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

Orange Line festivities, free rides draw midday crowds

Metro Orange Line extension to Chatsworth construction chief Hitesh Patel, center, and John Parker, chairman of United Chambers of Commerce, join the Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon-cutting at Canoga Station as the community welcomes the new four-mile extension of the Metro Orange Line. Photo by Dave Sotero.

Metro Orange Line extension to Chatsworth project manager Hitesh Patel, center, and John Parker, chairman of United Chambers of Commerce, join the Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon-cutting at Canoga Station as the community welcomes the new four-mile extension of the Metro Orange Line. Photo by Dave Sotero.

Metro and the West Valley communities are celebrating the opening of the Orange Line Extension today. Festivities continue to 4 p.m. and include food trucks, live music and community booths.

Chatsworth folks staged a ribbon cutting with Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander, center, and Orange Line Transportation Manager Gary Spivack. To Spivack's right is Hitesh Patel, who directed the construction of the Orange Line Extension, and, at far left, is California Congressman Howard Berman. Photo by Dave Sotero.

Chatsworth folks staged a ribbon cutting with Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander, center, and Orange Line Transportation Manager Gary Spivack. To Spivack’s right is Hitesh Patel, who directed the construction of the Orange Line Extension, and, at far left, is California Congressman Howard Berman. Photo by Dave Sotero.

At the Canoga Station, check out the community booths, food trucks, a group bicycle ride with Valley Bikery and live performances by Vocal Percussion Radio, Two Dogs Band, Tripletrouble, West 79th Street Funk Jazz Band

At the Chatsworth Station, there’s community booths, food trucks, a petting zoo and pony rides for children provided by The Farm. Also, live performances are presented by Cowboy Palace – Country Gone Awry and Coldwater Canyon – and Metro Express.

Rides on the Orange Line Extension from Canoga Station to Chatsworth Station are free both today and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Regular fares apply on all other Metro Rail, Metro Rapid and Metro Local lines.

Online: All about the Orange Line Extension

The Source taking a holiday

Hi everybody. I’ll be on vacation and largely away from the internet between today and July 10, meaning there there will be light posting on The Source until I’m back. Comments will be moderated while I’m gone, but not as often.

It’s been an eventful first half of 2012, with the opening of the Expo Line, the completion of the environmental studies for the Westside Subway Extension and Regional Connector and this weekend’s debut of the Orange Line Extension.

The second half of the year should be equally interesting, with the fall opening of the ExpressLanes congestion pricing project on the 110 freeway and the strong possibility that voters could be looking at a Measure R extension on the November ballot.

Thank you to everyone for reading The Source and I’m looking forward to carrying on the conversation after a short break!

Steve Hymon, Editor


America Fast Forward – Embedded in Surface Transportation Bill – Heads to White House for President’s Signature

Metro CEO Art Leahy has just issued this legislative alert:

America Fast Forward – Embedded in Surface Transportation Bill – Heads to White House for President’s Signature

America Fast Forward, the innovative national transportation finance plan championed by our Board Chairman and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and our Board of Directors, is slated to become the centerpiece of the innovative finance portion of America’s new surface transportation program. Earlier today, the United States House of Representatives passed HR 4348, the Conference Report on the new surface transportation bill by a margin of 373-52, with the entire Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation voting in favor. The bill, known as MAP-21, reauthorizes Federal transportation policy and funding levels through September, 2014 at current funding levels, adjusted for inflation. Less than an hour after the House passed HR 4348, the United States Senate followed suit by passing the bill by a margin of 74-19, with both California Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, voting in favor.  Metro is deeply appreciative to our Board of Directors, Senator Boxer and all members of the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation and other Members of Congress, and the broad coalition of labor, business, and environmental groups who worked hard to ensure that MAP-21 includes America Fast Forward. The bill is headed to the White House, where President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

MORE:  American Public Transportation Association (APTA) report
House and Senate Vote to Pass Surface Transportation Conference Report