Expo Line timetable is here!

The timetable for the Expo Line that goes into effect with revenue service beginning next Monday is below. It can be downloaded from the Metro website here [pdf].

With the Farmdale station not yet complete, the Expo Line has a run time of 26 minutes between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the La Cienega/Jefferson station. The Farmdale and Culver City stations are expected to open this summer.

The Expo Line is offering free rides to the public from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday; details here with info on opening weekend events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at some stations. The regular schedule begins Monday. Also, here’s a photo history of the Expo Line we posted earlier today.

Expo Line Timetable

State bill on Measure R extension clears another Assembly committee

The state bill that would give the Metro Board of Directors the authority to send a Measure R extension to voters was approved by a second Assembly committee on Monday. Earlier this month, the bill was approved by the Assembly’s Local Governments committee.

The Metro Board has not decided to take any action yet — but the state bill sets the stage for that discussion on how best to fund an acceleration of transportation projects (see the Metro staff presentation). The news release from Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), who wrote AB 1446, follows:

ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE APPROVES FEUER LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE L.A. COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

AB 1446 Authorizes L.A. County Metro to Seek Voter Approval for Extension of Existing Measure R Sales Tax for Infrastructure Projects

April 23, 2012 (Los Angeles) – Today the Assembly Transportation Committee approved AB 1446 by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) on a bipartisan vote. The measure would, with voter approval, fund Los Angeles County rail, highway, bus and local transportation improvement projects more quickly, jump-starting those projects and getting Angelenos back to work.

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Metro issues response to FTA letter on civil rights compliance

Below is Metro’s statement concerning a letter received today from Peter Rogoff, the head of the Federal Transit Administration:

Today, Metro received a letter from FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff concerning the ongoing civil rights compliance issues.  The letter recognizes that Metro has successfully resolved two of the five deficiencies identified in the 2011 compliance review, and that a great deal of work has been done towards reaching the goal of full compliance.  The letter and attachment also acknowledges the errors in the final compliance review report and introduces a new requirement for Metro to conduct an equity analysis of the cumulative impact of all service changes since 2009. Metro must receive approval from the FTA for the methodology prior to undertaking this new requirement.The letter does not make any new findings and does not document any Civil Rights violation. The FTA raises the potential for federal funds to be withheld if the necessary tasks to reach full compliance are not completed in a timely manner.

Metro staff will be meeting with the FTA on May 7th to review the methodology for the cumulative impacts analysis and other outstanding issues. Metro will comply will all FTA directives and expeditiously complete the analysis being requested.

 

The FTA letter is posted after the jump.

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Photos of the Expo Line through history

Santa Monica Railway Station, Los Angeles & Independence Railroad, 1880. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.

Today’s Expo Line has its origins in a railroad between Los Angeles and Santa Monica that went into service in 1875. The Los Angeles & Independence Railroad later became the Air Line, the direct ancestor of the Expo Line.

The Los Angeles & Independence was sold in 1877 to the Southern Pacific, which built a half-mile wharf north of Santa Monica Canyon to provide ships with a place to unload their freight. At this point the Los Angeles & Independence Railroad became an important freight and passenger rail line.

The following photos show the rail line in its many incarnations over the decades.

Los Angeles & Independence Railroad Terminal at Fifth Street and San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, 1895. Photo courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Special Collections.

 

Santa Monica Long Wharf, Los Angeles & Independence Railroad, late 19th Century. Once a breakwater was built in San Pedro, freight ports in Redondo Beach and the Long Wharf were pretty much doomed. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.

 

Map from 1912 of the Pacific Electric Railway. The Air Line, the forerunner to Expo, is highlighted in blue. In 1908, Southern Pacific leased the railroad line and the wharf to Los Angeles Pacific, which electrified the portion between Sentous -- east of Culver City -- and the Long Wharf. The remainder of the line was electrified three years later. Photo: Special Collections, UCLA's Young Research Library.

 

Santa Monica Air Line, 1940. Photo via Metro Transportation Library and Archive.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Jim Stubchaer took this photo looking over the motorman's shoulder while riding the Air Line in the late 1940s. Photo courtesy Jim Stubchaer; click on the photo to visit his website.

 

 

 

This was a fan trip taken along the Santa Monica Air Line in 1950. Photo by Alan Weeks, via Metro Transportation Library and Archive.

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Expo opening day celebrations

Expo Line opens this Saturday with events being held at four stations along the line from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free to attend.

7th St/Metro Center Station - 7th Street between Figueroa and Hope
Entertainment at this station will include Double Gee NineNet, a Latino jazz band presented by Make Music L.A., as well as other bands and performers. Booths will include those by IRIS from Cirque du Soleil, the Music Center, AQMD, L.A. Kings, L.A. Downtown News, Coca-Cola, Downtown Center Business Improvement District, Snap Yourself! photo booth, Colburn School of Music and many more.

Expo Park/USC Station – Pardee Plaza at USC
Entertainment at this station will include Brian Schwartz Quartet presented by Make Music L.A. and other performers. Booths will include those by the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, the Natural History Museum, USC Athletics, Metro/LADOT Bicycle Program and many more.

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The art of transit

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Here’s a particularly powerful photo of President Obama sitting on the bus in which civil rights activist Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat. It’s hard to imagine President Obama would be where he is today without the courage and determination of Parks and the thousands of men and women like her who fought against racial injustice.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

Transportation headlines, Monday, April 23

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.

Clear the tracks, Beverly Hills (L.A. Times)

A long editorial takes the stance that Metro staff were correct in recommending a Century City station at the intersection of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars for the Westside Subway Extension, even if it means tunneling under parts of the Beverly Hills High School campus. The paper opines that Beverly Hills’ objections have “little merit” and that both the subway and this particular station are smart moves from a planning perspective and that delays brought by legal actions would be a slap in the face of the nearly 68 percent of L.A. County voters who in 2008 supported the Measure R half-cent sales tax hike to help fund the subway project.

Beverly Hills Council requests public hearing on subway project (Beverly Hills Patch)

At a special session on Sunday evening, the Council voted unanimously to request a special hearing on the Westside Subway Extension project under a little-used provision of the Public Utility Code. The Metro Board of Directors is scheduled to consider the subway’s Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report at their meeting on Thursday and will discuss the request at that time.

Breakdowns and delays vex Blue Line riders (L.A. Times)

The article looks at the problems on the Blue Line this year — twice as many trips in January and February were delayed or cancelled in 2012 than in the first two months of 2011. The delays are put in the bigger issue of deferred maintenance and what Metro and other agencies are doing about it (short answers: investing a lot of money trying to catch up). If you missed it, here’s a post on a Metro staff report on issues impacting the Blue Line and here’s an earlier Source post looking at the Metro employees who are charged with overhauling Blue Line rail cars to keep them rolling.

Italy launches private high-speed rail train (AFP)

The private train between Rome and Naples is part-owned by Ferrari — seriously — and boasts a dark red color. Nice!

The view from near Glacier Point in Yosemite -- from left that's Half Dome and Vernal and Nevada falls. Photo by Steve Hymon, via Flickr.

Yosemite high country roads begin to reopen (Yosemite N.P. website)

Road openings each spring are usually a reflection of how much snowpack there was the previous winter — the snowpack was 43 percent of normal in Yosemite as of April 1. That’s the reason that Glacier Point Road opened on Friday with plows making big-time progress on Tioga Pass Road, which allows access to the park from Lee Vining in the Eastern Sierra. Glacier Point Road opened May 27 in 2011 and Tioga Road on June 18. Reminder: Yosemite is served by park shuttles, the regional YARTs bus (which includes stops in Mammoth Lakes), Greyhound and Amtrak buses that connect with the San Joaquin train. More info here.