Preview of July Metro Service Councils meetings

Agendas are now posted for the first set of FY15 Service Council meetings, with some councils rotating their Chair and Vice Chair, and some swearing in new members. All Service Councils are scheduled to receive a report on Metro’s annual on-board customer survey. In addition, Service Councils will receive 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. Agenda topics for Service Council meetings, in addition to the on-board customer survey presentation this month, include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 7/2) Report on Lassen Street Bridge project; update on Universal Station Tunnel and Bridge project.

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday, 7/9) – Update on new Flyaway service in the Westside region.

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday, 7/10) – Swearing in of new Gateway Cities Service Council member Thomas Martin, Maywood City Councilman; report on Green Line gating and impacts; update on Blue Line refurbishment work in Long Beach; elect new Chair and Vice Chair for FY15.

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 7/11) – Swearing in of new South Bay Service Council member Angie Reyes English, Hawthorne City Councilwoman; recognition of customer and nominating operator for the 2014 Customer Appreciation program; report on Crenshaw/LAX bus-rail interface plan.

San Gabriel Valley(5 pm, Monday, 7/14) – Update on Gold Line Foothill Extension construction; recognition of customers and nominating Operators for the 2014 Customer Appreciation program; update on bus/rail interface with Gold Line Foothill Extension.

For a 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.

Metrolink to operate special holiday service on July 4

Reminder: If you’re making travel plans for Friday, July 4, please consider that Metrolink will only be operating two special round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line. Regular service will resume on July 5. Here are the details from Metrolink:

In observance of Independence Day, Metrolink will not operate service on Friday, July 4, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line. The special Metrolink service will run from Lancaster to Los Angeles Union Station and back.

Antelope Valley Line train 262 will depart Lancaster at 8:55 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 11 a.m., while Antelope Valley Line train 268 will depart Lancaster at 2:25 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m.

Making the return trip to the Antelope Valley will be train 263, departing Los Angeles Union Station at 11:40 a.m., while train 269 will depart LAUS at 5:25 p.m. The trains will reach Lancaster at 1:50 p.m. and 7:25 p.m., respectively.

The four trains will make all stops at the 11 stations along the Antelope Valley Line.

Regular service will resume system-wide on Saturday, July 5.

Discover Wearable Tech LA on July 17 and save on admission with Metro

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Wearable Tech LA is the first entertainment and health wearable conference to be held in Los Angeles. The day-long conference will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday, July 17. Attendees will be able to meet and collaborate with industry leaders, startups, Hollywood actors and professional athletes.

Those who ride Metro to the conference will be able to save 20 percent on regular admission. Use the exclusive Metro promo code GOMETRO2WTLA when purchasing tickets online, or show your valid TAP card at the registration desk to receive the discount. The special early bird price has been extended until tomorrow to celebrate Team USA in the World Cup–make sure to get your tickets now to get even deeper discounts!

The Pasadena Convention Center is located conveniently near the Metro Gold Line Del Mar Station — the Convention Center is one block east on Green Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

Public invited to attend How to Do Business with Metro workshop

Learn how to do business with Metro at a business workshop on Tuesday, July 8. Firms will be provided with with information on Metro’s certification program, vendor registration, contract look-ahead schedules and other useful information. Metro’s procurement staff conducts one-on-one interviews with firms during the workshop.

The workshop will take place on July 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Board Room at Metro Headquarters. Register for the workshop here. You can download Metro’s Construction Contractor Certification fact sheet here.

For more information, contact Marisela Villar at VillarM@metro.net or at 213.922.2235.

Metro to conduct rail safety exercise at Union Station subway platform June 29

Metro and the Los Angeles Sheriff and Fire Departments will be conducting a rail safety training exercise on Sunday, June 29, on the northeast corner of the Metro Red/Purple Line platform at Union Station. The exercise will last from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The exercise area will be clearly marked and will not be open to the public. Metro train service will not be impacted by the exercise and subway trains will run on their normal Sunday schedule.

Bob Hope Airport officially opens Regional Intermodal Transportation Center

Bob Hope Airport held a grand opening ceremony this morning for the $112 million Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). The RITC took two years to complete and is the largest capital project in the airport’s history. It also establishes the first direct rail-to-terminal connection at any Southern California airport.

The RITC is located immediately across the street from the Bob Hope Airport Station served by Metrolink and Amtrak. It will house a new bus transit station and rental car facilities and is connected to the passenger terminal via an elevated walkway.

Transit officials also announced the plans for a pedestrian bridge between the RITC and the existing Metrolink station along Empire Avenue. You can read the Metro staff report on the project here.