@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, June 12 edition

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Transportation headlines, Tuesday, June 12

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.

Wilshire Boulevard moments after President Obama's motorcade passed and it was reopened to the public. Photo by Carter Rubin/Metro.


Kings parade and rally to be held Thursday in downtown L.A. (The Daily News)

In case you missed the news: The L.A. Kings are the 2012 Stanley Cup Champs. As per tradition, there will be a celebratory parade held on Thursday at 12 noon. The Kings have announced that the parade will travel from 5th Street and Figueroa down Figueroa to Staples Center. It’s safe to say some bus service will be impacted, so stay tuned for more info on that. If you’re planning to attend, Metro Rail and Metrolink are great options for avoiding traffic en route to downtown.

Price Points: L.A. transformation (Spacing Vancouver)

Former Vancouver city counselor Gordon Price shares with is readers the story of Measure R and what he anticipates it will mean for the region. Price calls it a chance for L.A. to become a “Post-Motordom” city, one where transit is a viable option for most Angelenos. Price also highlights where Measure R fits in the region’s rich history of supporting public infrastructure:

[As] political science professor and historian Steve Erie points out, this is in fact the norm for the people of the Southland.  From 1873, when they gave a huge whack of dough to the Southern Pacific Railway to get them into town, to the creation of a harbour at San Pedro, to the famous water and power projects associated with the name Mulholland (and dark conspiracies), to the airport and highways, “the foundational base of LA is public support for infrastructure .”

 

Want to increase cycling? Sharrows won’t cut it (Streetsblog.net)

Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt highlights frustrations in San Diego that the city has put too much emphasis on installing sharrows — those roadway markings that instruct drivers to share the lane — and not enough of on bike lanes, protected lanes and paths. Studies suggest that those latter interventions are what actually make potential riders feels safe enough to take to the street on two wheels.

Possible bus detours around Staples Center for tonight's hockey game

There is the possibility — key word ‘possibility’ — that there could be some bus detours in effect after 4 p.m. Monday afternoon in the area around Staples Center and L.A. Live due to Game 6 of the NHL Finals between the Kings and Devils. A big crowd is expected to attend the game and to watch the game at L.A. Live’s many eateries.

The bus lines that could be detoured are: 30, 33, 81, 439, 450, 460, 730, 733 & Silver Line (910); more details are here. Detour will depend on the amount of traffic and people in the area.

The best way to get the latest information is either to follow service alerts on Metro’s smartphone app or follow Metro’s service alert Twitter feed, with those tweets also available on Metro’s regular Twitter feed. Service alerts are also on the metro.net homepage on the right-hand side of the screen.

Metro riders can get free food and prizes at Langer's 65th anniversary celebration

Photo Credit: Langer's Deli/Scrise.com

Langer’s Deli, a local landmark of Los Angeles, is celebrating their 65th anniversary by giving away tons of free food and, exclusive to Metro riders, the chance to win a $100 Langer’s gift certificate.

Go Metro to Langer’s on Saturday, June 16, to get entered in the hourly drawings. Just find a seat inside the restaurant, and while you’re enjoying your free #19 hot pastrami sandwich, show your valid Metro Pass or Metro Rail ticket. Drawings start at 9 a.m. and continue every hour until 9 p.m. for 13 winners total.

Photo courtesy of Langer's Deli

Free #19s are also being offered on Friday, June 15. Again, all you have to do is show up and grab a seat to get served.

Make sure to get there early as the line is sure to go around the block! Langer’s Deli will be open on Friday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Langer’s Deli is conveniently located next to the Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, which is served by both the Red Line and Purple Line.

Transportation headlines, Monday, June 11

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.

Expo Line: making South L.A. more accessible (Intersections South LA)

Photos show the current state of the present four westernmost stations on the line, with the post indicating that change around the stations is likely. We’ll see. Some rail stations in L.A. County have seen quite a bit transit-oriented development while others have not. At this point, Crenshaw seems the best candidate, with some developments in the works as well as the future Crenshaw/LAX Line.

Environmental objections in the path of bullet train (L.A. Times)

The state bullet train project certainly demands scrutiny because of its size and expense, not to mention some of the promises made by officials. The article takes a look at some of the possible impacts of construction and ponders whether those impacts would result in a net gain or loss for the environment, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley. Excerpt:

The California bullet train is promoted as an important environmental investment for the future, but over the next decade the heavy construction project would potentially harm air quality, aquatic life and endangered species across the Central Valley.

Eleven endangered species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, would be affected, according to federal biologists. Massive emissions from diesel-powered heavy equipment could foul the already filthy air. Dozens of rivers, canals and wetlands fed from the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada would be crossed, creating other knotty issues.

Fair enough, if somewhat over the top when it comes to the fear-mongering. Many impacts, of course, can be mitigated. If you are interested in the issue of greenhouse gases and construction of public transit projects, I highly recommend reading this FTA study. The gist of it: even when greenhouse gases created by construction are factored in, public transit still usually results in less overall greenhouse gases being created than if nothing was done and everyone drove everywhere.

Can our smart phones get us to walk more? (The Atlantic Cities)

There’s data showing Americans tend to walk a lot less than those in other countries, but what to do about it? Some people suggest that smart phone apps that provide directions to places such as transit will help, while others (read: me) think that lazy people will be lazy people with or without a smartypants phone.

Take the Expo Line to Culver City for food, shopping and Tuesday farmers market!

A Google Map view of downtown Culver City.

Grab your trendy fabric shopping bag and leave those stilettos behind. It’s time to visit Culver City for great food — in restaurants, shops and at the Tuesday farmers’ market. Metro will soon take you there aboard Expo — the first passenger rail to the Westside in more than 50 years.

The Culver City Station will open to the public on June 20 and, as good luck would have it, that coincides with downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesday “Summer Solstice” Happy Hour, featuring special offers, entertainment, activities and free stuff from more than 25 participating businesses throughout the downtown area. (For details on this and other Third Wednesdays, which run monthly, visit downtownculvercity.com.)

There’s plenty of food at Third Wednesdays but, frankly, there’s plenty of food all over Culver City. Within a 5- to 15-minute stroll of the new Culver City station — with maybe an assist from a Metro bus down Venice Boulevard — Metro can carry you to delicious burgers, crunchy fried chicken, weird and wonderful ice cream, creative salads, hearty Cuban food and yeasty baked bread hot from the oven. And then there are those amazing imported cheeses that just might be worth the price and wait staff dressed as upstairs maids serving spicy milk tea. All of this is within a few blocks of the Culver City Station.

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Go Metro to Game 6 between L.A. Kings and New Jersey Devils

The scene at Game 4 of the ongoing series against the Devils. Photo: L.A. Kings Instagram feed.

There’s really no reason to even say those two words and jinx anything, so let’s just say “Go Metro to the L.A. Kings final home game of the season.” That is an absolutely true statement.

Because it’s the final home game until September – yes, the NHL does have an off-season — there will probably be large crowds at Staples Center and L.A. Live ready to celebrate what could be the Kings final win of the season.

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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