Metro bus service changes implemented Sunday, June 17, with improved connections to Expo Line

Just a reminder that bus service changes went into effect Sunday. Here’s the news release from Metro:

Beginning Sunday, June 17, 2012, Metro will implement bus service changes to a number of bus lines throughout Los Angeles County, make adjustments to existing bus lines to better serve the new Metro Expo Line and implement other minor route improvements.

To better serve the newly opened Metro Expo Line now operating between downtown Los Angeles and La Cienega and Jefferson, Metro will implement various route modifications to lines 42, 217, 220, 450, 460, 534, 550, 705, 740, 754, 757, and the Metro Silver Line allowing better bus connections to Expo line stations.

In addition, Metro will implement a new route extension to Line 30 to West Hollywood. Select trips will operate on San Vicente Boulevard between Pico/Rimpau Transit Center and West Hollywood. Service east of downtown Los Angeles will serve 1st Street in both directions and all trips will now operate through the Pico/Rimpau Transit Center.

Metro Line 330 will replace Metro Rapid Line 730 with new peak hour limited stop service making all stops on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles with new stops at Pico/Arlington and Pico/Crenshaw.

Line 305 (Westwood-Leimert Park-South LA-Willowbrook) will be discontinued. Line 305 service on San Vicente Boulevard will be replaced with Lines 30 and 330. Limited Stop Line 363 will be discontinued and replaced with new peak hour service on Line 162 serving all stops on Sherman Way and Lankershim Boulevard.

Line 439 (Downtown LA-Culver City Transit Center via I-10 Freeway) will be discontinued. Service will be provided by Line 217 with all trips extended to the Metro Expo Line La Cienega/Jefferson Station and select trips extended further south along route of former Line 439 to provide new all weekday service to Culver City Transit Center.

A complete list of Metro Bus service changes to be implemented Sunday, June 17, is posted after the jump. For route information visit the timetables and map section of metro.net.

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Transportation headlines, Monday, June 18

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.

Google maps versus Apple maps (Gizmodo)

A side-by-side comparison of Google maps as seen presently on iPhones versus a beta version of Apple maps that will take Google’s place on iPhones. And the winner? Apple maps tend to look cleaner but Gizmodo finds that in most cases they lack all the fine grain information that makes Google maps useful — and Gizmodo says that transit directions are an absolute must before Apple launches. Users will still be able to get at Google maps on their iPhones, but they’ll have to go through their browsers first.

Failing U.S. transportation infrastructure: a graphic (Time)

Nice graphic on the state of the country’s infrastructure. The best item: 66 percent of American voters say they want improved infrastructure but the majority oppose a variety of ways to pay for it — higher gas taxes, tolls or a mileage tax. Hmm.

Separated bike lanes on Figueroa? Maybe (L.A. Streetsblog)

The project to make Figueroa Street more multi-modal between 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is still underway and it appears that a separated bike lane buffered from traffic is still a possibility on parts of the three-mile route. That would be awesomeness.

Zipcar comes to downtown L.A. (Brigham Yen)

The car-sharing firm has put three cars in downtown in the PacMutual building at 6th & Grand. That’s handy for downtown residents who don’t have a car or visitors to L.A. who don’t want to rent a car for their entire time trip here.

Gold Line Foothill Extension project to host open houses beginning June 20

A good aerial view of the new "Iconic" bridge that will carry tracks from the 210 freeway median over the eastbound lanes.

In the first major work on the rest of the Foothill Extension alignment, the old rail bridge over Colorado Boulevard in Arcadia was removed to clear way for the two-track bridge.

Here’s the news release from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, which is building the light rail line from Pasadena to Azusa (pdf here):

2012-06-15 Open Houses Media Advisory FINAL

Go Metro to live music: honeyhoney

honeyhoney - “Little Toy Gun”

With a half-dozen stages set up for Make Music Pasadena 2012 within walking distance of the the Del Mar and Memorial Park Gold Line stations, it doesn’t get any easier to Go Metro this weekend to enjoy a piece of what summer is all about: outdoor shows. Though there are a host of artists and stages worth visiting throughout the day Saturday, when the clock strikes 6 p.m., make sure you’re in front of the Levitt Pavilion to check out honeyhoney.

Their sound is often described as a mix of soul, rock, folk, jazz and country, among others, but since I’m not one to split hairs, I’ll just define their sound as “great tunes” and call it a day. The band was formed in 2006 by Suzanne Santo, an actress and solo performer at the time, and Ben Jaffe, who was recording music for TV and film. After meeting through a mutual friend, the duo cultivated their creative chemistry for a few years and then released “Loose Boots EP” in 2008, which was followed by their first full-length album entitled “First Rodeo” that same year. After three years of performing and writing, they most recently released their second full-length studio effort “Billy Jack” just last fall.

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Become a more confident cyclist

Photo by marcel maia, via Flickr creative commons

Does the thought of riding a bicycle on city streets during rush hour traffic seem horrifyingly dangerous to you? If so, you’re definitely not alone.

For many Americans today, the fear of riding a bike in traffic is one of the top reasons for choosing not to commute by one. Many first time bike commuters initially have the idea that riding a bike in traffic is more dangerous than driving a car, and find it to be a daunting task. Even I had moments when I would get butterflies in my stomach at the thought of cycling to work, and end up taking the bus instead by talking myself out of it.

“What if a car hits me? It’s much safer to just drive or take the bus, why risk it? The roads are really narrow, and the cars go super fast! Cycling is just too dangerous for me! There’s really no safe place for me to bike around my area.”

A lot of us become paralyzed as we think about such questions and statements as above. And, to make matters worse, we always seem to hear from news outlets about confrontations between cyclists and drivers. Then there are those hit-and-run stories we frequently hear about as well, which further encourages most of us to keep the bikes stored and collecting dust in our garages.

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The art of transit

photo by Jeff Sirkin, via Facebook

Nice phone photo of Union Terminal, the rail station in Cincinnati that was built in 1933 and which now houses several museums. The Amtrak train between Washington and Chicago also stops there. The place was pretty much empty when I was growing up in Cincy and it’s nice to see it being used again — although the interstate system and air travel pretty much guarantees that the Ohio River Valley will no longer bustle with rail travel as it once did.

Here’s another cool pic:

photo: Cincinnati Museum Center

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

Go Metro Weekends, June 15-17

The early bird gets the free sandwich! Diners enjoying their free #19 at Langer's. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Reminder: Langer’s 65th anniversary celebration is this Friday and Saturday. Find a seat in the restaurant on Friday and get a free hot pastrami sandwich. The same goes for Saturday, except make sure to Go Metro to enter in the hourly drawings for $100 Langer’s gift certificates. Langer’s Deli is open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drawings on Saturday start at 9 a.m. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, Metro Bus 51 to Alvarado/7th.)

The line outside Langer's Deli. 7th Street is closed to accomodate more people. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Get out and move on Saturday with Let’s Move California!: Fitness Feria. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Learn about nutrition, get free health screenings and participate in fun sports activities led by the L.A. Sparks, L.A. Galaxy and Crossfit. Go Metro and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station, Metro Bus 66 to 8th/Catalina.)

Pasadena is hosting two great events this weekend. Make Music Pasadena is on Saturday, with over 150 performances throughout Downtown Pasadena. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Visit their website for the full line up and schedule of performances. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Visit the Luckman booth at 1 E. Colorado Blvd. and show your valid Metro Pass or Rail ticket to receive a 20% savings pass for tickets to see Lila Downs in September, plus get free tickets to another upcoming show at the Luckman. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Memorial Park Station or Lake Station. The Pasadena ARTS Bus 10 runs throughout the area.)

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