No, we’re not relying on Gawker for our transpo news. This post sums up at Wall Street Journal article behind a paywall. The gist of it: with the amount of driving down across many parts of the country, private firms that invested in toll roads are having a hard time getting a return on their investment.
Photo of the overturned big rig on the 210 freeway earlier this morning. Photo: Metro
UPDATE: Metro and Caltrans teams are working to clear the truck accident debris from the tracks. Bus shuttles will continue to replace train service between Allen and Sierra Madre Villa Station until early afternoon.
Due to an overturned big rig truck on the eastbound 210 freeway causing obstructions on Metro Gold Line tracks, service between Allen and Sierra Madre Villa Stations has been replaced by bus shuttles. Expect delays up to 20 minutes between the two stations. Follow announcements at the stations.
Foothill Transit Bus 187 will honor fares for Metro customers at both stations. For alternate transit routes through the affected area or to your final destination, use Trip Planner.
Metro advises all customers to be especially careful due to the rainy weather. Please do not run to catch your bus or train.
We may miss out on the whole picturesque, snow-capped December thing here in the Los Angeles-area — which is perhaps why many of us (including yours truly) are nutty about holiday lights.
In the spirit of all things festive and electric, here is a list of Metro-adjacent holiday light celebrations. From lamp-lit Victorian houses and a luminous boat parade, to Christmas trees and menorahs too big to fit through your front door, Go Metro to dazzle your eyeballs and get in the holiday mood—sans traffic, and of course, sans snow.
Bonus: many of the events below include performances, live music, ice sculpting, fireworks, seasonal nosh, and more, so be sure to click the links for details!
Bus shuttles will replace Metro Expo Line service between La Cienega/Jefferson Station and Culver City Station on Saturday, Nov. 23 in order for Metro to perform planned track maintenance.
Train service will only run between 7th St/Metro Center and La Cienega/Jefferson from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus shuttles will be implemented between the La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City stations during this time to help customers reach their destinations. Announcements will be made at the stations.
The issue of fare restructuring — and problems with Metro’s current fare structure — were discussed today by the Metro Board of Directors’ Finance, Budget & Audit Committee. Metro staff are currently finalizing fare restructuring options that will likely be released to the public in early 2014.
Among options likely to be looked at are offering unlimited rides on a single fare for a certain time period (for example, an hour or 90 minutes), different fares for peak and off-peak hours and a simplified zone structure and/or offering flat fares for zoned buses.
Since the passage in May of the 2013-14 budget, Metro CEO Art Leahy has been telling the public and Board members alike that staff would be proposing a fare restructuring as part of next year’s budget. The big issue: Metro is seeking to avoid a budget deficit beginning in fiscal year 2017.
On Wednesday, Leahy also outlined other reasons why fare restructuring is important. In particular, Leahy said that the bus and rail route structure was designed to encourage transfers to help people reach a myriad of destinations around Los Angeles County. The average rider, in fact, has to transfer at least once to reach their destination.
On the other hand, Leahy said, the agency has a fare structure that discourages transferring by charging the full fare per transfer. As a result, riders take longer routes to avoid transfers — and that, in turn, doesn’t promote efficient use of the system, driving up operating costs and requiring riders to spend more time on transit than they should.
Solve the daily riddle, which will involve a location accessible by Metro
Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave
Submissions showing the correct location and tags will be entered to win the daily prize! The contest will close at 6 p.m. each business day; submissions posted after 6 p.m. will not be included.
The daily winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Metro’s Instagram the following day. Prizes include theatre tickets, restaurant gift cards and more! Click here for the official contest rules, terms and conditions.