ZevWeb features odyssey of Metro's rail team

Supervisor Yaroslavsky's website features Metro's first all-female team of operators to compete in the APTA International Rail Rodeo. Image is a screen shot from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website: zev.lacounty.gov

Supervisor Yaroslavsky's website features Metro's first all-female team of operators to compete in the APTA International Rail Rodeo. Image is a screen shot from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website: zev.lacounty.gov

As seen in the latest edition of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s Weekly Web Flash: They were the first operators to board the new Expo Line for the testing runs. On opening day, Operator Carolyn Kelly was behind the controls in the cab of the inaugural train that broke through the banner at the Expo Park/USC Station. Operator Sheila Celestain was holding the banner, train right. A few days later, the top performers scored first and second at Metro’s Rail Rodeo, a local competition that showcases rail operating skills and also determines the team who will represent Metro at the International Rail Rodeo put on by the American Public Transportation Association. This weekend, the operator team, along with top-scoring maintenance technicians Charley Houck, Blue Line Fleet Services, and Jose Padilla and Alan Addie, both of Green Line Fleet Services, are in Dallas for the Internationals, taking on rail teams from across the nation and Canada. Go Metro!

Operator Carolyn Kelly is at the controls of the inaugural train at the opening of the Expo Line. Operator Sheila Celestain, at left, is holding the banner. Barely visible, holding banner at right, is the third original Expo Line operator, Narvolean Jackson.

Operator Carolyn Kelly is at the controls of the inaugural train at the opening of the Expo Line. Operator Sheila Celestain, at left, is holding the banner. Barely visible, holding banner at right, is the third original Expo Line operator, Narvolean Jackson.

 

Go Metro to Sunday Studios at MOCA

Check out MOCA’s annual super-sized indoor/outdoor event! Sunday Studio presents Big Family Day at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Sunday, June 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features gallery tours by expert kids, hands-on activities, entertainment, and more.

Show your valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket at the box office on the day of the event and receive one museum voucher for a second visit to MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on a different day.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is located at 152 North Central Avenue in Los Angeles.  Take the Metro Gold Line and exit Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

MOCA Grand Avenue is located at 250 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line and exit Pershing Square Station towards 4th Street and Hill Street.

For your best route, use the Trip Planner.

Transportation headlines, Friday, June 1

More bike lanes coming to a downtown L.A. street near you this summer. Photo by flickr user ubrayj02.

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.

The Bikeification of L.A.’s Civic Center Hits This June (Curbed L.A.)

Downtown L.A. got the first of many bike lanes, when the Spring Street green lane debuted earlier this year. The next batch of 2.6 miles of lanes is on its way this month. Expect to see lanes on Main Street between Ninth and Cesar Chavez, an east-west link on First Street connecting Grand to San Pedro Street, as well as lanes traveling up Los Angeles Street right to Union Station’s front door. H/T also to the BIKAS blog.

Second suit against Westside Subway Extension (Beverly Hills Patch)

The city of Beverly Hills on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Metro, alleging the project’s environmental study was inadequate. The Beverly Hills Unified School District filed a similar lawsuit on Wednesday.

Downtown L.A. park to open this summer (L.A. Times)

When you’re pedaling around downtown this summer, be sure to check out the newly revamped Civic Center park, which spreads over three city blocks between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and City Hall. Or, if biking isn’t your thing, you can take the Metro Red or Purple Lines to the Civic Center Station; it’ll drop you off right smack in the middle of the park.

Bill Rosendahl: Mobility is Westside L.A.’s priority one! (The Planning Report)

This interview with Westside City Councilman Bill Rosendahl touches on a number of interesting subjects including: why traffic is particularly bad on the Westside (in part, lots of jobs) and what Measure R can do to give people additional travel options to the Westside’s jobs, health care, education and entertainment options — not to mention LAX.

Making rural transit work (D.C. Streetsblog)

This is about a week old, but I missed it the first time around and it deserves a look. Writer Angie Schmitt delves into a report from transit advocacy group Reconnecting America on the lessons we can learn from rural communities that are successfully providing public transit — and thus, a basic level of access for those in rural communities who cannot or chose not to drive. After reviewing the success stories, Schmitt distills it to this: “What all the success stories have in common is coordination — between metropolitan planning organizations, area agencies serving the elderly, healthcare providers and other stakeholders. The other thing they share is an understanding of local travel patterns.”

Organizers Plan South L.A. Bike Ride June 17

Members of the Eastside Riders Bicycle Club at May 14 Bike Week L.A. event.

On Sunday, June 17, RideSouthLA is organizing its second official participatory mapping bicycle ride of South Los Angeles. The 10-mile ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Augustus Hawkins Nature Park and will head south along Metro’s Blue Line, finishing up at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee. The approximately four-hour tour will be led by the East Side Riders Bicycle Club.

RideSouthLA is a relatively recent partnership between the Annenberg School of Communication and Trust South LA, an urban land trust and community development organization. Born out of the award-winning mobile voices project, RideSouthLA seeks to become a new platform for interacting with government. Francois Bar, professor of Communication at Annenberg and one of the founders of the group, saw the need for a way to engage with citizens beyond community meetings. RideSouthLA instead invites people to take to their bicycles for what the group has termed “situated engagement.”

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Go Metro Weekends, June 1-3

Outdoor movies and summer nights go hand in hand! Photo from Street Food Cinema Facebook page

Head to Dance Downtown at the Music Center Plaza this Friday for the beauty, passion, drama and excitement of the Argentine Tango! Dance in the open air to live music. All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re looking to learn or hoping to impress a date on the dance floor. Several instructors will be on site to offer lessons. Dance Downtown is free to attend and lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, exit towards Temple St. and walk one block north. Metro Bus 55 or 60 to Hope/Temple.)

The Los Angeles Kings won Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals on a brilliant goal by center Anze Kopitar. Game Two against the New Jersey Devils is Saturday at 5 p.m. and the restaurants and bars at L.A. Live are offering a variety of specials and discounts for Kings fans watching the game — it’s in Newark — on the TV. The Kings website has the rundown. (Metro Blue or Expo Lines to Pico Station or many lines that stop near Figueroa and 11th, including the Silver Line, 28, 33, 81, 728 and 733 — here’s the downtown bus map.)

Kopitar buries the game winner past the Devils' floundering goalie on Wednesday night. Photo: Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

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Just installed! Chatsworth Station mosaic artwork

Even more artwork installations are happening on the Orange Line Extension, which is opening on June 30! A few photos of the 27-foot-long ellipse designed by Lisa Adams for the Chatsworth Station are below. More information about the artwork is available here.

See images from the installations at Sherman Way, Canoga and Nordhoff Stations.

Detail of twenty-seven foot long mosaic artwork installed at Chatsworth Station

Twenty-seven foot long mosaic artwork is installed at Chatsworth Station. Workers have just applied grout in between thousands of tiny hand-cut mosaic pieces.

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The art of transit

photo by Neil Kremer, via Flickr creative commons

Pretty amazing image shot last summer in downtown Los Angeles. The stand-out color and detail was produced by combining three images into one — i.e. the HDR method of photography. Click above to view a larger image, which is even more impressive. The exposures were taken with a Nikon D50 Great work, Neil!

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.