Board of Supervisors defers vote on putting Measure R extension on November ballot

The Board voted 3 to 2 at its meeting on Tuesday to defer the vote until August 7. Voting to defer were Supervisors Mike Antonovich, Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Voting against deferring were Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky. All are members of the Metro Board of Directors in their role as supervisors.

The Metro Board voted 10-3 at its June meeting to try putting the Measure R extension on the November ballot. Here’s The Source’s post.

Those who supported postponing the vote said the Metro Board of Directors will now have time to consider a motion by Metro Board Member John Fasana that would allow funds within a Measure R subregion to potentially be transferred between highway and transit projects.

In order for the Measure R extension to go to voters in November, the Board of Supervisors must approve putting the item on the ballot. Metro staff have said all material must be submitted to the County Registrar by August 10. The state Legislature still would have to approve AB 1446 and the bill would have to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Reminder: Angels Express service on Metrolink

Angels Stadium. Photo by Kwong Yee Cheng, via Flickr creative commons.

The Angels return home this Friday night to face the Texas Rangers, who the Angels are chasing in the American League West. The Angels are then home all next week against both Kansas City and Baltimore.

Metrolink continues its Angels Express service, offering round-trips from Union Station to Angels Stadium for $7 for all 7:05 p.m. weeknight games. Trains leave Union Station at 5:50 p.m. and then leave Angels Stadium 30 minutes after the end of the game. On Friday nights, trains leave 45 minutes after the game so fans can watch the fireworks without rushing.

The news release from Metrolink is posted after the jump with all the details.

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@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, July 17 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

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

Many more tweets are after the jump!

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Metro Library milestone: 2 million Flickr views & more rarely seen photographs

This past weekend, the Metro Transportation Library & Archive logged its 2,000,000th view of its online Flickr photo collection.

Since launching less than four years ago, the Library has become a national leader in the early adoption of social media, including resource sharing such as Flickr.

The collection now numbers more than 8,000 and spans all of Metro’s predecessor agencies dating back to the 1870s.

This post explains the value of providing digital access to our transportation legacy and highlights some of the more recent additions to the collection, many of which have never been seen before.

They include early 20th century views of the Mount Lowe Railway, renderings from early Metro Rail planning (anyone for overhead rail lines through Hollywood?), Los Angeles’ 1970’s exploration of People Mover personal rapid transit, opening day for the Cahuenga Pass Freeway in 1940, and much more.

The entire story and links to the images can be found at the Library’s Primary Resources blog.

Connecting transit to jobs and workers in America

The Brookings Institution last week released its latest study of transit’s ability in the U.S. to get people to their jobs. The good news is that the Los Angeles metro area ranked first in the number of jobs near transit.

The region, on the other hand, ranked 42nd in the country in terms of workers’ ability to reach their jobs via transit in 90 minutes. The numbers suggest the challenge in the L.A. region is that many people’s residences are either far from frequent transit or from their jobs, or both. No surprise there.

From the study summary:

The typical job is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. Labor access varies considerably from a high of 64 percent in metropolitan Salt Lake City to a low of 6 percent in metropolitan Palm Bay, reflecting differences in both transit provision, job concentration, and land use patterns. City jobs are consistently accessible to larger shares of metropolitan labor pools than suburban jobs, reinforcing cities’ geographic advantage relative to transit routing.

Again, I’m not sure that’s a shocking conclusion. The hope is that it resonates with both those who make land-use policy and, equally important, the firms that have the freedom to choose where they locate. Yes, there may be cheap land and real estate in the distant ‘burbs, but the Brookings study suggests that comes with a price — lack of access to a good chunk of the workforce.

Safer pedestrian crossings for the Expo Line

“Tiger stripes” at Expo/USC crossing. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

Some of you may have noticed the neat new stripes at the crossings of 23rd Street Station and Expo/USC Station.

It’s all part of making Expo Line’s pedestrian crossings that much safer. Not only do the stripes designate proper crossing areas, they remind everyone to be a little bit more aware of the train tracks. Even if you’ve got your head down and eyes glued to your phone, the glittery stripes are hard to miss.

The tiger stripes will be installed at all non-gated pedestrian crossings along the Expo Line over the next few months and eventually cover crossings at the Blue and Gold Lines as well.

Transportation headlines, Tuesday, July 17

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.

A tool to disrupt loud talkers on transit? (Atlantic Cities)

A Japanese invention records called the “SpeechJammer” records loud talkers and then plays their talking back to them a millisecond later, thereby disrupting their loud talking. Atlantic Cities says this could be a useful tool on the subway. I can see their point, but I’m not sure law enforcement officials will appreciate riders pointing these things at other passengers.

Ride review: the Orange Line Extension bike path (L.A. Streetsblog)

Editor Damien Newton gives the new four-mile bike path a B+. It’s smooth and safe, he writes, but the waits for green lights to cross signalized intersections can be excruciating. In fact, it took Damien 27 minutes to go four miles because of those waits — and he’s not a slow cyclist.

High-speed rail funds to speed improvements for local transit (KPCC)

Among items that will be paid for by high-speed rail funds are projects that improve access to Union Station in Los Angeles station — such as the Regional Connector and fly-through tracks to remedy the current set-up in which all trains have to enter and leave Union Station going the same way. Other upgrades will include some grade separations on Metrolink tracks throughout Southern California, including some on sections of track to be shared by the bullet train.

210 soundwall project completed (Pasadena Star News)

About two miles of soundwalls along the 210 freeway between Santa Anita Avenue and California Avenue in Arcadia and Monrovia were officially greeted by Metro and city officials on Monday. The project was paid for with Measure R sales tax funds. Some Arcadia residents say the soundwall needs to be extended further west, a project that the Metro Board of Directors may accelerate.