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Old Posted Jul 23, 2010, 5:23 AM
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Instead, have the Purple Line extended from the 7th st Metro Station to Whittier via Whittier Blvd.
The map is suppose to show what is existing, under construction, or planned and funded, and the routing options on the table. Right now, there is no Purple/Red Line Extension to any point to the east. Further, your proposal is not constructable.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2010, 5:56 PM
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I also don't think that map shows the "West Santa Ana Branch ROW" project through Vernon, Huntington Park, Artesia to the OC County line.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2010, 10:50 PM
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The map is suppose to show what is existinged, under construction, or planned and funded, and the routing option on the table. Right now, there is no Purple/Red Line Extension to any point to the east. Further, your proposal is not constructable.
Firstly, it's not my proposal. It's Damien Goodmon's. Secondly, I can read maps. I'm practically addicted to them. Thirdly, what do you mean by "not constructable"? Are you speaking of the 1000' radius curve between the 7th St Metro station and Pershing Square station?

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Old Posted Jul 25, 2010, 12:19 AM
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Firstly, it's not my proposal. It's Damien Goodmon's. Secondly, I can read maps. I'm practically addicted to them. Thirdly, what do you mean by "not constructable"? Are you speaking of the 1000' radius curve between the 7th St Metro station and Pershing Square station?
I didn't think it 'was' a proposal. I thought it was representative of what IS currently planned and funded.

For something to be "constructable" it needs to be practical through all phases of development. Constructing a junction in an existing part of a subway line would disrupt services and ridership for extended periods of time. If there were no ridership... then that might be constructable... provided that enough room were available.

You're welcome to your definition of what is constructable... this is mine.
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Temecula/Murrieta residents

Does anyone in this group live in or near Temecula or Murrieta and want to see improvements in bus service?
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Old Posted Jul 27, 2010, 3:04 AM
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Does anyone in this group live in or near Temecula or Murrieta and want to see improvements in bus service?
I live in Upland (near Ontario) and have always wanted a direct IE-SD rapid bus or passenger rail service. It might be viable, considering there are plenty of people who live in Riverside or San Diego and who commute to the other city daily. Such service could travel along a route from Ontario to San Diego via Riverside, Temecula/Murrieta, and Escondido. But I'd imagine it'd be years off.
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Old Posted Jul 27, 2010, 3:21 AM
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I live in Upland (near Ontario) and have always wanted a direct IE-SD rapid bus or passenger rail service. It might be viable, considering there are plenty of people who live in Riverside or San Diego and who commute to the other city daily. Such service could travel along a route from Ontario to San Diego via Riverside, Temecula/Murrieta, and Escondido. But I'd imagine it'd be years off.
I'd like to see express bus service linking Temecula and Murieta with Orange County and San Diego. We already have service to Riverside, but it is very limited.

Ideally, I'd like service from 4:00am to 12:00am - maybe even 1:00am, once per hour, seven days a week. Once every two hours would work too.

Both Orange County and San Diego are about an hour's drive, assuming no traffic, otherwise about 90 minutes.

We have nearly a quarter million people living here and many of them commute daily to Orange County or San Diego and visit the beaches, theme parks and zoos.

I think this could work. Is anyone else interested in service like this?

Metrolink is at least a decade away. We need this today.
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Farmdale station for Expo Line approved by state today

A new Expo Line station for Farmdale Avenue that is adjacent to Dorsey High School was unanimously approved by the California Public Utilties Commission on Thursday, paving the way for completion of the first phase of the project between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City.

It is expected that the line will first partially open as soon as next year, before finally reaching Culver City.

The PUC approval puts to rest a long-running dispute over how the Expo Line navigates the Dorsey High area. Original plans did not call for a stop at Farmdale. But the Los Angeles Unified School District and some members of the community protested that a street-running line next to the school could pose a danger to students. Several alternatives were looked at — such as a pedestrian bridge over the tracks and a bridge for the train over the street — and ultimately rejected in favor of adding a station.

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Finally. Hope you've learned your lesson Damien Goodmon.
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Do you guys think a S-Bahn like suburban rail system would work in LA metro?
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^ Grade-separated rapid transit like BART and LIRR? Why?
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Streetcar Pushed Back

With 2014 debut delayed, group looks at convincing stakeholders to help pay for project

By Richard Guzmán
August 13, 2010

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - A streetcar is still in the future for Broadway, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar said last week. Just not as soon as originally anticipated.

Speaking at an Aug. 12 luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum, Huizar said that missing out on a $25 million federal grant will cause the timeline to be re-thought. The $100 million effort is part of his Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

“We’re reassessing the 2014 ribbon cutting we were hoping to have,” he said.

Huizar also said that his office will not currently pursue another federal transportation grant as part of the TIGER II program. Instead, he said he will focus on obtaining more of the financing through an assessment district where property owners along the proposed route would be taxed. He said his office will campaign for the assessment to convince landowners that a streetcar along Broadway would benefit them and the city. He expects this to make up a “majority” of the budget.

He said he will also continue to look for funding through other governmental and private sources.

“We’re going to look for money anywhere and everywhere,” Huizar said.

So far about $10 million has been acquired for the project through Community Redevelopment Agency funds. The streetcar would connect L.A. Live and Bunker Hill, with a principal north-south spine on Broadway.

Only six of 65 applicants for the $25 million Urban Circulators federal grants received funds; the projects that got money were further along than the Broadway streetcar, Huizar said.

Jessica Wethington McClean, executive director of Bringing Back Broadway, said that after the denial, federal officials indicated they want the project to have a local matching funds program in place. She also said that the federal government wants the streetcar’s environmental process to be further along before money is awarded.

Huizar said the environmental process will begin in a few months.

On Sept. 30, the streetcar effort could get a boost with a major L.A. Live fundraiser co-hosted by Huizar and business leaders Eli Broad, Rick Caruso and Tim Leiweke.
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Boxer renews commitment to Villaraigosa's 30/10 transit plan (LA Times)

Boxer renews commitment to Villaraigosa's 30/10 transit plan

Facing attacks on her effectiveness from rival Fiorina, the U.S. senator said she is working on getting Congress to help make funds available for key Southern California transportation projects.


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she is working on legislation that would aid L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa's 30/10 transit plan. (Christina House, For The Times / August 19, 2010)

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2010


"Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer renewed her commitment Monday to securing federal assistance for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to accelerate 12 of the region's transit projects, completing them in one decade instead of three.

Facing unrelenting attacks on her effectiveness as a lawmaker by her campaign rival, Republican Carly Fiorina, Boxer tried to highlight her policymaking skills by joining Villaraigosa, as well as environmental, business and labor leaders for a "working group" discussion that unfolded in front of a dozen reporters and a line of television cameras at City Hall.

Villaraigosa and officials at the county's Metropolitan Transportation Authority are hoping to secure a combination of federal loans, interest rate subsidies and other financing to speed up projects approved as part of Measure R. The half-penny sales tax approved by voters in 2008 is expected to generate as much as $40 billion over the next three decades for projects that include a subway extension to Westwood, a segment of the Gold Line light rail line from Pasadena to Azusa and an 8.5-mile rail line along Crenshaw Blvd into South Los Angeles and the South Bay. Officials say the dozen projects could generate 166,000 jobs..."

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MTA's $46M system of locking turnstiles sits unused, waiting for fare cards to be adopted


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After spending more than $154 million for a system of locking turnstiles and electronic payment cards for the county transit system, officials are discovering that at least a third of the money may have been wasted because they can't use the new devices as planned.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority placed the locking turnstiles at subway and light-rail stations to stop fare scofflaws and end what had previously been an honor-based system.

Installed under a $46 million contract, the turnstiles were predicted to save $13 a million a year in lost revenue and reduced fare inspector costs.

But the turnstiles can't be configured to lock until Metro fully converts to a new electronic Transit Access Pass system – and that is proving nearly impossible.

The stalled effort has raised questions from critics about whether the turnstile contract has turned into a costly boondoggle.



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Wow, good thing we installed these before determining if they were practical for use. We could have wasted a lot of money otherwise!
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i dont understand why they just didnt implement Londons system here. MTA didnt have to reinvent the wheel
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Expo Line update

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FCI Fluor Parsons, the construction partnership building Phase 1 of the Expo Line light-rail, held a construction update last night in downtown Culver City. The details focused mainly on building the west end of the line, still under construction. After describing the downtown-to-Culver City train, people were told to visit specific tables that interested them; they included FFP representatives discussing things like design, construction, engineering, and grade-crossings. Tumbleweeds blew around the grade crossing table, signaling that maybe the issue of Farmdale Avenue--which will get a station at Dorsey High School--may be resolved (at least for now). Most people wanted to talk about the sound walls, the bikeway ("will it open when the line does?" "Yes."), night work ("allowed in LA, not in Culver City"), those wavy canopies at each station (they're mostly for design; because of the catenary wires of the train and safety issues, wide shade-providing canopies were impossible), and graffiti issues (the elevated stations are coating with antigraffiti covering, where most graffiti can be cleaned and wiped off--the covering does not envelop the entire elevated structure because of financial constraints).
Possibly opening to Crenshaw or La Cienega in the spring, we're told.>>>>

Other fun facts from last night's meeting:

-The bikeway will be mostly "Class 2," which means it will run on Exposition Blvd. but with a painted line that visually separates it from traffic. A small portion will be "Class 1"--from La Cienega to Washington--where it's completely separated from vehicular traffic.

-Night work in LA will be made less annoying by trucks shutting off their back-up alarms and the installation of sound blankets.

-La Cienega is getting a free-standing mixed-use parking structure with retail on the bottom level.

-The station canopies will have a clear shield that will protect people from rain. As far as sun, the canopies will provide some shade, but maybe bring your sunglasses.

-The Venice/Robertson/downtown Culver City station is being called the "super station" by the Expo Authority because apparently it's enormous. A whole other construction company, London-based Balfour Beatty, began building it in June, and it will probably open in 2012, but maybe 2011, which was reported back in December.

-The line is about 75 percent done, and we were told a portion of the line may open in April--either to Crenshaw or La Cienega. The Farmdale station may be finished after the train starts running to La Cienega (the train would still stop there but not pick up passengers). Construction on Phase II to Santa Monica, even with that pending lawsuit, is scheduled to begin in January or February, according to representatives.
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Wow, good thing we installed these before determining if they were practical for use. We could have wasted a lot of money otherwise!
Well, at least the contractor hand picked by politicians got paid the full amount.
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Burbank to build transportation hub (USA Today)

Burbank to build transportation hub

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http://www.usatoday.com/travel/fligh...kin30_ST_N.htm

Burbank's Bob Hope Airport in California has joined a growing list of airports that are building a ground transportation hub.

Last week, the Burbank City Council approved the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority's application to spend $120 million for a "Regional Intermodal Transportation Center" that would allow rail, bus and rental car travelers to converge at one central point. Miami and Providence's T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island are also building intermodal facilities, while San Diego, Phoenix and Los Angeles have a similar plan.

The hub will promote greater use of public transportation, eliminate most rental car shuttle buses and reduce the airport's environmental footprint, says Dan Feger, the airport's executive director. The project is expected to be completed in 2012. It will link the train platform, about 200 yards from the airport, to the terminal with a moving walkway.

Other features include: a solar-powered structure that includes a consolidated rental car facility and a bus transit area; a compressed natural gas fueling station for shuttle buses; and more parking for rail and airport passengers.

The airport will pay for it with new bonds, "passenger facility charges" added to airfares, rent from rental companies and federal grants.
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^ Speaking of which, here's LA's plan...

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Proposed South Bay Transit Center Near LAX Gets $1.45M Grant

By Nick Green, Staff Writer
August 25, 2010

A proposed South Bay transit center near Los Angeles International Airport has received a $1.45 million federal grant, officials said Wednesday.

The money, which requires a 20 percent local match, will be used in the second phase of a three-phase project to design the station at Aviation and Century boulevards, said Roderick Diaz, the project manager with the county's Metropolitan Transit Authority.

That phase, which moves the project from the conceptual stage it's now in to a preliminary engineering phase, will begin this fall and last about a year.

The total cost to design what's called an Intermodal Transit Center is $11 million, Diaz said. The transit center will be the connecting hub for two light rail lines - the Green Line and the Crenshaw/LAX Line - buses and a "people mover" to take people into the airport.

Construction on the $1.7 billion transit center is tentatively scheduled to occur between 2012 and 2018, Diaz said.

"This grant certainly helps us meet those targets," he said.

The U.S. Department of Transportation grant was announced by Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo.

"The grant is great news for the South Bay, which is finally on its way to being connected by rail to LAX," she said.
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