Passenger Survey - Tell Us What You Think
Metro recently launched an online survey to gather input from bus and train riders about Metro service. The survey aims to gather information on how riders are currently using the system and where and how Metro can better meet their needs.
Metro operates the country’s second largest bus system and a growing rail network. The survey is a chance to help the agency with the continuous improvement of its operations and to respond to customer concerns and recommendations. Need another reason to take the survey? One winner will be selected from each drawing period to receive a check in the amount of $250. The survey runs through March 31st.
Share your thoughts and help Metro improve its service by taking the online survey today.
This legislative alert just came through from Metro CEO Art Leahy’s office:
House Ways and Means Committee Mark-Up Slated For Tomorrow On Transportation Authorization Bill – Transit Funding Faces Serious Threat
Tomorrow, the House Ways and Means Committee is slated to mark-up the tax title of the surface transportation bill issued earlier this week by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The text of the bill emerging from Ways and Means Committee makes significant changes regarding the flow of federal Highway Trust Fund dollars into the Mass Transit Account. Specifically, the bill being advanced by Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) would end the use of gas tax revenues for public transportation. In the place of Highway Trust Fund transfers to the Mass Transit Account, the bill proposes to create a new “Alternative Transportation Account”. As of this moment, no dedicated funding stream for the new “Alternative Transportation Account” has been identified. Our agency, along with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), strongly opposes the proposal to end the practice of using motor fuel tax revenues to fund public transportation projects. The change proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee represents a clear threat to the robust federal transit funding supported by our agency and transportation agencies across the nation. According to APTA, the “Reallocation of funds would eliminate a dependable and predictable source of funding for much needed investment in the nation’s transportation infrastructure.” We will be communicating our concerns to all members of the House Ways and Means Committee, including Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is a senior member of the committee.
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.
House to link energy and transportation bills (Wall Street Journal)
Energy may be shaping up as a potent issue in this year’s election. The Wall Street Journal reports that a House committee Wednesday passed three measures to boost domestic energy output and that Republicans are preparing to attach them to the $260 billion transportation package. The bills will face opposition in the Democratic majority Senate but could form the basis of negotiations as Republicans seek support for their energy agenda in exchange for their support of the transportation bill. Interesting that the transportation bill, which can help the environment, may be paired with oil exploration, which may not. Sophie’s choice?
How the House transportation bill is really bad for California (Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog)
And speaking of the House transportation bill, the Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog summarizes its opinion, particularly where California is concerned, “Hey, what’s there not to hate?” Among the complaints, as also mentioned in yesterday’s Headlines: It opens up sections of the California coast to offshore drilling with reduced environmental review. It eliminates bicycle and pedestrian funding, including Safe Routes to School programs and dedicated bicycle and pedestrian program coordinators at Caltrans. Nor is there any mention of High Speed Rail. The piece concludes by pointing out that California is a national environmental leader and that a transportation bill that works against so much of what our state stands for deserves serious attention, particularly in California.
Traffic solution: Make drivers less lonely (Miller-McCune)
Rather than moaning about too many cars on the road, the Ridesharing Institute says the real key to battling traffic congestion and pollution is filling empty passenger seats. Makes sense but the real question is: “How?” One thought, particularly useful for all of you who suffer long commutes: Metro’s Vanpool Program offers a monthly lease subsidy for vanpools of 7-15 passengers commuting to a Los Angeles County worksite. Check it out.
While the opening of Expo Line is still a little ways off, it’s never too early to start planning destinations. With that in mind, let’s take the first of several looks what’s available at the terminus of Phase I: Culver City.
Tired of lofty, serious art museums? Then check out WWA gallery, located in the Culver City Art District just a 5 to 8-minute walk from (the hopefully soon-to-be-complete) Culver City Station. The cozy gallery is larger than it appears from the outside and holds a surprising amount of paintings. Shows focus on illustrative art by a variety of artists, and pieces range from ordinary to charming to fantastically grotesque. The gallery, which is also the sister gallery of the Wonderful World of Animation, is a bright, fun space to wander around. Shows change about once a month, so be sure to check WWA gallery’s website to get the latest news.
A meal at Tender Greens
Surrounding this hidden gem of art are plenty of places for you to fuel up. Right next door to WWA gallery is Tender Greens, a place that dishes up healthy salads and sandwiches. Ugo, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, sits on the other side. Just a few more steps away is Ford’s Filling Station, which is owned by the son of actor Harrison Ford.
If you prefer to combine your art and food all in one room, head south on Washington Boulevard and hit up Royal/T instead. This café/art gallery/event space contains a Japanese-style cosplay maid café serving adorable and tasty tea assortments and often hosts special events and parties. Eclectic, contemporary art decorates the interior, and you can find all sorts of cute, weird and random in their shop.
photo by racoles, via Flickr creative commons
Good high contrast image of one of the New York subway’s 42nd Street stations.
To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.
Heads up! At about 9 a.m. today — Thursday, 2/2 — there’s going to be an emergency drill at the Metro Expo Line La Cienega/Jefferson Station, as well as at a nearby parking structure on the southeast corner of La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards. The drill will simulate a fire inside a train car and a law enforcement incident in a nearby parking structure. The drill is one of several that have to be conducted in preparation for the opening of Expo.
Metro conducts emergency drills on new and existing rail lines throughout the year in an effort to better coordinate response times and communications with Metro Rail staff and emergency responders.
Here’s the update from the High Desert Corridor project team:
Metro is hosting the last of four public meetings on the High Desert Corridor tonight at the Stater Bros. Mavericks Stadium in Adelanto. Due to technical difficulties, last night’s meeting in Victorville was not available online. Attached is the PowerPoint Presentation for your review.
We understand that this may have been an inconvenience to you, and we are providing another opportunity tonight to participate online. Please join us using the following link:
High Desert Corridor on uStream
The meeting details are as follows:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6-8pm
Live stream begins at 6:30pm
Stater Brothers Stadium,
Mavericks Conference Room
12000 Stadium Way
Adelanto, CA 92301
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to hear from you during tonight’s live chat or feel free to email your comments to email@example.com.
Check back here at 6:30pm to view the meeting online, video embedded below: