Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Sept. 26

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.

This is what the 2 freeway looked like during the first Carmageddon. Photo by Will Hastings, via Flickr creative commons.

Carmageddon II requires 185,000 people to park it (L.A. Times)

Caltrans provides the breakdown of what’s needed to keep the 405 and other area freeways clear this weekend when 10 miles of the 405 will be shut down between the 10 and 101. The bottom line: 66 percent of the cars usually on the road need to be parked. The Times also reports helicopters are being discouraged from buzzing the construction area while opining that the Carmageddon warnings haven’t been as dire this time around.

Meanwhile, over at Curbed LA, they’re warning that no one is scared of Carmageddon — based on their reading of the media tea leaves — and that will be our downfall. My sense is that most people are certainly aware of Carmageddon and I think traffic will be reduced from a normal weekend. Enough to keep the freeways moving? I hope so.

KCRW’s “Which Way L.A.?” tackles the complacency question in a segment last night featuring Metro’s Marc Littman, who urged people to avoid the area, take advantage of Destination Discounts around town and to not try to pull stunts such as walking or biking on the 405 because A) it’s dangerous with construction vehicles around, and; B) people will be cited.

One thing that needs to be understood is that there are some events around town that were scheduled before the dates for the 405 closure was announced, among them the Herbralife Triathlon Los Angeles, which will be closing down some streets on Sunday morning. From ZevWeb:

But this time the situation is considerably more complicated. Carmageddon II is falling during the full swing of autumn, not during the summer when schools were out and much of L.A. was on vacation. The weekend will have a lot more going on than just one Westside freeway closure: The Dodgers will be playing the Rockies. Placido Domingo will be singing “The Two Foscari” at the Los Angeles Opera. The Hollywood Bowl will have The Go-Gos on Saturday and Wilco on Sunday.

West Hollywood is expecting 25,000 people to meet Deepak Chopra and Rocco Dispirito at its annual outdoor book fair. The Getty Villa in Malibu will be open.  And then there’s Los Angeles International Airport, which is expecting 172,000 passengers, 66,000 vehicles and about 20,000 employees to come in and out.

Still, of all the diversions that have been forced to belatedly incorporate Carmageddon II into their planning, the triathlon has had the most ironic set of challenges. While the rest of Southern California is being urged to stay home and steer clear of the roads on Sunday, the thousands of triathletes and their fans will be out in full force on the pavement, crisscrossing Los Angeles from the shore to Staples Center, first in the water, then on bicycles and finally on foot via a 6-mile loop Downtown.

L.A.’s first official bike street: our review (L.A. Weekly)

Good write-up of Yucca Street in Hollywood by Alissa Walker, who thinks the city of L.A. did a tremendous job in adding cycling amenities to a street that has benefited from mellow car traffic. It won’t be easy to replicate elsewhere, she writes, but there are certainly elements that could be borrowed as the city of L.A. dramatically expands its bike infrastructure.

 

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Metro to open new El Monte station to the public on Sunday, Oct. 14

Here's the news release, hot off the Metro presses:

​Metro will officially open to the public a new expanded El Monte Station on Sunday, Oct. 14 having finished construction of the new state-of-the-art transit facility that revamped and expanded the old El Monte Station.

​The upgrade to the El Monte facility, which first opened in 1973, is part of the Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program known as ExpressLanes and is funded by a $210 million federal grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

​Metro and Caltrans District 7, along with Foothill Transit, Gardena Transit, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, MetroLink and Torrance Transit are partnering in a one-year demonstration project during which existing carpool lanes on the I-10 El Monte Busway (between Alameda Street and I-605) and the I-110 Harbor Transitway (between Adams Boulevard and the Harbor Gateway Transit Center) will be converted to High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes called ExpressLanes.

​The upgrading of the El Monte Bus Station is an essential part of the success of the ExpressLane project in an effort to provide commuters, regardless of income level, with new and better travel options along two of LA County’s most congested corridors. ExpressLanes along the Harbor Freeway will open November 10. ExpressLanes along the San Bernardino Freeway will open in early 2013.

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Metro to hold Westside Subway Extension community update meeting on Oct. 10 at LACMA

The public is invited to attend a community update meeting to learn about next steps for the Westside Subway Extension. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 5th floor Terrace Room of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art West, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles (90036).

The first phase would extend the Metro Purple Line from the Western/Wilshire Station nearly four miles and add three new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 and be completed for this section by 2022.

The meeting will focus on the various pre-construction activities that are anticipated to occur over the next 12 to 18 months. This includes advanced soils testing in the vicinity of the La Brea Tar Pits, utility relocation, continued engineering and design, and property acquisition.

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@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, Sept. 25 edition

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, our roundup of the latest Metro related tweets. To get our attention, add the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets and subscribe to our feed if you haven’t already. For specific complaints and customer service, please use the Customer Comment Form on metro.net.

If having problems viewing this post on your browser, please see part one and part two on the Storify website.

Many more tweets after the jump!

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Work on Sepulveda Station parking structure for Expo Phase 2 begins next week

As someone who has received a few parking tickets on the Westside, I can’t say I’m sad to see the West L.A. enforcement center go. Boo hoo!

Here’s the construction notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority that is building the Measure R-funded second phase between Culver City and Santa Monica:

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Go Metro to see Janelle Monáe in concert at Club Nokia tonight

 

Social Media Week Los Angeles started yesterday in Hollywood (who else went? wasn’t it just thrilling?), but tonight’s event takes place in downtown LA at Club Nokia.

Go see Janelle Monáe’s free concert at 7:30 p.m. To get your ticket to the show, click here and tell Nokia and SMWLA which song you think belongs on the ultimate “Social Playlist” that will be played by a DJ at the show. Remember to enter your information, and you’re on the list.

Go Metro and get a VIP Pit Pass. Just show your TAP card at the door to receive the pass. The offer is only good for the first 25 registered attendees to show up, so get there early. The Blue and Expo line’s Pico station is a short walk from L.A. Live and Club Nokia.

Panorama photos of new El Monte Station

An opening date for the newly rebuilt El Monte Station will be announced soon. Until then, here are a pair of nice panorama photo of the new facility:

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