A few pics and tweets from CicLAvia, the heart of L.A.

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s “Heart of L.A.” CicLAvia presented by Metro and we hope you had a great time.

Next up: the South L.A. CicLAvia on Dec. 7, which should be easy-to-reach via the Blue Line and Expo Line.

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Public hearings for Culver City Bus proposed changes

Here is the notice from Culver City Bus:

Your Friday send-off: John Mellencamp – Troubled Man

At the request of fellow blogger/pal Steve Hymon, this week’s choice is a song by John Mellencamp, which begs the question:

 

Anyway, please enjoy the song! And remember, if enjoying music on bus or train, please use your headphones. If you have transit playlist song recs, leave them in the comments or tweet them to us @metrolosangeles! Awesome tracks (as deemed by yours truly) will be shared in future posts.

Bonus track after the jump: Shakira (feat. William Mebarak) – Hay Amores.

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First Metro Open Street Event: CicLAvia: Heart of LA this Sunday

This Sunday’s CicLAvia: Heart of LA presented by Metro will be the first in a series of 12 events that Metro is funding through the Metro Open Streets Grant Program. The Metro Board of Directors approved the Open Streets Program in September 2014, and is providing $4 million for “Open Streets” events in the next two years.

Open streets are events which temporarily close the streets to automobiles and open them up to people to re-imagine and experience their streets while walking, biking, rollerblading or pushing a stroller in a car-free environment. The goals of the program are to encourage sustainable modes of transportation (biking, walking and transit), provide an opportunity to take transit for the first time and foster civic engagement.

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Alfred Hoyun Song memorial monument unveiled outside Koreatown Metro Rail station

USC alumni, friends, family and supporters of the late Honorable Alfred Hoyun Song gathered earlier today at the unveiling of the Alfred Hoyun Song memorial monument. The monument is located in the plaza outside of the Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown.

Alfred Hoyun Song was California’s first Asian American state legislator and authored more than 200 laws, establishing a legislative record focused on the equality and protection of all people regardless of race, religion or economic status. He was also the first Korean American to be elected to the California State Senate, where he distinguished himself as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

The memorial monument is engraved with a speech given by Senator Song in both Korean and English and was made possible by the Senator Song Commemoration Committee.

Metro Board Member and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas presented the motion to honor Alfred Hoyun Song in 2012. There is a plaque produced by Metro located within the station dedicated to Senator Song.

A Better Blue Line: canopy installation and other work from week two

Work at the four downtown Long Beach Blue Line stations is coming along nicely. Everything is on schedule and the Long Beach Loop is still set to reopen on October 19.

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Metro becomes first transit agency in U.S. to apply flywheel technology for rail energy savings

Metro officials met with representatives from the Federal Transit Administration and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory last week to review promising results of the agency’s first-of-a-kind use of flywheel technology to recycle power generated from rail cars.

Officials met at the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Red/Purple Line Station to see firsthand how the Wayside Energy Storage Substation works. The pilot project started in August and is now saving Metro up to 18 percent of the energy normally used to power subway trains entering and leaving the station. That, in turn, helps lower Metro’s electricity bills.

The project is managed by Metro’s Project Engineering Department and uses a state-of-the-art flywheel system built by Vycon of Cerritos. The brain of the system, which assures the precise control of the flow of power, was developed by Turner Engineering of Venice. Metro performed its installation in-house, without external contractors.

The system was therefore entirely developed and implemented with resources local to the Los Angeles County. It is estimated that Metro will eventually save approximately $100,000 per year in electricity costs because of the project.

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