The ridership numbers for Metro buses and trains for June 2012 have been released. The gist of it: bus ridership is flat (but with increases on the Silver Line and Orange Line), rail ridership is way up and overall the system didn’t reach the number of boardings in June 2010 or June 2011.
On the rail side, the new Expo Line helps explain some of the increases with weekday boardings increasing to an average of 16,569 in June even though the Farmdale and Culver City stations did not open until June 20. There was about an average of 11,000 weekday boardings in May.
There were also significant gains on Metro’s other four rail lines. Here are the charts and here is the web page with all the stats.
Gov. Jerry Bown and other elected officials gathered at Union Station on Wednesday morning to sign a bill authorizing the state to sell $4.7 billion in bonds to build 130 miles of high-speed rail track between Bakersfield and Madera in the San Joaquin Valley and fund local transit improvements in both the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions.
The Governor is scheduled to hold a similar ceremony in San Francisco this afternoon. The $4.7 billion in bonds is supposed to be matched by $7.9 billion in federal funds and local monies. Here’s the news release from the Governor’s office.
In our area, the bill signing means there will be $350 million availabe for fly-through tracks at Union Station, which should help improve Metrolink and Amtrak service. In addition, $115 million will go to the Regional Connector project and $88.7 million to Metrolink to likely be used for grade separations and new locomotives.
In their remarks, both Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa defended the bullet train project as a noble endeavour that California will need in the future — and said the line will be a worthy investment in the state’s economy and mobility. Brown said those who don’t see it that way need to get their “heads out of the sand.”
High-speed rail officials said construction on the first segment of the line should begin in 2013 and that there will be high-speed rail service between the San Joaquin Valley and the L.A. area in 10 years. At present, Amtrak runs a bus between Los Angeles and Bakersfield.
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’sHeadlines blog, which you can also access viaemail subscriptionor RSS feed.
You’ve probably heard by now that the the past 12 months in the United States (through June) were the warmest on average since records have been maintained. Here’s an excellent map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showing the latest climate news. Worried about global warming? Take public transit — on average, it emits fewer greenhouse gases per mile than cars with single occupants.
The big suggestions: get politicians behind transit as they are here, improve marketing and outreach and build coalitions with those who should also support transit such as developers, unions and museums. Of course, the Big Apple and L.A. are in very different situations, as the writer points out — L.A. is in expansion mode and New York is mostly in maintenance mode. Smart post.
The Board voted 3 to 2 at its meeting on Tuesday to defer the vote until August 7. Voting to defer were Supervisors Mike Antonovich, Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Voting against deferring were Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky. All are members of the Metro Board of Directors in their role as supervisors.
The Metro Board voted 10-3 at its June meeting to try putting the Measure R extension on the November ballot. Here’s The Source’s post.
Those who supported postponing the vote said the Metro Board of Directors will now have time to consider a motion by Metro Board Member John Fasana that would allow funds within a Measure R subregion to potentially be transferred between highway and transit projects.
In order for the Measure R extension to go to voters in November, the Board of Supervisors must approve putting the item on the ballot. Metro staff have said all material must be submitted to the County Registrar by August 10. The state Legislature still would have to approve AB 1446 and the bill would have to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Angels Stadium. Photo by Kwong Yee Cheng, via Flickr creative commons.
The Angels return home this Friday night to face the Texas Rangers, who the Angels are chasing in the American League West. The Angels are then home all next week against both Kansas City and Baltimore.
Metrolink continues its Angels Express service, offering round-trips from Union Station to Angels Stadium for $7 for all 7:05 p.m. weeknight games. Trains leave Union Station at 5:50 p.m. and then leave Angels Stadium 30 minutes after the end of the game. On Friday nights, trains leave 45 minutes after the game so fans can watch the fireworks without rushing.
The news release from Metrolink is posted after the jump with all the details.
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This past weekend, the Metro Transportation Library & Archive logged its 2,000,000th view of its online Flickr photo collection.
Since launching less than four years ago, the Library has become a national leader in the early adoption of social media, including resource sharing such as Flickr.
The collection now numbers more than 8,000 and spans all of Metro’s predecessor agencies dating back to the 1870s.
This post explains the value of providing digital access to our transportation legacy and highlights some of the more recent additions to the collection, many of which have never been seen before.
They include early 20th century views of the Mount Lowe Railway, renderings from early Metro Rail planning (anyone for overhead rail lines through Hollywood?), Los Angeles’ 1970′s exploration of People Mover personal rapid transit, opening day for the Cahuenga Pass Freeway in 1940, and much more.