Service delays on the Blue and Expo lines this afternoon

Metro Blue Line patrons are experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to problems with the power line that feeds the trains. Metro is implementing single tracking and also has implemented an emergency bus service for Blue Line passengers between 7TH St/Metro Center and Grand stations, and for the Expo Line, between 7th St/Metro Center and 23rd Street Station. Repairs are estimated to take a couple of hours. For Service Alerts go to www.metro.net or follow us on @MetroLAalerts on Twitter.

 


Let's stop cell phone snatchers

Metro and L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies are asking patrons to watch for the person in these photographs. On July 16 at approximately 11:10 p.m. this suspect was captured on video grabbing an Apple iPad from a Metro patron as she was riding the Blue Line. When the train arrived at the Compton Station, the suspect approached the victim from behind, grabbed her iPad from her hands and fled the train car and platform northbound on foot. Please call the LASD Transit Services Bureau (323) 563-5000 if you recognize this man. He is thought to be 17-19 years old with black hair and brown eyes, 5′ 6″ or 5′ 7″, 140-150 pounds.

Aboard Metro buses and trains, thieves are snatching smart phones and other electronic devices at a growing rate and Metro officials and Los Angeles County Sheriffs are taking steps to stop it. But they need the public’s help in putting an end to these crimes of opportunity. Raising awareness is the first step.

“It’s a national trend. And we need to educate the public about how they can avoid being victims of this kind of crime,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Commander Patrick Jordan.

In L.A., as well as in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago, thieves are stealing cell phones and other electronic devices out of the hands of inattentive transit riders. Metro experienced a 47 percent increase in phone thefts during the first half of this year, compared with the first half of last year.

In looking at the thefts by month, they began to increase steadily in March of this year, with a low of 15 in February and a high of 34 in July. There have been 168 phone theft reports taken since the first of the year. The result has been 84 arrests.

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Metro rider survey infographic

Instead of posting the plain text from the latest Metro survey of bus and rail passengers, we  decided to give the numbers a graphical twist. As for the results, they’re pretty much in line with previous surveys. More info on how the survey was conducted below.

How the surveys are done

Every year, Metro conducts a survey aboard their buses and trains.  This is how we take “the pulse” of our riders. We send surveyors onto a sample of enough bus lines to account for 98% of our weekday passenger boardings.

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Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Sept. 19

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.

THE ART OF TRANSIT: The 181 bus on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena last night. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Beverly Hills pursues bike sharing program (Beverly Hills Patch) 

The Council inquires about hosting bike rental stations, raising concerns Beverly Hills hasn’t done much on the bike infrastructure front. “Hopefully by having these bikes in the city and increasing people’s alternate modes of transport, we will come closer to the solution of bike paths,” Vice Mayor John Mirisch said. The city, of course, is suing Metro over plans for a different kind of alternate mode.

Metro staff reiterates backing of CBS Outdoors for advertising contract (L.A. Times) 

In a new staff report, Metro supports a $110-million bid by CBS Outdoors to sell advertising that appears on agency properties. Another bidder, Titan, is seeking the contract with Metro but staff have concerns over issues Titan has had with other transit agencies.

A draft of Washington’s new bus maps.

Washington’s new transit maps highlight frequency of service (Greater Greater Washington) 

The agency that runs transit in the D.C. area is tinkering with its service maps and looking for public input. The new maps place special emphasis on the frequency of bus lines, with big bold red lines indicating bus lines that run every 15 minutes or less (with some exceptions for the ‘burbs). Metro does something similar, with a 15-minute map to show buses that run every 15 minutes or less during the daytime.

Metro August ridership numbers

Here are the latest ridership numbers across the Metro system.

The average weekday ridership for the Blue Line (92,006 boardings) and the new Expo Line (19,776) were the highest ever. The Orange Line had its second-best average to date (27,513) and the Green Line its third-best month ever (45,536).

Below are the July numbers, which on the rail side are tabulated over the prior several months and then crunched to come up with the monthly numbers:

Bus – Directly Operated

Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011 Aug. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,074,951 1,048,258 1,050,267
Average Saturday Boardings 723,663 728,213 725,903
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 552,120 547,722 538,147
Total Calendar Month Boardings 29,827,005 29,213,674 28,700,221

Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

Bus – Contract

Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011 Aug. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 45,836 41,327 42,870
Average Saturday Boardings 26,702 24,266 24,838
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 20,881 18,727 18,660
Total Calendar Month Boardings 1,244,551 1,122,490 1,135,790

Bus – Systemwide

Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011 Aug. 2010
Average Weekday Boardings 1,120,787 1,089,585 1,093,137
Average Saturday Boardings 750,365 752,479 750,741
Average Sunday and Holiday Boardings 573,001 566,449 556,807
Total Calendar Month Boardings 31,071,556 30,336,164 29,836,011

Directly operated bus ridership includes Orange and Silver Line ridership.

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Go Metro to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour flyover on Friday!

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

The photo was taken Monday at Cape Canaveral in Florida — the Endeavour and the Shuttle Aircraft Carrier are due to leave for the first leg of the trip to Los Angeles at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Endeavour will spend Wednesday night in Houston and then arrive on Thursday at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. On Friday, the Endeavour will depart early in the morning for Northern California and then arrive back in Southern California about 10:30 a.m. with planned low altitude flights over several local landmarks, including the Malibu area, Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Disneyland, the California Science Center in Exposition Park and Los Angeles International Airport, reports the L.A. Times.

The shuttle is due to arrive at LAX about 11 a.m. Friday.

The easiest access point on the Metro system would be to take the Expo Line to the USC/Expo Park station and stake out a spot in the park. The Los Angeles City Hall observation tower is also near the Red/Purple Line Civic Center station and the Gold Line’s Little Tokyo station — but I’m not sure how good views will be from there. The Griffith Observator seems to be a good vantage point but unfortunately there is no bus shuttle service there on weekdays.

Anyone else out there have some good ideas? Brainstorm please. Sounds like NASA is going to release some more info on Wednesday.

Input wanted: Metro to Hold Community Meetings in October to Update the Public on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study

  • Public is invited to learn about the project, the evaluation process, and the options being studied including different routes and transportation modes. Comments and input are welcome.

Here’s the news release from Metro:

Metro and the City of Los Angeles, in coordination with the City of San Fernando, will hold four community meetings in October to update the public on the Alternatives Analysis (AA) study that is evaluating options to improve north-south travel opportunities in the East San Fernando Valley and provide connections to the regional transportation network. One of the Measure R projects, the AA study is a precursor to the draft environmental document.

The community meetings will be held on the following dates and times. Information at all the community meetings will be the same.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St. in North Hills, CA 91343. Served by Metro Rapid Line 734 & Local Lines 237 & 234.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the San Fernando High School, 11133 O’Melveny Av in San Fernando, CA 91340. Served by and Metro Rapid Lines 734 and 761 and Metro Local Lines 230 and 234.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd. in Panorama City, CA 91402. Served by Metro Rapid Line 761 & Metro Local Lines 233 & 656; DASH Route – Panorama City/Van Nuys.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 3-5 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. Served by Metro Orange Line, Metro Local Lines 154, 156, 164, 233 and 237 and Metro Rapid Line 761; DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys and Van Nuys/Studio City.

Those that can’t attend in person may view the Oct. 4 meeting via webcast beginning at 6:30 p.m. at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eastsfv.  Or they can catch it later at this same link beginning Oct. 5.

The study is evaluating possible improvements alongVan Nuys Boulevard,Sepulveda Boulevardor a hybrid route.  The area under review stretches fromVentura Boulevardon the south to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station and the I-210 Freeway on the north.  Initial alternatives under consideration as part of the AA include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), as well as a required “No Build” alternative and a Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative aimed at better managing the flow of traffic along the corridor.

Spanish translation will be provided as well as additional languages upon request. Special accommodations and information in alternative formats are available to the public. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made within three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date.

For additional information on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study visit metro.net/projects/east-sfv or call the project hotline at 818-276-3233.