SR-710 Study wraps up latest round of community meetings to review alternatives under consideration

The SR-710 study meeting last week in Pasadena. Photo by Daniel McGuire/Metro.

Metro and Caltrans last week completed a round of seven “Open Houses” that were held in May as part of the ongoing Alternatives Analysis for the SR-710 study, which seeks to find ways to improve traffic in the area of the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena.

The meetings were held in the communities of El Sereno, Eagle Rock, La Canada Flintridge, El Monte, South Pasadena, Alhambra and Pasadena with nearly 400 people attending.

The Open Houses were designed as a “learning environment” in which participants can learn about the project at their own pace. To learn more about the study, please see the SR-710 page on metro.net. Online comments can be submitted through the project’s Twitter account (@SR710Study), though the project’s Facebook page or by phone at 855-477-7100.

Here are the various alternatives that are under study (and here’s direct link to the pdf):

Sr710 Open House Alternative Concepts

Transit districts revealed as key to growth and jobs; TOD Summit tomorrow at USC

Here’s the news release from ULI Los Angeles:

Transformative Strategies Will Be Showcased by Metro, U.S. General Services Administration and State of California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The 3rd annual TOD Summit by ULI Los Angeles will unveil compelling information about how Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is now the most effective development and revitalization tool in Southern California. Among the evidence presented at the TOD Summit will be new data on developments expanding around the Red Line and new Expo Line from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). There will also be news about how Measure R, which provides Los Angeles County with $40 billion in critical transit and highway funding, is transforming our communities with jobs and connectivity.

TOD Summit 2012 – “Staying on Track and Moving Forward” – will include:
Arthur Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Metro will provide feedback on the opening on the Expo Line and on the dramatic growth surrounding the transit lines throughout LA County.
Frank Giblin, Director of Urban Development, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on the critical mass of federal workplaces in relation to transportation and other sustainability indicators.

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Transportation headlines, Wednesday, June 6

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.

Small decrease in driving = huge decrease in congestion (League of American Bicyclists)

The Leagues breaks down the numbers to show that taking a few cars off the road really does make a difference. It’s hardly a new hypothesis, but interesting to see in the context of the recent decline in miles driven by Americans.

Passing a transportation bill is job one, Congress (NRDC Switchboard blog)

This sentence neatly sums up this blog post: Seriously? Republicans in Congress decrying a lack of jobs are holding the biggest job creating bill hostage in order to weaken environmental safeguards, stymie citizen input and pave the way for an oil pipeline.

Ending climate change begins in the city (C40 Cities)

Check out this series of infographics that show how much energy cities consume and how urban density can lead to efficiencies that lower greenhouse gases.


The art of transit

photo by Neil R, via Flickr creative commons

In keeping with the news of the day, here’s a photo of a bus.

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 to — and not to jinx anything — what could hypothetically be the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals

Goalie Jonathan Quick and winger Jeff Carter celebrate the Kings' win in Game 3. Photo: Los Angeles Kings.

They can only cram so many people, of course, into Staples Center for Game 4 today between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings, with the puck dropping about 5:15 p.m.. But I’m guessing that interest in this afternoon’s game will draw a big crowd to L.A. Live and the surrounding area as it could be the last game of the 2011-12 season for both teams.

If that happens — and it’s a big ‘if’ and really shouldn’t be discussed further at the risk of angering the Hockey Gods — one of the teams will earn a trophy.

Which is all a long way of saying: Take Metro Rail to the big game tonight. The Blue Line and Expo Line both stop two blocks from Staples Center (the Pico Station) and the Red/Purple Line subway at 7th and Figueroa, where you can transfer to the Blue or Expo lines or enjoy an easy stroll to Staples.

For those new to the Metro Rail system, here’s the skinny:

Need to plan your transit trip? Try Metro’s Trip Planner or Google Transit.

•The new Expo Line runs from the La Cienega/Jefferson station to 7th/Metro Center at the intersection of Figueroa and 7th streets, with a stop at Pico — two short blocks from L.A. Live and Staples Center. There is free parking available at the Metro garage at La Cienega/Jefferson, as well as many paid parking options at Exposition Park. Timetable and parking info

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Go Expo to Culver City Third Wednesdays

Most downtowners in Los Angeles know that the second Thursday of every month means Artwalk. For those who just can’t get enough of the art – and let’s be honest, good food and drink – there is now another option available before the next Artwalk rolls around: Culver City Third Wednesdays.

Culver City Station opens June 20, just in time for this month’s Third Wednesday. “Summer Solstice” happy hour festivities are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Easily accessible from Expo Line’s Culver City Station, Third Wednesdays is a neighborhood-wide happy hour combined with live entertainment. The main area of interest is the triangle of shops and restaurants that starts where Venice Blvd. meets Culver Blvd. one block west of the station. Most of the galleries, including Fresh Paint Art, Gallery 9, WWA and Royal/T, stay open later to allow you to appreciate art after dining, and many restaurants offer special happy hour deals, drinks and dishes. Many local businesses may also offer free samples and prize giveaways, so don’t be shy about popping into random shops and looking around.

MGM Studios' Leo the Lion statue outside of Culver Hotel on Culver Blvd

If you’re in the mood for a show, stroll over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre on Washington Boulevard and see what’s playing. You should probably get tickets in advance. The theatre is offering theatre tours, ticket giveaways and free refreshments for the “Summer Solstice” Third Wednesday.

So, lovers of Artwalk – and Westsiders, feel free to take Expo to get downtown Los Angeles for that – it’s time to start planning ahead. Between second Thursdays and Third Wednesdays (and every Friday!), you’re going to be busy.

@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, June 5 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 Metro.net.

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Many more of your tweets are after the jump!

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