Preview of October Service Council meetings

October Service Council meeting agendas have been set, though changes may be made prior to the meeting dates. For a complete listing of dates, times and locations for all five Service Council meetings, click here. For more information about each service council, click on the name of the service council listed below.

All October Council meetings include a report from Metro Service Council Director Jon Hillmer on monthly and year to date statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service. In addition, each council will receive a Measure J informational presentation, and discuss bus lines included in their region’s Corridor Studies. An article on the various corridor studies each Council is involved with was published last month on The Source. Click here to read the story.

Meeting topics for Service Councils in October, in addition to the Measure J informational presentation, include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday, 10/3) – Swearing in of new San Fernando Valley Representative Kathryn Engle, Update on Van Nuys Corridor, Consideration of Motions regarding Metro Orange Line Enhancements and Study of Proposed Metro Express Service to Westwood, Discussion on Non-Smoking Ordinances Near Bus Stops, Proposed Modifications to Term End Date for Service Council Seats SFV-6 and SFV-9, Review Van Nuys Blvd. Bus Lines 233 and 761 (San Fernando Valley’s Corridor Study lines)

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@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, Oct. 2 edition

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, our roundup of the latest Metro related tweets. To get our attention, add the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets and subscribe to our feed if you haven’t already. For specific complaints and customer service, please use the Customer Comment Form on

Having trouble reading this post on your browser? Here’s part one and part two on the Storify website.

Many more tweets are after the jump!

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A brief glimpse into the magical world of the Metro Bus Roadeo


Culver City hosts IndieCade

Photo from IndieCade Facebook Page

If you’ve ever wanted to go to an international festival of independent games – you know, the stuff not on XBOX or made by Hasbro – here’s your chance. IndieCade comes to Culver City and brings with it interactive games from all over the world, live music, giveaways, family friendly activities and more.

The whole event takes place from October 4 – 7, but only Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 are open to the public. Saturday is Festival Day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, aspiring game developers should go to GameU to learn some tricks of the trade. GameU starts at 10 a.m. and panels run until 6 p.m.

Go Metro to either of these IndieCade events and get 50% off tickets. That means Festival Day is $10 and GameU is just $60. Show your TAP card at the door or enter “metro2indiecade” if purchasing tickets online to receive the discount.

IndieCade is located at 9300 Culver Blvd., next to The Culver Studios and Culver Hotel. Take Expo Line to Culver City Station, shuttles will be available to take you downtown from the station. Culver City Bus 1 to Washington/Cardiff is another option. Check Trip Planner for connections.

Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Oct. 2

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Carmageddon II: fun times & flawed infrastructure funding priorities (L.A. Streetsblog)

Gary Kavanaugh takes a skeptical view that Carmageddon was a complete success. He likes that many people drove less for a couple of days and instead got on their bikes or the Metro. But it’s the reason that troubles him: Gary doesn’t believe $1 billion for a bigger, wider 405 is necessarily a better 405. Excerpt:

Fun times aside however, perhaps no other project in California is burning through so much money for so little theoretical benefit. We are destroying and rebuilding multiple bridges and ramps primarily to accommodate the construction of one additional lane (on the Northbound side) for a 10 mile stretch of the 405, at a cost of just over a billion dollars.

A billion dollars invested in bike lanes, cycle tracks and off street paths could have been absolutely game changing and transformative to the quality of life across the entirety of the Los Angeles region. In short order, Greater Los Angeles could have become a world-class cycling destination if we prioritized accordingly.

Instead, Metro and Caltrans might save a fraction of peak hour 405 commuters a few minutes off their car commute. If we’re talking about a net benefit that accounts for the delay and hassle created for those same commuter during the extended destruction and construction processes of this entire project, than I’m really skeptical.

I think the counter-argument here is that there are some road projects that are justified because they help traffic flow more efficiently — the less idling cars, the better. In the case of the 405, it doesn’t make much sense to have a carpool lane on one side of the freeway but with a 10-mile hole on the other and I happen to believe the new Wilshire flyover ramps will help smooth a bottleneck that backs traffic up in both directions. That said, I can’t disagree with Gary that it wouldn’t take a billion dollars to build the kind of bike and pedestrian facilities that would be game changers.

A bike lane in Paris — not too many helmets out there, eh? Photo by Dsade, via Flickr creative commons.

To encourage biking, cities lose the helmets (New York Times)

Very smart trend story. Excerpt:

“Pushing helmets really kills cycling and bike-sharing in particular because it promotes a sense of danger that just isn’t justified — in fact, cycling has many health benefits,” says Piet de Jong, a professor in the department of applied finance and actuarial studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He studied the issue with mathematical modeling, and concludes that the benefits may outweigh the risks by 20 to 1.

He adds: “Statistically, if we wear helmets for cycling, maybe we should wear helmets when we climb ladders or get into a bath, because there are lots more injuries during those activities.” The European Cyclists’ Federation says that bicyclists in its domain have the same risk of serious injury as pedestrians per mile traveled.

Yet the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that “all cyclists wear helmets, no matter where they ride,” said Dr. Jeffrey Michael, an agency official.

Tough public policy issue, in my view. Complicating things is that some folks ride at a very leisurely pace that doesn’t seem likely to cause any kind of serious injury. On the other hand, there are folks out there on road bikes riding at a good clip and any kind of fall could be very dangerous. Your views?

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Go Metro to fifth CicLAvia featuring a new route and five new hubs

New CicLAvia route for October 7 event

On Sunday, October 7, Los Angeles will celebrate its fifth CicLAvia, transforming 9.1 miles of normally congested streets into a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and experiencing the city from a new perspective. The route for the October 7 CicLAvia offers a veritable grand tour of Los Angeles’ most celebrated attractions, connecting the world-class museums of Exposition Park with the architectural landmarks surrounding the newly completed Grand Park in the city’s civic center, where CicLAvia will converge with the inaugural celebration of the park’s performance lawn.

The route can be reached by four Metro Rail lines: the Red/Purple Line subway, the Blue Line, Expo Line and Gold Line in addition to Metrolink, which stops at Union Station near the CicLAvia route and connects to the MetroRail system. With many street closures in downtown L.A., Metro provides a good alternative to driving and parking. Here’s the Metro Rail map:

The upcoming CicLAvia comes a week after “Carmageddon II” September 29-30, during which 10 miles of I-405 were closed. Organizers anticipate that more than 100,000 Angelenos will happily leave their cars behind again in order to participate in CicLAvia.

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Hollywood weighs in on Carmageddon II

Hey Readers!

The I-405 is officially liberated and Carmageddon turned out to be CarmaHeaven once again. The speculation and wonderment kept the Twittersphere abuzz all weekend – everyone and their grandmothers tweeted about the phenomenon. We thought it would be fun to round-up the Twitter chatter from famous people (do they drive?). As last year, there seems to be two camps: those enjoying the unique phenomenon and those taking it with a grain of salt. The latter brought out the funnies.

Where do you stand? What did you do this weekend? Let us know — if you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #CarmageddonII.

Loved it!

These famous folks soaked up the CarmaHeaven weekend.

This one scares me a little. GWAR + Carmageddon, hmm?


Doubters, and Meh?

Homer Simpson said Bart and Lisa are his Carmageddon.

Olivia Munn was not impressed. Believe you, me Olivia, it was real.

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