ART OF TRANSIT: A Metro light rail car gets a tuneup. From our Instagram feed.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told listeners on KNX yesterday that he will be meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday about his transportation plans, including a people mover at LAX. The mayor didn’t get into a lot of specifics about the plan, but Metro and Los Angeles World Airports have been studying the issue of the best way to connect Metro Rail to LAX with a people mover among the alternatives. Please see this recent post for more about the issue.
Whittier Council hires lobbyist for light rail extension (Whittier Daily News)
The Council in Whittier votes 5 to 0 to spend $90,000 on a lobbyist to push for Metro to build the Eastside Gold Line extension down Whittier Boulevard. Among the light rail alternatives under study for the project are two: a line to South El Monte along the 60 freeway or a line that would instead run down Whittier Boulevard. The draft environmental study for the project is in the works and is expected to be released in 2014.
Gold Line officials look to ballot measure to fund Azusa to Montclair project (San Bernardino Sun)
The CEO of the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, an independent agency planning and building the project, says that he thinks another Metro ballot measure is in the works that could fund phase 2B of the project from Azusa to Montclair. There has been some talk at the Metro Board level — but very preliminary. In June, the Board talked about strategies for accelerating projects, including the potential for a future ballot measure.
If there is one, here’s the big question: will it just fund existing Measure R projects as they are currently defined or would it be rejiggered in such a way to add or expand projects in order to gain political support? Several of the original Measure R projects are not fully funded and there are other projects in which just segments will be built — i.e. the reason that the Purple Line Extension doesn’t go west of the VA Hospital and the Crenshaw/LAX Line won’t go north of Exposition Boulevard, for example. Stay tuned.
A new study by UCLA and the Los Angeles Business Council finds a wide variety of transit-accessible neighborhoods could support mixed-use, mixed-income workforce housing. The first three on the list are along the Blue Line — no surprise, given the lack of TOD investment along Metro’s longest and most popular light rail route.
Bikes get permanent spot on BART trains (San Francisco Chronicle)
Sort of. After a trial period, “The two-wheelers will still be prohibited from the first train car at all times, the first three cars during the most crowded hours of the morning and evening commutes, and from cars that are already crowded,” reports the Chronicle. Bikes have been permitted on all Metro trains in L.A. County at all times since spring 2011.
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