Innovative New Metro Pass Program for Foster Youths Begins One-Year Test

 

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael Antonovich with Youth on the Move participants (from left) Miani Giron, Norma Lathan and Tommy Dias. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

Metro hosted a press event this morning about a new program offering mobility to L.A. County youths transitioning out of the foster care system. It’s called Youth on the Move and it’s the first of its kind in the U.S. Here’s the release:

L.A. County Supervisor and new Metro Board Chair Michael Antonovich was joined today by County and Metro officials and foster youths in announcing an innovative new transit pass program — the first of its kind in the country — to benefit young people emerging from the Los Angeles County Foster Care system.

 

The new program, called Youth on the Move, is a one-year pilot to determine the feasibility of this important addition to Metro’s transit pass options. Youth on the Move offers free passes to  foster youths participating in the Los Angeles County Youth Self-Sufficiency Program that helps them transition from foster care to  independent living.

 

The Youth on the Move idea was introduced to the Metro Board by L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Antonovich and subsequently approved for the one-year test by the Metro Board.

 

“County government must work effectively and efficently to prepare foster and probation youth for a successful transition to productive adulthood,” said Supervisor Antonovich.  “This new countywide transit pass program — aimed specifically at foster youths transitioning to adulthood — is designed to be a tool to help them continue their education, search for work and be able to accept work in any part of our county.”

 

The new pass program began pre-testing in June when about 20 foster youths between the ages of 18 and 21 were issued Mero passes and EZ transit passes. (EZ passes are valid on Metro bus and rail, as well as on many other carriers inLos AngelesCounty.) The program is launching today and as many as 2,000 young people could ultimately benefit from the pilot program this year.

 

All of the youths in the new Metro program are self sufficient, meaning that they are no longer living with a family or are transitioning out of a group home setting. And all are either employed, looking for work, going to school or, in some cases, all three. 

 

Participants are being issued special TAP transit cards with photos that allow them to travel anywhere in Los Angeles County. Should the cards be lost they can be replaced, since individual users are registered and their passes protected. Distribution of the passes and trip data will be collected and used to help determine the success of the program.

Metrolink to offer special holiday service on 4th of July for Antelope Valley Line

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES - Metrolink will suspend service on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line.

The special Metrolink service will run from Lancaster to L.A. Union Station and back.

Traditionally, holiday ridership in the Antelope Valley region has been significant as individuals utilize the service to visit attractions in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood on July 4.

Regular service will resume system-wide on Thursday, July 5.

For details on Metrolink’s July Fourth holiday schedule and other initiatives, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.

Expo Line phase 2 community meetings begin next week

The Exposition Construction Authority invites you to a construction and design update community meeting for Phase 2 of the Expo Line project. Stakeholders will receive information on upcoming construction activities and design progress. Progress renderings will be available at the meeting.

The format will include a short presentation followed by an Open House session to facilitate dialogue and community input. The information presented at these meetings will be identical, so interested individuals, organizations and public agencies are welcome to attend on either of the following days:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

6:30 p.m.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services Gymnasium 
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Parking available on campus

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing Meeting Room
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Special Event free parking

Planned Agenda for Community Meetings
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Formal Presentation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Open House Session

ADA Language Accommodation: If you require an interpreter, including sign language services, or other accommodations at these community meetings, please contact Expo at least five business days prior to the meeting date at 213-243-5534.

Gallery: Metro Orange Line Extension on opening day

On board the Orange Line bound for Chatsworth

On board the Orange Line bound for Chatsworth

June 30, 2012: Scenes from opening day of the Metro Orange Line Extension to Chatsworth. Click on images below to view.

Photos by Gary Leonard