Gold Line service alert: Bus bridge this weekend for three stations on Pasadena side

Buses, not trains, will serve Highland Park, Southwest Museum and Heritage Square stations of the Metro Gold Line this weekend. Just to be sure, plan 20 to 40 minutes extra to get where you're going.

Buses, not trains, will serve Highland Park, Southwest Museum and Heritage Square stations of the Metro Gold Line this weekend. Just to be sure, plan 20 to 40 minutes extra to get where you're going.

Repairs to the overhead power system at the Southwest Museum Gold Line Station will get underway after 9 p.m. this Friday and are expected to be completed by the close of service on Sunday night, well in advance of the Monday morning commute.

In the meantime, Metro buses will shuttle Gold Line passengers between Highland Park, Southwest Museum and Heritage Square stations during the time it takes to complete the maintenance.

The repair work will make it necessary to shut down the power for all three stations. Without the power system, Gold Line trains will not be able to operate in the affected segment.

Passengers will be asked to exit the train and take a waiting shuttle bus to the next operating station to continue their train trip. It’s a good idea to plan for an additional 20 to 40 minutes to get to where you’re going.

Normal train service will run between East Los Angeles and Heritage Square and between Highland Park and Pasadena.

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Local officials rally for Congress to pass a transpo bill

The officials — including Metro CEO — held a news conference on Thursday. Unfortunately, as we posted earlier, it doesn’t appear that a divided Congress is set to pass a multi-year bill anytime soon.

Below is the press release from the Southern California Assn. of Governments (link is here):

Gas Tax Press Release

Republican proposal to reduce transit funding and deprive Metro of $191 million in funding is turned back in Congress

I haven’t posted much on efforts in Congress to write and/or pass a new multi-year transportation funding bill because very little — besides a lot of bickering and stalling — has happened in the past three months.

Here’s the latest update on a vote that didn’t move the ball forward, but prevented it from rolling backward — specifically, a vote against a Republican proposal to drastically cut transit funding that would have deprived Metro of $191 million.

Here’s the update from Metro’s government relations staff:

Vast Majority of Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation Votes Against Broun Motion to Instruct that Would Have Cut $191 Million in Federal Funding for Metro

Earlier today, a strong majority of the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation voted against a motion to instruct offered by Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) that sought to cut federal highway and transit funding by nearly 25% in Federal Fiscal Year 2013.

Adoption of the Broun motion to instruct conferees into law would have resulted in a cut of over $191 million for our agency during Federal Fiscal Year 2013. Specifically, the Broun motion to instruct sought to limit total “funding out of the Highway Trust Fund” in Fiscal Year 2013 to the amount that the Congressional Budget Office currently projects will be deposited in the Trust Fund under current law tax rates (plus interest on balances).

During the past week, our Government Relations staff and Federal advocates have been informing members of the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation of the severe negative impact the Broun motion to instruct conferees would have on our agency. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also opposed the Broun motion to instruct and authored a letter to all House members sharing that, “Cuts of this magnitude would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, would curb critical safety programs and would cause a substantial portion of transportation projects to be shelved.”

Of the 53 Members of Congress from California, five voted in support of the Broun motion to instruct which would have cut $191 million in federal transportation funding for our agency; U.S. Representatives John Campbell (R-48), Darrell Issa (R-49), Tom McClintock (R-4), Dana Rohrabacher (R-46) and Ed Royce (R-40).

Sobering and powerful rail safety PSA from New Jersey Transit


Our friends at New Jersey Transit have a safety campaign underway to address a long-standing problem in the Garden State and pretty much everywhere elsewhere in the United States — people walking on train tracks.

The two new videos — each just 30 seconds — do not mince words or images. It’s every bit as applicable to our light rail lines and commuter rail lines here in Southern California.


Go Metro Weekends, June 8-10

L.A. LIVE in the evening. Photo by Danny Thompson Jr. via Flickr Creative Commons

Treat yourself to dinner and a movie at L.A. LIVE this weekend. The package deal includes a great meal at one of six participating restaurants – Lawry’s Carvery, ESPNZone, Katsuya, L.A. Market, Wolfgang Puck and Trader Vic’s – and a movie ticket to a regularly scheduled film at Regal Cinemas 14. If you like super intense, dramatic slow-mo action as your after-dinner treat, Prometheus opens this Friday. Packages can be purchased in restaurant and prices range from $20 to $30 per person. Try to call your restaurant of choice in advance to secure reservations. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/11th.)

In the mood for some Shakespeare? The Downtown Repertory Theatre Company is putting on “The Tempest” at Pico House on Olvera Street. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations after the shows are welcome. It’s a good idea to reserve tickets in advance, however, as space is limited. Pico House is located across the street from Union Station which is served by Metro Red, Purple and Gold Lines. Use Trip Planner to find the easiest bus route.

For hilarity, music and a huge dose of weird, visit the Addams Family at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Friday’s showing starts at 8 p.m. and there are two showings on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $25 and are available for purchase online. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Bus 180 to Hollywood/Argyle.)

New Contributor – Jung Gatoona

Hello Source readers,

My name is Jung Gatoona. If you’ve been following this blog since its beginnings, you’ve probably seen my name a few times as I used to write about transit for a different blog, PlusMetro, which is no longer active.

Brief introduction: I’m currently an intern at Metro for its web team and I’ve been asked to write for The Source about the cycling community that’s continually growing in number and strength here in Los Angeles.

These are quite exciting times as people ditch vehicles — even hybrids — for an even greener alternative: the bicycle. It’s amazing to witness the positive commuting behavior changes in this city, as the number of bicycle and transit usage skyrockets in this once car-dominated city.

As a car-free cyclist myself, who vows never to own or drive a motorized vehicle for the rest of his life — and possibly even in the after-life — I’ll share with you my experiences, the adventurous tales, the challenges, and various other cycling related stories that will hopefully place you in the front row seat to L.A.’s exciting world of cycling. I’ll cover life-style topics that will range from how to best deal with aggressive drivers while on the bike, to uncovering various major underground cycling events that happen nightly throughout L.A. I’ll also share with you some helpful tips I’ve picked up from other fellow cyclists over the years on proper bike maintenance and lifestyle choices — tips that will be sure to keep both you and your bike happy.

So stay tuned readers, for the stories are pedaling your way soon.

- Jung