Metro Blue Line patrons are experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to problems with the power line that feeds the trains. Metro is implementing single tracking and also has implemented an emergency bus service for Blue Line passengers between 7TH St/Metro Center and Grand stations, and for the Expo Line, between 7th St/Metro Center and 23rd Street Station. Repairs are estimated to take a couple of hours. For Service Alerts go to www.metro.net or follow us on @MetroLAalerts on Twitter.
As some of you may have seen by now, metro.net is having problems this afternoon and, to be perfectly blunt, isn't working. I think The Source is okay as long as people access the blog directly and don't go through the Metro website.
The tech team here at Metro HQ is working on it and hopefully everything will be back in working order soon. The agency apologizes for any inconvenience.
The final meeting in the latest round of community updates for the Regional Connector project is tonight in Little Tokyo. The details:
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Japanese American National Museum
369 E 1st St, Los Angeles
The meeting will also be streamed live. Here's the link.
The main topic of discussion is the ongoing design of the three underground stations for the Regional Connector in Little Tokyo (1st/Central), at 2nd/Broadway and 2nd/Hope.
No headlines today because I'm in a state route 710 study meeting that is now entering its 144th minute — making it officially longer than the last Batman movie.
I'll post about the meeting later and offer up some other fascinating government blog content!
Metro hosted a session this morning titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About the New Federal Surface Transportation Bill.” I'll try to distill the nearly three-hour session to a few nuggets for everyday people not versed in the, uh, fascinating universe of transportation funding. *
•At the top of the session, Metro Board Member Richard Katz said “we can't fix L.A. one project at a time…you'll never catch up.” He said that's one reason that Metro is pursuing the extension of Measure R — to build a network of transit and road projects.
•The expanded TIFIA loan program in the new bill is the largest infrastructure loan program in U.S. history, said David Kim, the Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs for the Federal Highway Administration. He ticked off the long list of reforms to the program, which will allow Metro to pursue a loan for multiple projects — and for the loan to cover more of a project's cost (up to 49 percent from 33 percent).
Good morning, Metro riders and interested parties.
The monthly meeting of the Metro Board of Directors is now underway here at Metro headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. You can listen in by phoning 213-922-6045.
Here’s the agenda.
Hi folks. I’m off the grid for the rest of the day although we’ll have a couple of posts later. Keep cool, thanks for reading and riding and we’ll catch up on Monday.
Hi everybody. I’ll be on vacation and largely away from the internet between today and July 10, meaning there there will be light posting on The Source until I’m back. Comments will be moderated while I’m gone, but not as often.
It’s been an eventful first half of 2012, with the opening of the Expo Line, the completion of the environmental studies for the Westside Subway Extension and Regional Connector and this weekend’s debut of the Orange Line Extension.
The second half of the year should be equally interesting, with the fall opening of the ExpressLanes congestion pricing project on the 110 freeway and the strong possibility that voters could be looking at a Measure R extension on the November ballot.
Thank you to everyone for reading The Source and I’m looking forward to carrying on the conversation after a short break!
Steve Hymon, Editor
Good morning, this is your government speaking.
The gavel just dropped on today’s meeting of the Metro Board of Directors. Here is the agenda.
You can listen to the meeting over the phone at 213-922-6045.
With little else in the news today — the Ann Curry story is now two hours old, yawn — the big item at today’s meeting is a scheduled vote on whether to ask Los Angeles County voters to extend the Measure R sales tax past its 2039 sunset date.
Much more later today.
Two children and a mentally disabled adult who went missing from Long Beach on Saturday night were discovered Monday morning at the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station with the help of Metro bus operator George Vazquez.
Vazquez was operating Line 230 when he noticed the trio at the Sylmar Metrolink Station terminal and felt they matched the description of the missing persons from the bulletin put out by the Long Beach Police Department. He notified Mark Solomon and Gerardo Zavaleta at Metro bus control, who in turn notified the San Fernando Police Department, LAPD and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The authorities responded to the location and verified that it was the missing woman and children, who were found none the worse for wear.
Thanks to Vazquez’s keen eye, the woman and children were safely escorted by authorities back to Long Beach.