Metro Presents: PARK(ing) Day at Union Station on September 19

Los Angeles themed Loetria cards

Los Angeles themed Lotería cards

Leave your cars in park and join Metro for PARK(ing) Day at Union Station on Friday, September 19. From noon to 5 p.m.artist Alexis Disselkoen will create a temporary park out of a corner of the station’s Alameda-facing parking lot.

Swing by anytime PARK(ing) Day afternoon to enjoy the pop-up park and participate in a game of Lotería led by Disselkoen. (Lotería is like Bingo, but with pictures instead of numbers.) Winners will receive prizes while supplies last, and it will be free to play.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner for routes and connections.

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Metro awarded $22 million in two federal TIGER grants to improve station access

 

Two projects to improve access to Metro Rail stations were awarded “TIGER grant” funding this week from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

•The Eastside Access Improvement Project will receive $11.8 million to help create a network of sidewalks and bike lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists to access the Regional Connector 1st/Central Station in Little Tokyo.

Proposed improvements include an enhanced network of crosswalks, sidewalks and bike lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, improved pedestrian lighting, planting and street furniture along nearby streets. The above renderings show some of the possible improvements.

The Regional Connector is a 1.9-mile underground light rail line that will connect the Gold Line to the Blue and Expo Lines in downtown Los Angeles and is forecast to open in 2020. The Connector will allow Eastside Gold Line riders to take the train directly into the heart of downtown without first having to travel to Union Station and transfer to the subway.

•Metro also was awarded $10.25 million to fund a series of improvements for the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station that serves the Blue Line, Green Line, six Metro bus lines and other muni bus providers. The station sits under the 105 freeway, meaning it can be noisy, cavernous and dimly lit — all impacting the “passenger experience,” as Metro’s grant application noted.

Among the improvements to be funded by the grant money: increasing station capacity by lengthening the Blue Line platform and, according to Metro, “enhancing connections between rail, bus, bicycle and pedestrian facilities to create safer access to the station from the surrounding community.”

Metro continues to pursue a larger project that could include a new bus center, sheriff substation and pedestrian plaza. More funding will be needed for those improvements.

Please click here to see the news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation and here’s a nice USDOT map showing TIGER grants awarded around the country. Metro officials said they especially appreciated the support of Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein in securing the grants — the two largest awarded to agencies in the state of California.

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 12-14

Friday

One Direction will be taking over the Rose Bowl tonight! The British heartthrobs will be performing along with 5 Seconds of Summer tonight at  7 p.m. Tickets are still on sale for  the special boy band-crazed person in your life. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, then walk two blocks to Parsons for Rose Bowl Shuttle. Note: shuttle costs $10 for this event)

Kickstarter will be hosting a film festival at the Autry showcasing small films funded by the fundraising organization. Admission is free and the showings start at 6 p.m. (Metro Bus 96 to the Autry)

Saturday

Come out to the South Pasadena Moon Festival, taking place at the South Pasadena Library from noon until 4 p.m. Celebrate one of most important holidays in Chinese culture with exciting entertainment, games and moon cakes! Admission is free. Activities may require tickets sold at $1 each. (Metro Gold Line to South Pasdena Station, walk about 2 blocks west on El Centro Street) Continue reading

Transportation headlines, Thursday, Sept. 11

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Gov. Brown signs bills allowing three-bike racks on transit buses (StreetsblogLA) 

“This new law allows 40-foot-long buses to be equipped with folding bike racks that can carry up to three bikes,” reports Streetsblog, in a bit of good news for some Metro bus riders. A few agencies had previously been using the triple racks due either to loopholes or exemptions in the law.

Efforts to change the law, however, had run into various roadblocks in recent years — including resistance from unions representing bus operators. The bill was authored by Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and pushed heavily by Metro.

About half of Metro’s bus fleet is comprised of 40-foot buses, so hopefully this will help accommodate cyclists using those buses. As the article explains, there are still hurdles to converting to triple racks on longer buses.

Santa Monica Council picks Worthe as developer for Bergamot Station (Santa Monica Daily Press) 

The City Council on a 5 to 1 vote on Tuesday night selected the developer to pursue adding 44,000-square-feet of “creative space” and possibly a boutique hotel to the Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica. The vote followed four hours of public comment that made it clear there was still considerable opposition from gallery owners and residents to further developing the site, where an Expo Line station is under construction (the line is forecast to open in early 2016).

I caught some of the meeting on KCRW on Tuesday night and among the concerns I heard were lack of parking, traffic and rising rents that could eventually squeeze out the galleries. It’s certainly an interesting story, given that the arts complex will include an Expo Line station with relatively easy connections to downtown Santa Monica and points east. The current complex is a very nice public space, although I’ve never been crazy about the big parking lot in the middle of the complex that occupies about half the space.

Bill Boyarsky also offers commentary on the Council vote at LAObserved.

Metrolink goes for animal attraction (L.A. Register) 

Why four farm animals took a ride from Union Station to the Los Angeles County Fair. Hint: it was a promotion to boost ridership! As promotions go, I like it.

Major changes discusses to expand, renew Union Station (Chicago Sun Times)

Chicago's Union Station is a little more workmanlike than Union Station here in L.A. Photo by Jeramey Jannene, via Flickr creative commons.

Chicago’s Union Station is a little more workmanlike than Union Station here in L.A. Photo by Jeramey Jannene, via Flickr creative commons.

I didn’t realize the Sun Times was still around (I worked at the rival Trib many, many moons ago)! Chicago is looking at big changes to its primary downtown rail station — expanding platforms, public space, etc. Denver already updated its Union Station and, of course, Metro is putting the finishing touches on its Union Station Master Plan. I believe there are some other similar efforts underway around the country — nice to see train stations being revived and prepped for a hopefully busy future.

 

Upcoming street closures on Crenshaw Boulevard for Crenshaw/LAX Line construction

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There will be full street closures at three different Crenshaw Boulevard locations taking place this weekend. The closures are required for support-pile installation on Crenshaw/LAX Line underground stations.

The closures are as follows:

  • Crenshaw/Vernon Station: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Full street closure of Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Vernon Avenue to implement new traffic reconfiguration and begin pile installation on west side of Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Crenshaw/MLK Station: 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Full street closure on Crenshaw Blvd. between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker St. to relocate work zone from the east side to west side of Crenshaw Blvd.
  • Crenshaw/Expo Station: 9 p.m. Friday. Sept. 12 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15.* Full street closure of Crenshaw Blvd. between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street to complete pile installation and begin excavation of underground station.

*Crenshaw/Expo Station construction will also require closures 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept, 22, and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

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UPDATE: Green Line resuming normal service

UPDATE- 8:27 a.m: The Metro Green Line is resuming normal operations with residual delays through 9:30 a.m. Metro thanks you for your continued patience and understanding.

If you were delayed this morning’s incident and need delay verification for your school or employer, please contact customer relations at 213.922.6235 or fax ar 213.922.6988.

The Metro Green Line is currently experiencing major delays due to a signals issue between Vermont/Athens and Crenshaw/I-105 stations.

Customers can use Line 120 on nearby Imperial Hwy or other alternate routes found here.

Updates will be provided here on The Source, or follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts for up-to-the-minute status updates.

City of Monrovia breaks ground on Gold Line Station Square Transit Village

The City of Monrovia and local elected officials broke ground this morning on the Station Square Transit Village. The project is located adjacent to the Historic Santa Fe Depot and the future Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station. The Station Square is the largest public works project in the city’s history. Monrovia is utilizing $25 million in federal funds, state grants, Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority money and Metro Measure R funds for the project. Plans include a transit plaza, neighborhood park, transit depot promenade and some off-street improvements to benefit the community and complement the opening of the new Metro Gold Line station in 2016.

Project renderings and the press release from the City of Monrovia after the jump. Continue reading