Reminder: supplemental draft EIR for Regional Connector available for public review

 

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The refinements in the report involve the alignment of the proposed tunnels through Little Tokyo. The memo from the project team:

Metro is currently circulating the Supplemental Environmental Assessment/Recirculated Sections of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Supplemental EA/Recirculated Draft EIR Sections) presenting information on the refinements to the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Regional Connector.

You are invited to review and comment on this document. The 45-day public review and comment period for the Supplemental EA/Recirculated Draft EIR Sections began on July 22, 2011 and will end September 6, 2011.

A copy of the Supplemental EA/Recirculated Draft EIR Sections is available at metro.net/regionalconnector and at public libraries in the study area. For a full listing of these libraries, please visit the project website at metro.net/regionalconnector.

You may submit your comments as follows:

• By e-mail to: regionalconnector@metro.net

• By US Mail to: Ms. Dolores Roybal Saltarelli, Project Manager, Metro, 1 Gateway Plaza, MS 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA 90012

• By going to our website at metro.net/regionalconnector and clicking on “Contact Us”

Many thanks for your ongoing interest in the Metro Regional Connector.


 

To repeat: the Crenshaw/LAX Line final environmental document has been released

In case you missed our earlier post, here’s the news release about the release Wednesday of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, a key Measure R transit project.

The entire document can be viewed online — here’s the link. It’s long, as these reports always are.

The Metro Board of Directors are scheduled to vote on the document at their Sept. 22 meeting. The big issues concerning the project that the Board still must decide are these:

•Whether to build a below grade separation at La Brea.

•Whether to build the rail line below grade between its northern terminus at Exposition Boulevard and 39th Street due to potential impacts with traffic and property in that area. The above rendering shows what the transfer would look like between the Expo and Crenshaw lines under this scenario.

•Whether to the the rail line in a partially covered trench adjacent to the south runways for Los Angeles International Airport, as is requested by the Federal Aviation Administration for safety reasons. The partially covered trench is an interim solution — a fully covered trench could be built when funding becomes available.

*Whether to build a maintenance facility for the line near LAX — at Arbor Vitae and Bellanca. The Board of Directors approved the location earlier this year, but now must formally incorporate the site into the project.

Finally, the Board must vote to certify the document under California environmental law. In addition, the document must be approved by the Federal Transit Administration under national environmental law. If all these approvals occur, then the project could reach the construction stage by summer 2013.

 

Final environmental report released for Crenshaw/LAX light rail line

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Metro last night released the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which is available online.

The report will be considered by the Metro Board of Directors at their Sept. 22 meeting. Approval of the report is necessary before construction of the project can begin.

There is, of course, a wealth of information about the 8.5-mile rail line in the report and I encourage anyone interested in the project to read at least parts of it and to make an official comment on it.

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is scheduled to open by 2018 and is funded in part by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

Here’s the news release from Metro on the report’s release:

 

Crenshaw /LAX Transit Corridor Advancing to Next Phase

The Federal Transit Adminstration (FTA) today [Wednesday] gave approval to release the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (FEIS/R) for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor.

The FEIS/R will be presented to the Metro Board of Directors Sept. 22 for their action. Approval by the Metro Board is necessary to move the project to the construction phase.

“For more than 50 years Los Angeles has waited for a rail line connecting the Crenshaw Corridor to LAX. That sound you hear is this train finally moving out of the station. Today we took one large step forward to putting 7,800 people to work constructing the Crenshaw Line,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.

“We have asked the federal government to change their rules and regulations so that we can award contracts to construct this and other lines to local companies who hire local workers. Creating jobs is important to all of us, but putting Angelenos back to work is my top priority,” said Villaraigosa.

“FTA approval of the environmental document for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor represents a big step forward,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “The Crenshaw/LAX Line represents one of the largest public works projects in South Los Angeles. This $1.76 billion investment will bring much needed jobs, economic development, congestion relief and improve air quality along the corridor. I applaud the FTA for working with Metro staff in ensuring environmental approval.”

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I-405 Contractor to Pour New Deck for Sunset Bridge

Construction crews pour sections for new deck on Sunset Bridge as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

Marking a new phase in the bridge rebuilding effort for Sunset Bridge, work crews will complete pouring the bridge’s new southside deck which spans the the 405 freeway Wednesday night, August 31.

Work will require the closure of southbound I-405 for 1.75 miles between the Sunset offramp and Wilshire Boulevard in the early morning hours Thursday.  See details in latest construction notice.

The Sunset Bridge itself will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Street and freeway traffic will be detoured for one night only to parallel streets and next available on-ramps to get around the closures.

By now, these types of freeway closures are pretty routine. Not to be confused with a multi-day, bi-directional freeway closure like that which occurred last July during Carmageddon weekend, these type of closures happen on only one side of the freeway at a time and are over and done within a few hours, usually between midnight and 5 a.m.  They are reserved for major construction work to preserve public safety.

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Missed the Green Line to LAX workshops? You can still share your thoughts by taking this survey

Green Line to LAX Community Workshops solicited comments from attendees.

Green Line to LAX Community Workshops solicited comments from attendees.

Yesterday was the last of the first round of community workshops for the the Green Line to LAX extension. According to the project team over 200 people attended the three workshops to learn more about the project and offer their input on how best to connect the Green Line to the airport.

If you weren’t able to attend the meetings, fear not, you can still share your feedback with the project team.

First, I recommend getting some background information on the project. This can be found on the project page on Metro.net, the project’s Facebook page or right here on The Source.

Once you’ve done that there are a number of methods to share your input. First is the LAX User Questionnaire, a 16-question survey about how you currently get to LAX and how you’d prefer to get to LAX. Another option is to use this online comment/feedback form to email the project team specific comments.

Comments are requested by October 1, 2011.

Gold Line Foothill Extension construction update

Here is the latest news from Foothill Extension Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian:

Equipment is being mobilized this week for the upcoming foundation work on the I-210 Bridge. As you can see from the images, a large drill rig and crane have been trucked in and are being assembled on the south side of the eastbound I-210 Freeway. This is the location of the first of three 110 foot deep, 11 foot in diameter foundations to be drilled over the next four weeks. The other two are located in the center median of the freeway.

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Lane markings work beginning on 110 freeway part of ExpressLanes project

Below is the construction notice from the ExpressLanes project, which is converting carpool lanes on parts of the 10 and 110 freeways to congestion pricing lanes that most carpoolers will still use for free and single motorists will be able to access by paying a toll — the work actually began Monday night. All the details are on the project website.

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What huge transit issue isn't getting the attention it should?

 

Marnie O'Brien Primmer, Mobility 21 executive director

In advance of the 900-person Mobility 21 Summit next week, we asked M21 executive director Marnie O’Brien Primmer to speak to us about transportation and traffic in Southern California. The Summit is a gathering of Southern California leaders who meet annually to create solutions to our mobility problems. Primmer’s responses follow.

Though most transit riders have not heard of Marnie O’Brien Primmer, she is among the folks on the front line, working with legislators in Washington and Sacramento to keep Southern California transportation issues at the forefront of legislative and fiscal consideration.

Primmer is executive director of Mobility 21, a below-the-horizon group of transportation providers, elected officials and local business leaders that work as a team to determine key issues and keep them on the radar of lawmakers and the public. Founded in 2002 by Metro and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California, Mobility 21 has grown during the past 10 years to represent seven counties: L.A., Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

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New Green Line to LAX video

Check out this new webisode from the Green Line to LAX project team entitled Making Your Connection.

The video release coincides with workshops that have been held this week to introduce the community to the project. There’s one more workshop in Culver City next Tuesday, so if this video excites you about the project be sure to attend.

Don’t forget you can also follow the project’s Facebook page and @GreenLineToLAX on Twitter for more updates and info.