another bike to complete the last mile of their trip. As with many other Metro services, the benefits of bikeshare extend beyond the the communities surrounding stations. Anyone who lives, works, travels through, or visits the pilot cities will be able to utilize bikeshare. As part of the Implementation Plan, expansion areas will be identified throughout the County for future phases.

When will bikeshare hit the streets of L.A. County?  

Los Angeles County is trying to accomplish a feat that no other region has been able to by creating one integrated, countywide system, which provides a seamless user-experience. Metro is working closely with jurisdictions and departments to make this vision a reality. Implementation is currently planned for 2016.

Next Purple Line Extension community meeting set for September 18

Metro will be holding its next community meeting for the Purple Line Extension Project on September 18, 2014 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Metro’s Construction Relations team will provide updates on current pre-construction work for the project’s first phase, a nearly four-mile extension of the subway from its terrminus at Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega. The meeting will include info on advanced utility relocation, tree removal and landscaping plans, as well as future work activities over the coming months.

As always, the public is invited to hear the latest developments.  Details of the meeting follow:

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Parking is available in the lot at Spaulding and Wilshire. Cross Wilshire Blvd and enter through the back door of the auditorium.

The meeting is served by Metro bus lines 20, 217, 720, 780 and DASH Fairfax.

One Day in LA video looks into the future of Union Station

A nice, short video on beautiful Union Station by FORM follows FUNCTION. The video interviews Metro Deputy Executive Officer Jenna Hornstock, who provides a brief overview of the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan.

4-day closure of Huntington/2nd in Arcadia for Gold Line work begins Friday

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Here is the news release from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the 11.5-mile addition to the Gold Line between eastern Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border. Yep, it’s another project funded by Measure R:

Four-Day Full Closure of Huntington Dr & Second Ave Intersection Begins Friday Morning, August 8; Followed by Six Weeks of Nighttime Directional Closures

WHO:  Residents / Commuters / Businesses in the Cities of Arcadia.

WHAT: Crews will be performing two phases of work on the light rail bridge structure over the intersection of Huntington Dr and Second Ave in the City of Arcadia. This work is part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. The first phase of work will require a full closure of the intersection to thru-traffic for four days, beginning Friday morning, August 8, to allow crews to install the bridge girders.

Following the four-day full intersection closure, six weeks of nighttime directional closures will begin on Tuesday night, August 12, Sundays thru Thursdays ONLY, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Huntington Dr will be closed to thru-traffic in one direction at Second Ave (either eastbound or westbound; never concurrently), while no thru-traffic will be allowed on Second Ave at Huntington Dr. The directional closures are needed to install the cross beams and deck steel onto the light rail bridge structure.

During these closures, detours and signage will be posted to guide motorists and pedestrians around the work area. Access to all local businesses, including those on Huntington Dr and Second Ave, will remain available.

WHEN:

-        Full Closure:
Friday morning, August 8, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. thru Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.: The intersection of Huntington Dr and Second Ave will be fully closed to thru-traffic to install the bridge girders. Traffic will be detoured and signage will be posted to direct motorists and pedestrians (see detour map above).

-        Directional (One-Way) Nighttime Closures:
Beginning Tuesday night, August 12, 2014 for approximately six weeks, Sundays thru Thursdays ONLY, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.: Huntington Dr will be closed to thru-traffic at Second Ave in one direction (either eastbound or westbound; never concurrently), while no thru-traffic will be allowed on Second Ave at Huntington Dr. These closures are to install the cross beams and deck steel. Traffic will be detoured and signage will be posted to direct motorists and pedestrians during these hours. No work will be performed on Fridays or Saturdays.

WHERE: Intersection of Huntington Dr and Second Ave in the City of Arcadia.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

•Detour routes will be in place during the closures and signage will be posted to direct motorists and pedestrians.

•Access to all local businesses, including those on Huntington Dr and Second Ave, will remain available at all times during the construction.

•Bus stops in this vicinity may be temporarily relocated. For information about:

Foothill Transit bus services call (800) RIDE-INFO (800-743-3463) or go to www.foothilltransit.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION

-        Visit www.foothillgoldline.org

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About the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment between Union Station and Pasadena and is underway on the Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension (now known as the Foothill Gold Line) is a nearly $2 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is on time and on budget, and will be completed in late-September 2015 when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. It is fully funded by LA County’s Measure R. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $550 million, are being overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is undergoing advanced engineering and design. It will be shovel-ready for a design-build contract in 2017. The $1 billion segment is currently unfunded for construction.

Preview of August Metro Service Council meetings and public hearings

As the title of this story indicates, public hearings will be conducted this month in addition to the regular monthly Service Council meetings.

The San Fernando Valley and Westside/Central Service Councils will hold public hearings for proposed December service changes in their regions immediately following their regularly scheduled monthly meetings (days, times and locations are listed below). Since no major December service changes were proposed for the other regions, those Service Councils will not hold hearings. There will be one additional public hearing on the proposed service changes held in Metro’s Board room, at One Gateway Plaza in downtown LA, on Saturday, August 9 at 9 am. You can view information on the proposed changes, public hearings, and how to provide input on the proposals by visiting Metro’s webpage at http://www.metro.net/about/metro-service-changes/proposed-changes-metro-bus-service/

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on one of Metro’s Service Councils, Metro’s Service Council webpage has been updated to include a link showing current vacancies and explaining the process of applying for an open seat on the Councils. The information can be accessed on the main Service Council page, or on any of the individual Council pages, by clicking the link ton the right of the map titled ”Current Service Council Vacancies.”

All Service Councils are scheduled to receive a report on Metro’s Fare Restructuring Implementation, scheduled to go into effect September 15, and the monthly Director’s report, which provides statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service. For more information about each Service Council, click on the name of the Council to view their web page. Meeting topics for Service Council meetings this month, in addition to the Fare Restructuring Implementation presentation, include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 8/6) – Report on Orange Line Pedestrian Tunnel; Report on Line 155 – Universal City/Studio City Station Construction Detour. Immediately following the conclusion of the meeting, the Council will adjourn to the public hearing on proposed December 2014 service changes.

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 8/8) – Presentation on Metro’s Annual On-Board Survey; Update on Metro Green Line Latching and Impacts on Ridership.

San Gabriel Valley (5 pm, Monday, 8/11) – Presentation on Metro’s Annual On-Board Survey; Update on Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Phase 2 Draft EIR/EIS Public Outreach Plan.

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday, 8/13) – Update Purple Line Extension Utility Relocation Process. Immediately following the conclusion of the meeting, the Council will adjourn to the public hearing on proposed December 2014 service changes.

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday, 8/14) – Update on Metro Blue Line Refurbishment Work Schedule in Long Beach; Update on Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Phase 2 Draft EIR/EIS Public Outreach Plan.

For a detailed listing of all Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to servicecouncils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your e-mail.

Congress relents and funds Highway Trust Fund through next May

Here’s the update from Metro’s government relations staff:

Highway Trust Fund and Transportation Program Extension Bill is Sent to the President’s Desk

Last night, before the U.S. Senate departed Washington for a five week recess, Senators voted (81-13) to send the House’s bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund and extend authorization and appropriations for highway and transit programs to the President Obama’s desk for his signature. H.R. 5021 extends funding and programs until May 31, 2015. The Senate’s action comes after an attempt earlier this week to amend the House bill. Changes made by the Senate were rejected by the House yesterday and the bill was sent back to the Senate for reconsideration. As a previous White House Statement of Administration Policy expresses, the President supports H.R. 5021 and is expected to sign the legislation later this afternoon.

 

Transit agencies such as Metro rely on the Highway Trust Fund to provide money for maintenance and capital projects, among other important items. The House and the Senate have been bickering in recent days over how best to continue funding for the Highway Trust Fund without raising the federal gas tax, which was last increased in 1993.

In other words, this is a short-term fix. Here’s a Washington Post editorial published yesterday about the issue of the gas tax.

And how is Congress paying to keep the Trust Fund going? As CBS explains, through pension smoothing, a variety of U.S. Customs user fees and transferring money from a fund devoted to fixing leaking underground storage tanks.

 

Wires up on the Expo Line Phase 2!

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Photo courtesy Ron Miller

Nice view of the new overhead wires that will deliver power to trains along Expo Line Phase 2. The photo was taken on the stretch of track between the 10 freeway and Overland Avenue.

The six-mile rail project will extend the Expo Line from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations. The project is forecast to open in early 2016 and is funded primarily by the Measure R half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.