Work continues to proceed well on the “Iconic Bridge” for the Gold Line Foothill Extension that will bring the Gold Line from Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. The photo above shows one of the supports for the bridge that will carry the tracks from the middle of the 210 freeway toward downtown Arcadia.
After the jump is a “year in review” piece by the Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the project that Metro will operate. The line is scheduled for completion in 2015 and is being paid for with the Measure R sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.
Source reader Darrell Clarke — also the mover and shaker of Friends4Expo — posted a link to this great photo in the comments section of our earlier post about getting rail cars to Metro.
Darrell took this photo on the Golden State Freeway going up the Grapevine. Regular Metro riders probably recognize the AnsaldoBreda car that is used on the Gold Line.
Here’s the news release from Metrolink, the commuter rail agency funded partially by Metro:
IRVINE – Caltrans and Metrolink have jointly developed a pilot project to show commuters that trains are a viable alternative to freeway traffic. Both train and freeway travel times are now displayed on electronic highway message signs near the Fullerton and Anaheim train stations.
“For travel between Orange County and downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station, trains are often faster than freeways,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We want to give commuters real-time information to help them get to their destination quicker.”
I know that many Source readers have been clamoring for cell and/or wi-fi service in Metro’s subway stations — something that has become reality in a few other cities.
Metro is finally on the verge of asking potential contractors to bid on supplying service. There’s no guarantee it will happen — the numbers have to add up and the decision will ultimately be up to the Metro Board of Directors.
But here’s an update from Metro CEO Art Leahy’s daily email to staff from this past Friday:
Procurement will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) next week to procure Underground Cell Phone and Data Services. The procurement process blackout period is expected to run from December 20, 2011 to March 12, 2012. Metro does not currently have cell phone or data services available in its underground rail system. This competitive procurement seeks to provide such services at no cost to Metro through a neutral host provider (NHP) who will contract with the major carriers and share a portion of its gross revenue with Metro.
How do they do that? is a new series for The Source that explores the technology that helps keep Metro running and passengers and other commuters moving. Some of it applies directly to the trains, buses and freeways and some of it runs in the background — invisible to nearly everyone but essential to mobility in our region.
How does Metro transport rail cars from manufacturing sites around the world to L.A.?
Metro operates five rail lines that include three light-rail lines and two heavy rail (subway) lines. Train cars running on the lines are thus far manufactured by three companies: AnsaldoBreda (made in Italy), Nippon Sharyo (made in Japan) and Siemens (made in California).
Obviously, cars made in Italy and Japan can’t just be rolled here on rail. But the same is true of cars manufactured in California. Unless the cars are made adjacent to the Metro rail lines on which they will run (none are), they must be transferred via some means.
A photo of the event from GOOD's Facebook page.
Sick of traffic? Done with smog? Well, you’re not the only one.
This past Saturday, GOOD Attacks! took place right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and this intrepid Metro-ette was there right in the middle of the action. The gathering is the first in a series of events designed to use flash mobs to draw attention to the problem of congestion in the city.
Organized by GOOD and mono – GOOD is a media platform that promotes the good news, mono is a design and branding company – the event began at noon with organizers and attendees gathering in a parking lot across Pershing Square. Many participants arrived by bicycle, while some strolled over from the nearby Metro Red/Purple Line station.