Photo by Anna Chen/Metro
Temple City held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancement and Beautification Project. The project will redesign the two-mile stretch of Rosemead Blvd. from Callita Street to the south side of the UPRR railroad tracks and transform one of Temple City’s main commercial corridors into a complete street. Project features include:
- new ADA-accessible sidewalks
- San Gabriel Valley’s first protected bike lanes
- recycled asphalt concrete pavement
- added green life, including 500 trees and 60,000 plants
- outdoor dining opportunities
Metro contributed approximately $2.25 million to the project through the 2011 Call for Projects program.
“This project will provide Temple City with much needed sidewalks, bus stops, shelters and bike lanes,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich. “It will create a safer environment for people to walk and explore alternative modes of transportation.”
Editor’s note from Steve Hymon: Bike riding is exponentially more pleasant along Rosemead in the section already upgraded north of Huntington. It’s nice to see the project keep expanding.
Local officials break ground on the new McBean Parkway Transit Center expansion today in Santa Clarita. Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro.
The McBean Regional Transfer Station will soon be expanding with a new McBean Park-and-Ride. The project will include 282 new parking spaces that are much needed as other park and ride lots in the Santa Clarita area and at nearby Metrolink stations are at full capacity.
“With $2.97 million MTA Call for Projects funding, the new McBean Park and Ride will be another vital link in our county-wide transportation system,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Chairman of the Metro Board. “Santa Clarita Valley commuters will be able to carpool or vanpool from here, as well as connect with local Santa Clarita transit buses, Metrolink and express buses into the Los Angeles region.”
Currently, the McBean Regional Transit Center connects Santa Clarita’s local and express buses to major destinations throughout Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley, Westwood, Century City, Union Station, and downtown Los Angeles. The new park and ride will also add two more passenger loading areas for express bus boarding, along with lighting and bike lockers.
Metro provided 50 percent of the McBean Park-and-Ride project cost, programming $2.97 million through the 2007 Call for Projects.
Metro CEO Art Leahy talking at the groundbreaking today. Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro.