What are you doing during Carmageddon II?

Carmageddon 2011. Photo by Paul Lovine via Flickr

Tell Zev what you’re doing for Carmageddon II during his live internet chat tomorrow at noon … right here at metro.net. Or send in your great ideas and questions in advance to livechat@metro.net

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky will be here to talk to you about the 405 Sepulveda Pass closure next weekend, Sept. 29-30, and about plans for the future of the Sepulveda Pass corridor. 

Ask him about the chronic Sunset Bridge traffic backups. Ask him about the Wilshire ramps project. Ask him what he’s doing during Carmageddon. Ask him live during the internet chat from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Or send in a question NOW to livechat@metro.net.

Input wanted: Metro to Hold Community Meetings in October to Update the Public on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study

  • Public is invited to learn about the project, the evaluation process, and the options being studied including different routes and transportation modes. Comments and input are welcome.

Here’s the news release from Metro:

Metro and the City of Los Angeles, in coordination with the City of San Fernando, will hold four community meetings in October to update the public on the Alternatives Analysis (AA) study that is evaluating options to improve north-south travel opportunities in the East San Fernando Valley and provide connections to the regional transportation network. One of the Measure R projects, the AA study is a precursor to the draft environmental document.

The community meetings will be held on the following dates and times. Information at all the community meetings will be the same.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St. in North Hills, CA 91343. Served by Metro Rapid Line 734 & Local Lines 237 & 234.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the San Fernando High School, 11133 O’Melveny Av in San Fernando, CA 91340. Served by and Metro Rapid Lines 734 and 761 and Metro Local Lines 230 and 234.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd. in Panorama City, CA 91402. Served by Metro Rapid Line 761 & Metro Local Lines 233 & 656; DASH Route – Panorama City/Van Nuys.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 3-5 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. Served by Metro Orange Line, Metro Local Lines 154, 156, 164, 233 and 237 and Metro Rapid Line 761; DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys and Van Nuys/Studio City.

Those that can’t attend in person may view the Oct. 4 meeting via webcast beginning at 6:30 p.m. at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eastsfv.  Or they can catch it later at this same link beginning Oct. 5.

The study is evaluating possible improvements alongVan Nuys Boulevard,Sepulveda Boulevardor a hybrid route.  The area under review stretches fromVentura Boulevardon the south to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station and the I-210 Freeway on the north.  Initial alternatives under consideration as part of the AA include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), as well as a required “No Build” alternative and a Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative aimed at better managing the flow of traffic along the corridor.

Spanish translation will be provided as well as additional languages upon request. Special accommodations and information in alternative formats are available to the public. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made within three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date.

For additional information on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study visit metro.net/projects/east-sfv or call the project hotline at 818-276-3233.

ExpressLanes to open on 110 freeway on Nov. 10

Here’s the news release from Metro:

Metro ExpressLanes, an innovative project to reduce traffic congestion, will debut Los Angeles County’s first HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:01 a.m., opening 11 miles of carpool lanes on the 110 Harbor Freeway to solo drivers who pay an electronic toll.

Only solo drivers using the ExpressLanes will be charged a toll. Carpools, vanpools, buses and motorcycles will be able to travel toll-free in the 110 Metro ExpressLanes, which will be located between Adams Boulevard and the 91 freeway. But all motorists will need a FasTrak® account and transponder to travel in the 110 Metro ExpressLanes when tolling begins on November 10.

“The opening of the Metro ExpressLanes demonstration project on the 110 will provide a unique opportunity to explore and evaluate a new transportation option that could potentially create faster commutes, greater capacity and better air quality throughout the region,” said LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich.

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Expo Line Phase 2 construction notice: work to begin Monday on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica

Work continues to chug along on the Measure R-funded second phase of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica. Here's a notice for utility work to begin Monday, the 17th, on the street-running portion of the line in Santa Monica on Colorado Avenue from 4th to 17th:

 

 

Eat, shop and play locally during Carmageddon II weekend Sept. 29-30

This is a screen grab of the new Destination Discounts interactive map to help find good deals during Carmageddon weekend. Click above to go to the map.

As many of you surely know by now, Metro and many local officials are begging you not to drive during the weekend of Sept. 29-30, when the 405 freeway will be closed between the 10 and 101. The reason: the demolition of the north side of the Mulholland Drive bridge is demolished.

Not driving, however, doesn't mean staying at home. More than 300 discounts will be available that weekend at museums, restaurants and other venues for people who take Metro buses and trains. Show your paper ticket or TAP card at the venues to get the discount.

Metro has also created a nifty interactive map to help you find discounts both in your neighborhood and across the city.

Here's the news release from Metro:

OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE PUBLIC TO EAT, SHOP AND PLAY LOCALLY DURING CARMAGEDDON II, OFFER NEARLY 300 CARMAGEDDON SPECIALS

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Autority (Metro) has partnered with almost 300 L.A. County restaurants, businesses, venues and tourist destinations to offer discounted “Carmageddon II” specials as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage the public to “Eat, Shop and Play Locally” September 29-30.

​The destination discounts are Metro’s latest effort to cajole motorists out of their cars during the final demolition of the Mulholland Bridge in the Sepulveda Pass, when the I-405 freeway will be closed between the I-10 and U.S. 101 all weekend.

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Metrolink unveils first train with anti-collision technology

Metrolink's Neil Brown shows PTC technology in a locomotive -- the computer screen at left is PTC. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

With the fourth anniversary on Wednesday of the deadly crash in Chatsworth in 2008 that killed 25 people and injured 135 — many critically — aboard a Metrolink train, transportation officials on Monday showed media the work they're doing to ensure that something similar never happens again.

The technology is called positive train control, or PTC. It's a GPS-based system that tracks the movement of trains across the region and is capable of stopping trains before they run into trouble. Although PTC is found on a few other stretches of track in the United States, it's hardly widespread — although its implementation is mandated by 2015 by federal law for most rail providers (some of which are trying to push back the deadline).

Sandbags are being used to simulate the weight of passengers on the Metrolink test train.

Metrolink has installed PTC technology on a test train — seen in the accompanying photos — that is presently being used after hours on tracks in the Inland Empire. In addition, several SUVs capable of running on railroad tracks are testing the technology on tracks throughout the region. Metrolink's goal is to have the system fully implemented by 2013.

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