Metro officials say they will continue to help firms along Crenshaw Boulevard during rail construction

As we noted earlier this week, more intensive construction work began Monday on the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The work involves closing the east side of Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street and installing supports for the underground station that will serve the area.

The east side of Crenshaw in this area is lined with small businesses that rely in part on street access and street parking. The work, as expected, has its impacts — K-rails, fencing and mesh were installed between the street and the sidewalk. NBC-4 ran a segment earlier this week about the concerns of some business owners and their worries about how the work will affect their customers and their bottom line.

Over the last several weeks, Metro has been working closely with the businesses to respond to their concerns. The message Metro wants to convey: the community spoke, Metro listened and Metro reacted to help further mitigate the impacts of construction. In particular, Metro officials want to stress:

•Parking for those patronizing businesses on the east side of Crenshaw Boulevard continues to be available at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on the west side of Crenshaw. Metro and its contractor, Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors, have also been trying to lease a vacant parcel on the east side of Crenshaw. If a deal can be reached with the property owner and the city of Los Angeles approves, the lot would be paved, striped and lighting installed. It would provide about 10 spaces for businesses on the east side of Crenshaw.

•Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) has assigned a superintendent to work with Loves Furniture to ensure that deliveries can continue to be made to the store and that customers can pick up merchandise they have purchased.

•The contractor building the project will be replacing the green mesh on fences with a mesh that is 60 percent less dense and will allow for more light to shine through. The new mesh will be used on a trial basis; Metro and WSCC need to make sure that it helps control dust and debris from the construction site, in addition to other functions.

•In response to concerns about safety because of narrowed sidewalks, Metro has asked for a greater LAPD presence in the area, in addition to the contractor’s security patrols currently in place for the construction work area.

•Metro has had banners in place to advise the public that the existing businesses are open, that there is parking and to specifically mention the name of businesses. To improve on those efforts, Metro will be installing new banners along the work zone:

Expo Biz List SignWork will continue on the eastern side of Crenshaw Boulevard through summer and then work will shift to the western side of Crenshaw Boulevard. The goal is to complete the work that must be done at street level as quickly as possible so that decking can be installed on the street and work can continue on the station below the ground and largely out-of-sight for the majority of the remaining construction.

“This is a significant project for the Crenshaw community as it holds great promise for the community and its businesses,” said Charles Beauvoir, the Project Director of the Crenshaw/LAX Line for Metro. “We will continue to try to minimize our impact on the community and its businesses during the construction period and welcome the input of the community to ensure that we are continually improving on our delivery of this important project.”

 

Traffic rerouting on Crenshaw and Exposition Blvd for underground station construction May 30

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Here’s the press release from Metro:

Construction will begin on Friday, May 30, on the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards with a 15-hour full street closure to implement a new traffic configuration. This area will be the stage for the future underground Crenshaw/Expo Station.

Wash/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) will implement this traffic configuration between Jefferson Boulevard and Coliseum Street beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 30, through 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

WSCC will place on the westside of Crenshaw Boulevard K-rail (concrete barriers), between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place to separate the work area from the street traffic and restripe traffic lanes. Work is anticipated to last for 15 hours.

Southbound detour

Beginning Friday at 10 p.m. motorists traveling southbound on Crenshaw will be diverted to the left on Jefferson Boulevard, right at Arlington, right on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and left at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Northbound detour

For those motorists traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard, they will be diverted to the right at Martin Luther King Jr., left at Arlington, left at Jefferson and right at Crenshaw Boulevard.

This upcoming construction activity mirrors the new traffic configuration on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King and Stocker Street on May 3.This work is need it if for the excavation of the station boxes and will allow underground work while the flow of traffic continues above ground, reducing the effects of construction to motorists and pedestrians.

After the full street closure on Saturday traffic will resume with two lanes in each direction. The bus stop located on the southwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road will be relocated to the northwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard. Changes to bus routes or bus stops may occur due to construction activities however Metro will post English and Spanish signs at affected stops to advice of alternative boarding locations. Real time information is available at metro.net/service/advisories or 323.GO.METRO.

There will be limited access to business during the night time activity. However, pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access to emergency vehicles.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light-rail line that will run between the Expo and Green Lines. The $2.058 billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility, park & ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment.

Following the closure WSCC will begin these construction activities: utility relocation, pile installation, street decking and excavation.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project visit metro.net/crenshaw or by email to crenshawcorridor@metro.net, by phone at (213) 922.2736 or follow the project at facebook.com/crenshawrail or twitter.com/crenshawrail.

LADWP to implement 24-hour lane closure on southbound Crenshaw Boulevard this weekend

Here’s the announcement from the Crenshaw/LAX Line project team:

In order to continue advanced utility relocation for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will implement a 24-hour southbound lane closure on Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Road to relocate an existing water line.  

The work is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, and continue to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. 

•There will be only one southbound lane open on Crenshaw Boulevard starting at 10 p.m. Saturday night for a 24-hour period.

•Crenshaw Boulevard is scheduled to reopen by 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. 

•Northbound Crenshaw Boulevard will not be impacted by the water line relocation.

•Emergency access will be maintained throughout this operation.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light rail line that will run between the Expo Line and Green Line. The $2.058 billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility and park and ride lots.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project visit metro.net/crenshaw or by emailing crenshawcorridor@metro.net, by phone at (213) 922.2736 or on social media at facebook.com/crenshawrail or twitter.com/crenshawrail.

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Reminder: Crenshaw Boulevard closures begin tonight for construction of light rail line — here’s the detour map

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This it, folks: Major construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line begins tonight. That means there will be street closures along Crenshaw Boulevard, as shown in the above map, in order to accommodate the work.

Please see this earlier Source post for more information about upcoming construction activities and bus stop relocations along Crenshaw Boulevard.

Below is a nice piece on construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line done by the Los Angeles County Channel. There are some nice visuals for those who aren’t familiar with the Crenshaw Corridor.

Click here to visit the project website and here is the transcript from the web chat hosted by Metro on reddit earlier this week.

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is one of three Metro Rail projects currently under construction, joining the second phase of the Expo Line and the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Regional Connector is ramping up toward major construction and the Metro Board is expected to select a contractor to build the Purple Line Extension project this summer. All five projects are funded in part by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008. In addition, Metro has begun receiving the first of 550 new state-of-the-art buses and is spending $1.2 billion to overhaul the Metro Blue Line, including the purchase of new light rail vehicles.

Major construction of Crenshaw/LAX Line to begin Friday; here is what you need to know

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Here is the news release from Metro:

Major construction will begin Friday, May 2 on Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project starting with work on the underground stations on Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards with a full street closure to implement a new traffic configuration.

Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) will implement the new traffic configuration between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 2, through 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

WSCC will place Crenshaw Boulevard k-rail (concrete barriers) on the eastside to separate the work area from the street traffic and re-stripe traffic lanes. Work is anticipated to last for 15 hours and will be done in two phases.

Phase 1

Southbound detour

Phase one will be from 10 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday, diverting traffic between Jefferson Boulevard to Vernon Avenue. Motorists traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard will be detoured left on Jefferson, right at Arlington, right at Vernon and left and back on to Crenshaw.

Phase 2

Northbound detour

Phase two will begin at 2 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. diverting traffic between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street. Motorists traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard will be detoured left on Stocker Street, right on Santa Rosalia Drive, right on Marlton Avenue, left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and left on to Crenshaw Boulevard.

After the full street closure on Saturday, traffic will resume with two lanes in each direction. The bus stop located on the eastside of Crenshaw Boulevard will be temporarily relocated to the southeast corner of the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street.

There will be limited access to businesses during the night time activity, however, pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access to emergency vehicles.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light-rail line that will connect the Expo and Green Lines. The $2.058 billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility, park-ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment.

Following the closure WSCC will begin these construction activities: utility relocation, pile installation, street decking and excavation.

Construction of the underground stations is anticipated to last four years. However, the construction work will be done underground. Traffic lanes will be reconfigured but traffic will be maintained during the four years of construction.

 

And here is the project fact sheet:

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Here is information about changes to bus stops that begin to go into effect this month:

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And here is information about the live online chat about the project that is tonight at 6 p.m. on reddit:

Metro Sponsors Live Chat at reddit.com to Discuss Crenshaw/LAX Line Project Construction, Upcoming Traffic Impacts

Metro is inviting the community, residents, business owners and motorists to learn about upcoming construction activities such as implementing a new traffic configuration around the future Crenshaw/Expo and Crenshaw/MLK stations starting in May during an internet chat scheduled on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at http://www.reddit.com/r/MetroLosAngeles/

Hosting the live chat will be project director Charles Beauvoir, who will provide detailed information on the first full street closures and options for pedestrians, motorists, business owners and general public.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is a $2.058 billion light rail that will connect Metro’s Expo and Green Lines with eight new stations.

The full street closure is needed to implement traffic rerouting for the upcoming construction activities such as utility relocation, pile installation, decking and excavation.

Crenshaw Boulevard will be closed between Martin Luther King Jr. and Stocker Street from 10 p.m. on Friday, May 2, through 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, as work begins on the Crenshaw/MLK underground station.

On Friday, May 16, the second full street closure has been scheduled on Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place.

When the Crenshaw/LAX line opens to the public in 2019 passengers and customers will be able to travel to work, medical care, entertainment, shopping, school and other activities all over the entire Los Angeles region. It also will help revitalize the local and regional economy.

For more information on this project visit metro.net/crenshaw. To post live questions during the chat or e-mail advance questions, go to CrenshawCorridor@metro.net.

Those who don’t have computer access but wish to send their questions in advance should contact the project hot line at (213) 922-2736 and leave a message or if they want to participate during the live chat from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., call (213) 922-4601.

 

And, finally, here is information about an upcoming open house on May 14 about business opportunities on the Crenshaw/LAX Line project.

 

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Transportation headlines, Thursday, April 3

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South L.A. needs trees (L.A. Times) 

The editorial despairs the loss of about 135 trees along Crenshaw Boulevard to accommodate construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line but also says the train is an important project. A city of Los Angeles streetscape plan to follow construction is vital, says the editorial.

Westside subway survives legal challenge from Beverly Hills (L.A. Times) 

Coverage of yesterday’s Superior Court ruling in favor of Metro in a pair of state lawsuits brought by the city of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District against the Purple Line Extension. Reporter Laura Nelson this morning tweeted an update: the Beverly Hills City Attorney said a decision whether to appeal is still to come. Here’s our post with the ruling, links to the complaints and background on the issue.

UPDATE: LAT reporter Laura Nelson on Boston radio and on KPCC. And CurbedLA on the news.

Beverly Hills City Council approves two permits for Metro (Beverly Hills Weekly)

Outside of court, life goes on and the City Council on Tuesday approved two permits for Metro to conduct utility relocation work near the future Wilshire/La Cienega station. The city and Metro continue to work on a master agreement that will govern when and how construction is done in the city, according to the Weekly.

Watch the Wilshire bus lane stretching westward to Highland (Curbed LA)

And, speaking of Wilshire Boulevard, city of Los Angeles workers are making progress on the construction of the peak hour bus lane that will operate on parts of Wilshire between the Santa Monica-Los Angeles border and just west of downtown. Rebuilt lanes should hopefully make for a smoother ride for the 20 and 720 buses instead of the sometimes kidney-rattling journey of present.

Metrolink, Metro propose more express trains for busy San Bernardino County line (San Gabriel Valley Tribune) 

Studies are underway to add more express trains — although it would require double-tracking some parts of the alignment. The project is still unfunded. There is currently one express train in each direction between San Bernardino and L.A. with a 65-minute run time compared to the usual one hour, 50 minute run time. The downtowns of the two cities are about 60 miles apart, btw.

Is effective transit possible in a transit-hostile city (Transport Politic)

The city is Nashville, where a big and nasty dispute has erupted over a 7.1-mile bus rapid transit project. Among the fears: the loss of regular traffic lanes. No word yet on where Reyna James, ex-hubby Mayor Teddy and Juliet Barnes stand on the matter.

Trees to be removed for Crenshaw/LAX Line along Crenshaw Boulevard

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We posted last week about plans to remove about 135 trees along Wilshire Boulevard to accommodate the first phase of the Purple Line Extension. This week we are posting about similar tree removal plans for the Crensaw/LAX Line, a subject tackled in a story published Monday in the L.A. Times.

The above flier provides a good overview of the work. The highlights:

•The removals will be done in three stages, as shown in the map in the above flier.

Phase 1 from Exposition Boulevard to 48th Street: 98 trees are being removed. Of those, the arborist has identified 11 trees that may potentially be relocatedThe final decision on the number of trees to be relocated will to made by the city of Los Angeles. Two trees will be planted for each tree that is being removed.

Phase 2 from 48th to 67th streets: the arborist report for this area is still in draft phase but it is estimated that 53 trees will be removed with two trees planted for each that is removed. The actual number of trees to be removed may vary.

Phase 3: the arborist report is still under development and the number of trees to be removed is still to be determined.

•The plan is to keep the present trees as long as possible until construction is imminent. The plan calls for planting two trees for every non-native tree that is removed.

•Perhaps the most controversial of the tree removals is in Park Mesa Heights, where mature Canary Island Pines are in the median of Crenshaw Boulevard. These are trees, as their name implies, are native to the Canary Islands located off the northwest coast of Africa and are known for being drought-tolerant.

The median and the trees will eventually being removed to accommodate the train tracks that will run down the middle of the street.

Here are a couple of views:

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This is the view looking south on Crenshaw Boulevard between 51st and 52nd Streets. Photo: Google Maps.

The Endeavour moving north through Park Mesa Heights in 2012. The light rail line will run along the median at right, where the trees are located. Photo by Steve Hymon.

A view of the trees looking north on Crenshaw Boulevard from 54th Street. The train will run down the middle of the street and north and south traffic and parking lanes will be on either side of the tracks. Photo by Steve Hymon.

The Canary Pines were considered for relocation, but it was determined they didn’t have a good chance of surviving for a variety of reasons including their extensive root systems, previous damage from vehicles on Crenshaw Boulevard and from signs being posted to them in the past.

•The size of the replacement trees will vary depending on the species. The trees will initially be raised in nurseries and some may be nine- to 10-feet tall when first planted along the Crenshaw/LAX Line alignment.

•Plans still need to be finalized for the palm trees along the rail right-of-way on the north side of Florence Avenue. The project’s environmental studies indicated that most would remain and Metro is required to preserve 90 percent of the palms in the right-of-way in the city of Inglewood.

•The city of Los Angeles Planning Department is in the midst of developing a streetscape plan for the Crenshaw Boulevard area that is being funded with a grant from Metro. The agency has commented on the plan — but it’s important to recognize the plan is not part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line project.

•On a similar note, some trees in the project area were previously removed for the move of the Endeavour from LAX to the California Science Center. The museum has a plan to replace those trees. That plan is separate from the Crenshaw/LAX Line project.

Transportation headlines, Tuesday, March 4

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Blue Line train strikes vehicle–at least 12 injured (L.A. Times)

Initial reports are that a mini-van ran a red light and was struck by a Blue Line train on Washington Boulevard and Maple Street in downtown Los Angeles. Metro officials said that 10 people aboard the train were injured — none life-threatening and mostly described as cuts. The Los Angeles Fire Department said that 12 people overall were hurt. The train runs down the middle of Washington Boulevard and train and car traffic are both controlled by traffic signals. Therefore, there are no crossing gates.

Earlez Grill relocates to make way for Crenshaw/LAX Line (Intersections South LA)

The popular restaurant that used to be a stone’s throw from the Expo Line’s Crenshaw station has to move south. The new address will be 3864 Crenshaw Boulevard, about a half-mile south of the Crenhaw & Exposition intersection and an easy walk.

Los Angeles redoubles its efforts to win 2024 Olympics (Daily News)

The big question among the experts: what the International Olympic Committee will ultimately want from a host city: an effort starting from scratch requiring billions of dollars in investment or a more modest effort using existing buildings and infrastructure? The latter would seemingly favor a bid from the Los Angeles area. As I’ve written before, one thing our area can boast to the IOC (if it comes to that): in 1984 there were ZERO miles of rail serving the area. By 2024, there will be 117 miles of light rail and subways (and possibly more if projects are accelerated by America Fast Forward, etc.) and another 512 miles of commuter rail provided by Metrolink.

How Buenos Aires unclogged its most famous street (The Atlantic Cities) 

The answer: Avenida 9 de Julio saw three lanes of car traffic converted to bus rapid transit lanes in the middle of the street — even with a subway that runs below. A lot of opposition surfaced before the change and apparently melted away after the world didn’t end.

Cities move to help those threatened by gentrification (New York Times)

With cities enjoying a renaisance in some parts of the U.S. and property values rising thanks to new market-priced development, cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and Boston (to name a few) are changing laws to freeze or lower property taxes of long-time residents who stuck out the hard times. The property tax issue is not really an issue in California thanks to Prop 13 which greatly limits the amount that property taxes can be raised year-over-year. That said, there isn’t much in place to regulate the actual price of housing, the reason that affordable housing advocates fret (rightfully, in my view) that some parts of California cities will become off-limits to anyone but the wealthy.

Iron Maiden singer planning on circumventing the globe twice in world’s largest airship (Salon) 

Looks like a nice way to travel. Hopefully passengers don’t have to listen to Iron Maiden, a band who reminds me of a broken jackhammer.

Photos from the California drought (PolicyMic)

A little off-topic, but pretty amazing photos of two depleted reservoirs, Oroville and Folsom.

Transportation headlines, Wednesday, January 22

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This is a long one today, folks — lots of news since last week to catch up on. And away we go…

Metro breaks ground on $2-billion Crenshaw/LAX Line (L.A. Times and Daily Breeze

Crenshaw evolving: a look at Santa Barbara Plaza (Another Perfect Day) 

The news stories in the Times and the Breeze focus on yesterday’s groundbreaking event and both also note there were some protestors there — some arguing against the train running at street level through Park Mesa Heights, others saying the job should generate more local construction jobs.

Also rightly getting a mention is the ‘LAX’ part of the project’s name. Both articles note that a separate project is working to figure out how to connect the Crenshaw/LAX Line to the airport. The Breeze article states that Metro officials are reluctant to build rail tunnels directly under the central terminal area and that’s correct — however, it should also be known that Los Angeles World Airports owns the land and officials have made it clear they don’t want rail tunnels under the terminal area due to the complexity of the work involved.

The Another Perfect Day blog post looks at redevelopment in the area along Crenshaw Boulevard and ponders whether the new rail line could help spark things. I liked this excerpt:

Back in 2008, I started working in the community and people who would see me with a camera knew that I was part of some type of redevelopment effort. Many conversations were had, but the universal message I got was that people were seeking the same kind of amenities that any community would want. Most of us take for granted the pleasant little communes we call shopping malls, but many would travel to such places as Fox Hills, Westside Pavilion or the South Bay Galleria to have an experience that was safer and more upscale.

Ultimately, they wanted to all this in their own backyard and who can blame them? We’re all Angelinos who hate traffic.

 

There was a lot of talk at yesterday’s event about the new rail line bringing economic development to the Crenshaw Corridor. That, of course, would be great and I personally believe the Crenshaw/LAX Line could help.

But…I also think rail lines alone don’t revive local economies. As we’ve discussed here before, you can certainly look at the Metro Rail map and find places such as NoHo, Hollywood, K-Town and DTLA (to name a few) that have seen a revival since the arrival of Metro Rail. You can also find many places near rail stations that haven’t changed much (much of the Blue Line corridor, for example).

So what does it take to revive a community? Mobility is certainly one factor, but other things that come into play are public safety, schools, a diverse stock of real estate and the willingness these days of businesses — including the national chains — to invest in neighborhoods they’ve overlooked or plain ignored.

As for the Crenshaw/LAX Line part of the equation, I disagree that the street level portion will be bad for Park Mesa Heights — in fact, I think having the train visible to the neighborhood and vice versa are a good thing. I also think it’s important to note that the current project isn’t happening in a silo. As noted, the Airport Metro Connector is working on the LAX part of the equation.

The South Bay Green Line Extension (a project partially funded by Measure R) will push the Green Line deeper into the South Bay, allowing trains to run from the South Bay to the Expo Line via the new Crenshaw/LAX tracks. An extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line remains in Metro’s long-range plan, albeit in the unfunded section. That would presumably push the tracks to the north toward the Purple Line subway. It may seem a long way off, but building that kind of transit network would benefit everyone, Crenshaw Corridor included.

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin: airlines may not want it but LAX must be connected to rail (L.A. Airspace)

The story is in reaction to LAX chief Gina Marie Lindsey telling the airport’s board last week that airlines aren’t interested in a people mover or rail going to the airport because they don’t want to pay for it and it doesn’t really benefit them. She also opined that perhaps it’s best to keep costs low for a people mover or “Intermodal Transportation Facility” that would serve as a junction between light rail and a people mover.

Bonin represents the Westside and the airport on the L.A. City Council and he repeats what he has said before: to paraphrase, he doesn’t give a hoot what the airlines say:

“It’s hardly a revelation that the airlines have little interest in growing transportation,” Bonin said. “All they care about is that you are at the airport. They don’t care if it took you three or four hours to get there. Our commitment as owners and operators of the airport requires us to be competitive for the customer experience. Traditionally, it’s an area where LAX has fallen down.”

Bonin and Mayor Eric Garcetti have said that connecting transit to the airport is among their top transit priorities. I think both this new article and the one last week require some reading between the lines and my reading tells me that when it comes to the airport and City Hall, it may be worth remembering who exactly works for who. :)

Metro seeks to raise fares and allow free transfers on bus, rail (L.A. Times) 

News coverage by Laura Nelson of the fare proposals released by Metro late Friday. Excerpt:

“We looked at our whole fare structure and said, is this really fair to our riders?” Metro spokesman Marc Littman told The Times. “We actually penalize our passengers for trying to use the system more efficiently.”

More than half of passengers make a transfer during their trips, Metro surveys indicate. Charging full fare at each transfer discourages passengers from using more than one bus or train, Littman said.

Riders who buy daily, weekly and monthly passes will see the biggest increase in price because most of them use the system most heavily, Littman said. The monthly unlimited pass, now $75, would be eliminated in 2018 and merged with a pass that allows unlimited rides on all Los Angeles County bus systems. The price would eventually rise to either $135 or $180.

Some of the comments are interesting and let’s just say they’re not all rave reviews of the proposals.

Here’s our Source post about the proposals, including the Metro staff report and charts showing the two options being proposed. On Thursday, the Metro Board of Directors are scheduled to consider whether to set a public hearing on the proposal on March 29.

LADOT announces Priority 2 list of planned bikeways (LADOT Bike Blog) 

The list includes the two dozen or so bike lane projects that the city of Los Angeles is pursuing in the next year. The mileage for most is on the small side but hopefully will help create more of a bike lane network than what currently exists.

Making Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard into a haven for pedestrians (L.A. Times) 

The city is pondering removing one lane in each direction and converting part of the street from parallel to diagonal parking in the Theater District (i.e. the area around the Vromans bookstore and the Laemmle theater). This would allow for wider sidewalks and parklets.

Traffic doesn’t exactly flow smoothly through the area now thanks to many cross streets and poor timing of traffic signals (my opinion, not the city’s — I live in Pasadena). So perhaps this makes it a better spot. Or perhaps this plan serves to completely constipate traffic on the main thoroughfare through town.

If the plan gets more development on Colorado, then I’m for it — although it will likely push traffic onto other nearby east-west streets, which will need better signal synchronization to handle it. I’ve been watching South Lake Avenue suffer a slow death for years now and I’d like to see the commercial corridors in town remain viable. And by viable I don’t mean 18 different types of banks, yogurt places and/or Subway sandwich shops.

Video of this morning’s groundbreaking event for the Crenshaw/LAX Line

And here is video of this morning’s groundbreaking for the Crenshaw/LAX Line.

There are nice comments about mobility — and the need for more of it — from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Metro would like to extend a special thank you to Secretary Foxx and Senator Boxer for making the trip to Los Angeles on Tuesday and for their help — and they were both personally involved — in getting this project off the ground.

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