Transportation headlines, Tuesday, April 24

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.

Union Station and downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Joel Epstein/Metro.

A win-win scenario for Farmers Field (Los Angeles Times)

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, UCLA urban planning professor Donald Shoup writes that AEG should bundle their event tickets for Farmers Field with free Metro day passes (and, in fact, AEG has proposed to sell transit tickets with game tickets as part of their draft environmental study). In support of his proposal, Shoup cites the experience of Seattle’s 72,000-seat Husky Stadium where the team contracts with Seattle Metro to allow tickets to serve as transit passes on game days. Public transit ridership among fans jumped from four percent the year before the program began in 1987 to 20 percent in 2008.

New York City finalizing maps of bike share stations (Transportation Nation)

Bike share in New York is inching closer to becoming a reality as the city finalizes its bike station locations. Large bike docks are planned for important transit stops including the Port Authority, Penn Station, Columbus Circle and Astor Place. The placement of bikes at subway stations and major bus stops should help New York address its first mile/last mile problem, or how commuters travel between the subway or bus to their nearby destination. Continue reading

The art of transit: Expo Line coming soon video

Metro staffer Gayle Anderson edited together this video using some neat aerial footage of the Expo alignment. As many of you surely know, Expo is opening this weekend with service and free rides between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Regular service with longer hours and fares begins Monday morning; here’s the Expo Line timetable.

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

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:


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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