The first USC home game is this Saturday and Metro and USC are hoping lots of potential drivers abandon their cars and take the new Expo Line (via other Metro bus and rail) to this game and others. Not only is it the green way to travel, it will take the pressure off hunting for a parking space since Saturday's game is already sold out. Here's a release from this morning's press event at USC.
Steve Lopes, USC Senior Associate Athletic Director, and Metro CEO Art Leahy were joined today by members of the USC Song Girls and the Spirit of Troy bandfor a pep rally announcing enhanced service to University of Southern California home games this season. The first game — this Saturday, Sept. 1 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum — is sold out, which means 92,000 fans could be searching for parking.
Unless they Go Metro. The morning pep rally at Pardee Plaza on the USC campus celebrated the first season of Expo Line service to Trojan home games. Metro's new Expo Line is the perfect vehicle for getting to the games since two stations — Expo/Vermont and Expo Park/USC — serve the university. And game day enhanced service, which includes “event guides” to answer questions, has been designed to make it easy for fans to avoid traffic and parking hassles while taking Expo to the games.
“We want potential new riders to know that Metro staff will be on hand to help riders successfully navigate the system on game days,” said Metro CEO and USC graduate Art Leahy. “And we're adding more trains to make sure travel is smooth. Whether riders are carrying a picnic basket or not, we know they'll see that this new way to the games is convenient and enjoyable. And you don't have to worry about driving home after a long day.”
Monday, Sept. 3 is Labor Day, which means Metro buses and trains will be running on holiday schedule. It also means that Metro will run extended late-night service on Sunday, Sept. 2.
All Metro Rail, the Metro Orange Line and Metro Silver Line will run until 2 a.m. on Sunday, perfect for those who want to take advantage of the long weekend and stay out late or those going to the FYF Fest at the Los Angeles State Historic Park this weekend.
FYF Fest takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight both days. Take the Gold Line and hop off at Chinatown Station for easy access to the festival.
In addition, the first USC Football home game of the year is on Saturday, go Metro to avoid the traffic and hassle of parking. The Silver Line will be running enhanced service on game day, and of course there's the Expo Line (Expo/Vermont, Expo Park/USC and Jefferson/USC). With a sold out game (that's over 90,000 people milling around the area), it's going to be crowded, and we really want everyone to have a fun – and safe – experience. So plan ahead and keep an eye out for approaching trains.
The State Route 710 project’s technical advisory committee met this morning at Metro headquaters in downtown Los Angeles. The topic of discussion: the performance of the alternatives under review for the Alternatives Analysis phase of the study to improve mobility in the western San Gabriel Valley and surrounding area.
A set of five alternative concepts were publicly recommended for further study last week, refined from the previous set of 12. The other seven alternatives are not being considered further because they do not perform as well and/or were more environmentally damaging.
The five remaining alternatives are:
1. A freeway tunnel that would run directly between the 710 terminus in Alhambra and the 210 freeway in Pasadena.
2. A bus rapid transit project (BRT) with refinements between downtown East Los Angeles and Pasadena and neighboring areas.
3. A north-south light rail line (LRT) with refinements between East Los Angeles and Pasadena.
4. A “Transportation System Management/Transportation System Demand (TSM/TDM)” alternative, which is focused on low build and low impact strategies that enhance transit service and existing intersections.
5. No Build alternative.
Through outreach efforts, conceptual engineering and other technical studies, Metro says these will be further refined by Metro consultants as part of the ongoing alternatives analysis phase of the study. Work on the draft environmental impact statement/report will begin by 2013 is likely to take one year.
And this is important: staff is also looking at hybrid approaches that could combine road and transit improvements. The bottom line, staff emphasizes, is that they’re trying to take as broad an approach as possible to help speed travel in the study area.
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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.