@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, August 28 collection

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Take Metrolink to the Los Angeles County Fair

Here's the news release from Metrolink, the regional commuter rail agency funded in part by Metro:

LOS ANGELES – For the 20th consecutive year, Metrolink will offer safe, affordable service directly to the Los Angeles County Fair. On Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September, Metrolink's San Bernardino Line trains will add a special stop at the Pomona Fairplex after 9:30 a.m. A free shuttle will transport passengers to the main entrance.

Metrolink riders with a monthly pass can ride all Metrolink trains at no additional cost on the weekends. Others can take advantage of the $10 Weekend Pass, which allows them to ride Metrolink trains all weekend long for one low fare. Riders can transfer to and from other Metrolink lines, as well as Metro rail and most buses with the $10 Weekend Pass. The Weekend Pass is valid from 7 p.m. on Friday until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday for system-wide travel. The weekend pass can be purchased at Metrolink ticket vending machines after 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Meet Me @Metro III recap

Watts Village Theatre Company’s artist director Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez sets up for the show.

Photos by Gary Leonard

If you missed Meet Me @Metro this past weekend, you have four more chances left to catch the traveling theatre spectacular. There are shows at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on both Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2. Tickets are $20 (or whatever amount you can pay for the Saturday 12 p.m. show) and include a Metro day pass and a bag lunch. The journey takes about 3 ½ hours and it’s well worth your time.

Check in or buy your ticket at the East Portal at Union Station. You’ll get a colored wristband assigning you to a group (so you don’t get lost or left behind) and a gold star if you ask for the vegetarian lunch option. You’ll also get a bingo card to play along the trip.

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Transportation headlines, Tuesday, August 28

Good morning from lovely downtown Monrovia in the San Gabriel Valley, where my bike is locked to a streetlamp because of lack of — hint, hint — bike racks. In other news, the Metro library is taking a summer break so we're compiling a few headlines on our own.

CTA: aisle-facing seats are here to stay (Chicago Tribune)

New rail cars in Chicago feature seats along the walls facing inward. Although some riders have complained to the Trib — one griped that the arrangement would promote peeking at cleavage (seriously) — the Chicago Transit Authority says that the new seats will remain because the rail cars were designed to accommodate them.

Cancer surgeon commandeers kid's bike to reach hospital (Grist)

Stuck in traffic behind a giant truck accident, a Baton Rouge surgeon drove to a friend's house and borrowed his eight-year-old daughter's bike in order to reach a scheduled surgery on time. Check out the photos.

Long Beach hires BikeNation to run bike share program (L.A. Streetsblog)

The City Council voted unanimously to allow the firm to run its new program which will include 2,500 bikes for rent at over 250 kiosks throughout town. The first kiosks are scheduled to be installed in February. BikeNation is paying for it and it will be interesting to see how much interest the program generates; Long Beach has been extremely progressive when it comes to installing bike infrastructure.

Destroying precious land for gas (New York Times)

In this opinion piece, musician Sean Lennon — son of John and Yoko — decries a natural gas industry he believes is intent to run rampant in rural New York state in order to recover natural gas through the controversial hydraulic fracturing method. It's a strong piece although, of course, there are some benefits to natural gas — it burns more cleanly than other fossil fuels.


Bill sponsored by Metro to ease construction of bike lanes moves to Governor's desk

Here's some good news from last Frida, when a Metro-sponsored bill cleared the Assembly in Sacramento. The bill would allow class II bikeways — that's bike lanes along existing roadways, in plain English — to be built without agencies having to do time-consuming and time-gobbling environmental review studies to determine the impact of bike lanes.

In recent times, some anti-bike lane activists have tried to force agencies to perform the studies, alleging that re-striping streets to include bike lanes may cause more traffic — even when no vehicle lanes are lost.

Here's the update Friday from Metro's government relations staff:

Just a short while ago, AB 2245 (Smyth) passed on the Assembly Floor on a concurrence vote of 63-0. The measure, sponsored by Metro, would allow for a modified exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act for certain bike lane projects. The bill now moves onto the Governor's desk for signature.


Video of Motor Avenue bridge being demolished as part of Expo Line phase 2


We just received a heads up about this great time-lapse video recently posted to YouTube of the old Motor Avenue rail bridge being demolished last week as part of the second phase of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica.

The old bridge only had room for one set of tracks. The new bridge will have room for two tracks — so trains can easily run in both directions. The second phase of the Expo Line, btw, is a project funded mostly by the Measure R half-cent sales tax approved by L.A. County voters in 2008.

The video credit goes to Mark Morris, a local cinematographer; here’s his website at www.DPmarkmorris.com. Great job Mark and thank you from Metro and the Expo Line Construction Authority!