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Old January 8th, 2017, 06:07 AM   #2501
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With the recent Federal funds coming our way, it'll go to the VA.

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Update on efforts to connect the Green Line with Metrolink in Norwalk.

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Old January 11th, 2017, 10:50 AM   #2503
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they should close the I-105 - I-5 at the same time IMO
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Old January 11th, 2017, 03:58 PM   #2504
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Umm, this isn't quite the thread for that.

And you are going to have a LOT more opposition to a freeway, which takes up much more room in a residential neighborhood. Besides, drivers can already use I-605 as a possible path.
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well both would be in a tunnel. And the road tunnel would only be about 1 Mile long
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Old January 11th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #2506
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The current LRT proposal is examining an elevated or surface alignment as well.

Its a lot more complex than simply saying "bore an extra tunnel". A highway tunnel would require a much greater diameter tube and would be much more expensive. It would also be much more disruptive, since it would require enormous ventilation plants along the route that LRT wouldn't. Put this together, and you have something that looks very unattractive to planners when there is an alternate route available.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:06 PM   #2507
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It's a real enough need that I'd be surprised not to see a multi-modal tunnel included in the EIR alternatives. Such a plan is apparently favored in the Sepulveda corridor (LRT or HRT with a toll road bypass for the 405). But I agree with the above that for numerous reasons it will/would be ruled out in the end.
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Old January 17th, 2017, 04:44 PM   #2508
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From Metro Report

http://www.metro-report.com/news/new...-selected.html

Los Angeles Purple Line Extension Section 2 contractor selected
17 Jan 2017



USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is to recommend to the board the award of a contract to build the Section 2 of the Purple Line extension. A joint venture of Tutor Perini and O&G has been selected to build the second phase of the metro extension to Century City/Constellation.

This follows the Department of Transportation’s announcement at the start of January that it will provide $1·6bn in federal grants and loans towards the $2·5bn project

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Old January 23rd, 2017, 05:14 PM   #2509
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In L.A. march, Grand Park performs well with huge crowds; Metro and Pershing Square, not so much

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...121-story.html


By Christopher Hawthorne
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January 21, 2017, 7:50 PM



Any big political march is both a test of a city’s spatial limitations and an exercise in seeing and using that city in a new way. This is especially true in Los Angeles, a city still trying to shake off an outdated reputation as a place without a significant pedestrian culture or vibrant public realm.

The Los Angeles edition of Saturday’s women’s march was in that sense another sign of the city’s continuing effort to redefine, or at least recalibrate, its public-ness. The Los Angeles Police Department called it the largest gathering downtown since the giant immigration rights protest of 2006.
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 05:17 PM   #2510
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Jan. 21, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Jubilant protesters crowd into downtown L.A.-bound Metro trains

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...htmlstory.html
Jan. 21, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Metro trains were jammed to capacity Saturday morning as tens of thousands descended on Pershing Square in downtown L.A. for the women’s march.

Erica Zeitlin said she caught the Expo Line in Santa Monica but it took nearly an hour before there was a train available with enough space to accommodate passengers.

“Metro could have put on 10 times as many trains and they’d be busy,” she said. “The platforms are packed.”

They were so packed that some Culver City passengers said they had to travel west to Santa Monica before they were able to board a downtown-bound train.

Passenger Angela Duffy said the Culver City station was so packed she decided to walk to the Palms Station. But that station was also crowded, so her group headed to the Santa Monica station.

“It is worth doing it to stand with my fellow women in solidarity,” Duffy said. “Change needs to happen … if I just sat at home because I didn’t want to get into the crowds, I would not be standing up for what I believe in.”

“Ready, happy, thrilled!” yelled the jubilant crowd.

Huge crowds swarm Metro trains and buses for Women’s March

Trains were jam-packed for most of the day

http://la.curbed.com/2017/1/22/14351...riders-numbers

Much of Metro’s transit network was pushed to its absolute limit Saturday as marchers descended upon Downtown LA yesterday to take part in a Women’s March corresponding with Donald Trump’s first full day in office. The transit agency has not released ridership numbers yet, but trains and buses heading in and out of Downtown were packed full for much of the day.

It’s also not clear exactly how many people turned up to the event itself. March organizers estimate the number to be around 750,000. LAPD stopped counting.

Lines for TAP Cards were dozens of people deep at many subway stations, while trains were full enough that some riders began boarding on the opposite side of the track—simply to ensure a spot when the train turned around at its last stop.

Crowds were large enough that it may be hard for the agency to get an accurate count. Complicating things: a rumor began circulating on social media in the morning that Metro was offering free rides. The Agency quickly dispelled that notion, but this Curbed writer noticed bus and train operators waiving fares as vehicles became more crowded and lines of people waiting to board grew longer.



After boosting normal weekend service in advance of the event, Metro began adding cars along the Red, Blue, and Gold Lines as the day went on. Blue Line riders heading out of Downtown after the march were then asked to board on the opposite side of the platform—presumably to space out the enormous crowds at the 7th Street/Metro Center station.

It seems likely that Metro, local law enforcement, and even the organizers of the march were caught off guard by the attendance numbers. The march was, in fact, so large, that the planned route could not contain all of the participants. Throngs of people began pouring onto streets around Pershing Square and City Hall, turning the march into something of an impromptu open streets event.



We’ll have to wait for Metro’s official ridership numbers, but the event certainly drew some of the largest crowds any of the system’s Downtown-serving trains and buses have likely seen. In Washington DC, where a crowd of at least 500,000 gathered on the National Mall, the city’s train system had its second-busiest day ever, serving more than 1 million riders.



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Old January 24th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #2511
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Can it be that Metro doesn't really know how to do expected major rallies or events? Do they lack the back up vehicles and/or did not adapt their maintenance schedule to get max number of vehicles operational during that time?

A well handled special event has special event schedules with maximized frequencies on all affected lines. If possible, also asymmetric services makes sense (for events that cause very high one directional demand during a relatively short time)

I am aware that not every metro service can have special high performance stations like "U2 Stadion" in Vienna for example, but there is a lot a metro company can do to handle special demand in a satisfactory way.
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Old January 25th, 2017, 01:19 AM   #2512
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Maybe this article can help. News released today regarding transit riders on Sat. I don't think they were prepared fro 750,000... give or take....sounds like there plan was for 75,000.

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http://thesource.metro.net/2017/01/2...n-los-angeles/

592,000 boardings on Metro Rail on Saturday

by Kim Upton , January 24, 2017

As thousands converged on downtown Los Angeles for the Saturday Women’s March, Metro Rail carried a total of 592,000 boarding passengers – 360,000 more riders than on a typical Saturday. Los Angeles Police Department estimates placed the crowd at 100,000 and event organizers pegged that number at more than 750,000.

On some Metro lines, rail cars were crowded – many to capacity – and most stations in downtown L.A. also were filled. And yet passengers remained cheerful and positive.

“This was an amazing experience for our region, as well as for Metro,” said Metro Board Chair John Fasana. “Whatever your political thoughts, it was exciting to see so many people exercising their right to demonstrate peacefully. And it spoke to the crowds that there was no violence and that despite crowding, at the end of the day our patrons were safe.”

To gear up for the march, Metro added service and security to accommodate what organizers at first estimated would be 75,000 participants. As attendance projections grew, more rail cars and more frequent service were scheduled. When trains began to crowd on Saturday, additional service was added. To accommodate the massive crowds, extra rail cars were added to service. The result was a 60 percent increase in car capacity, compared with a typical Saturday. Staff also was on hand to help new customers buy TAP cards at ticket machines and yet the lines were long in a handful of stations.

“Hundreds of thousands of Angelenos peacefully took to the streets Saturday to stand up for their values — and Metro played a big part in bringing people together by serving 592,000 boarding passengers on a historic day,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Seatmates became friends, fellow passengers marched side by side. The incredible level of ridership shows that L.A. shows up when it counts, and we can get there safely and conveniently. And now with the passage of Measure M, we are building a transportation future that will give us all new opportunities to connect to one another.

Among the busiest rail stations in downtown Los Angeles were the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, which serves the Red, Purple, Blue and Expo lines; Pershing Square and Civic Center stations, which carry Red and Purple line passengers, and Union Station, which serves the Red, Purple and Gold lines, as well as Metrolink. Beyond downtown, the North Hollywood and Universal/Studio City stations for the Red Line were among the busiest.

“I applaud our operations team for their outstanding efforts to provide this critical service to Los Angeles,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “As much planning as we did, the heavy ridership still required the good spirit and patience of our patrons, and we appreciate that. We are very pleased overall that Metro was able to serve so many people on Saturday.”

Ridership began to spike at 7 a.m., dipped between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then peaked again at about 5 p.m. The event was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. More than 40,000 new TAP fare cards were sold within a short period of time on Saturday. TAP cards are the method of payment for Metro trains and buses.


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January 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Is this estimate adjusted to allow for the many who thought the Metro would be free for the march? The rumor Metro would be free was going around twitter for a while.


Hi Richard — the answer is yes, Metro did try to adjust for that.

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January 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm

So was the free fare a rumor or not?
We were waved past the tap machines at the universal station where the gates were open.
It should be that going through the gates is as easy as using Apple Pay or refilling ones tap card is as easy as refilling a Starbucks card. If this was the case, my friend wouldn’t have had to take uber to the event because of the crazy long line of manual Tap card sales.



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Absolutely, some riders at some stations were given free rides as a means of crowd control. The problem was that on social media that turned into ‘rides are free across the entire system.’ Which they were not, even though some folks got free rides.

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"Second Phase of Foothill Gold Line Extension Scheduled for October Groundbreaking"



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2nd Street/Flower Street Subway Station under Construction across from THE BROAD MUSEUM and the DISNEY CONCERT HALL.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 03:47 AM   #2515
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2nd Street/Flower Street Subway Station under Construction across from THE BROAD MUSEUM and the DISNEY CONCERT HALL.

This station is going to get a hell of a lot of use.
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Second Phase of Foothill Gold Line Extension Scheduled for October Groundbreaking

http://urbanize.la/post/october-grou...sion-montclair

Second Phase of Foothill Gold Line Extension Scheduled for October Groundbreaking

by STEVEN SHARP on January 26, 2017, 9:42AM

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has announced an updated plan to extend light rail service to Montclair.

Yesterday, the Construction Authority's Board of Directors approved a schedule which assumes a groundbreaking in October 2017 and completion in late 2025 or early 2026. This new timeline represents a two-year delay from the previously announced opening date of 2023, and reflects an increase in the scope of work for the Construction Authority, which has agreed to additional work at grade crossings, as well as the relocation of existing track and a Metrolink station.

The estimated cost for the project now stands at approximately $1.37 billion, an increase of $118 million from the budget approved in 2015. The additional cost is the result of prevailing and minimum wage increases that will take effect during the course of construction.

The majority of funding for the project will come from Los Angeles County's Measure M sales tax, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

Ridership on the phase two extension is expected to exceed 18,300 weekday passengers by 2035, with six new stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair.

However, it should be noted that any track past Claremont would pass out of Los Angeles County. Any extension past that boundary would require independent funding from San Bernadino County.

The extension to Montclair represents the third phase of Gold Line's Foothill branch, which currently shuttles passengers between Azusa and Los Angeles Union Station. An initial segment opened to Pasadena in 2003, and the extension to Azusa followed in March 2016.

Following the completion of the new Regional Connector subway through Downtown Los Angeles, the current Gold Line will offer direct service to Long Beach.

Foothill Gold Line Board Approves New Project Schedule (PRNewswire)



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i think the purple line is probably my favorite subway project in the entire world right now. not only because i'll actually be able to use it, but also because it'll just be so useful. the extension to wilshire and fairfax is a dream come true, but to imagine zipping from DTLA or koreatown all the way to beverly hills, century city or UCLA village, it makes the heart palpitate in anticipation. add the huge population center at park la brea and the connections at wilshire and la cienega, and it's clear why this must be metro's number 1 priority. the VA extension will be useful for jobs but clearly exists because of the future connection to the 405 line.

next, metro must prioritize extending the crenshaw line up to wilshire.
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Ok, that may be a bit of a stretch. What you describe is the beauty of proper subways. You can enjoy this in many cities across the world. For LA however it is something rather more special with only one proper subway line so far. The Purple Line extension matters so much also because the connected area is so important and at the same time currently so horrendously underserved by the existing network. This will be an incredibly boost to Metro coverage of central neighbourhoods, maybe even a game changer. For me the tourist perspective is of course the most important one and there, LA is heading towards a a reasonable coverage of tourist destinations. A few years ago Santa Monica and now Miracle Mile and Beverly Hills, as well as the airport. The regional connector will also be a game changer because it will make crossing Downtown so much more convenient and efficient and also connect important places directly to the Metro network.
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Not to mention as the lines become more interconnected it will make more sense for people to uses them
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Really good writeup today in urbanize.la about a possible completion of the Purple Line to Santa Monica (Wilshire/4th street):



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Ever since the Wilshire subway was revived in the mid-2000s, there has been a question as to whether the Subway to the Sea needed to actually reach the sea. The Expo Line, after all, also takes riders to the Santa Monica shoreline, and its route within the beachside city parallels Wilshire at a distance of about a half-mile. To some, that makes the final grade-separated segment of the Purple Line a luxury, not a necessity. This debate featured in the planning process for Measure M as well. The Santa Monica extension of the Purple Line appeared on the initial wishlist for the Westside Cities COG and in several versions of MoveLA’s “strawman” expenditure plans. Ultimately, though, Metro’s directors decided to accelerate the project’s Westwood segment without providing additional funding to push further west.

In spite of its omission from the latest round of transit funding, it remains a good time to consider the Purple Line’s Santa Monica extension. As we were reminded a few weeks ago when the FTA issued their Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Purple Line’s second phase, the subway has been extremely successful in attracting federal funding. Metro has now secured nearly $3.8 billion in federal funds for the first two phases of construction, including $2.4 billion in grants.

Additionally, Metro will be drafting a new iteration of its Long Range Transportation Plan throughout the course of this year, and any projects that the agency wants to receive federal dollars will need to be on that document first. Eventually a source of local funding would need to be identified, but the LRTP is an important step in getting the project built in the next one to two decades.

The Santa Monica extension, which was included in the Purple Line’s environmental studies until the Westwood/VA alternative was chosen in 2010, consists of 4 stops over approximately 3.5 miles. From the Phase 3 terminus at Wilshire/Bonsall, the line would continue to a station at Bundy in Brentwood, making two stops in mid-city Santa Monica before ending up at 4th Street in downtown Santa Monica.

Much like the West Hollywood “Pink Line” (Alternatives 4 & 5, below), Metro wasn’t disinclined to build the Santa Monica extension of the Purple Line. It simply didn’t have the money on hand. The Draft EIR identified a shortfall of approximately $1.8 billion. In a bittersweet twist, Metro’s better-than-expected performance at corralling D.C.’s check-writers means that the agency has already made about half of the shortfall that planners projected in 2010, with the project’s most cost-effective segment still to come. And, unlike the Pink Line, which scored worse on the FTA’s cost-effectiveness matrix, Alternative 3, out to Wilshire/4th, had a score roughly on par with Alternative 1 (Wilshire/Westwood terminus), and only slightly below the VA Hospital alternative that was selected. Even though Metro estimated a marginal increase of only 9,000 riders between the VA Hospital and the beach, we might therefore expect that local governments would not be expected to foot the bill on their own.
http://urbanize.la/post/does-la-need...line-extension (rest of the article there, highly recommended to check it out!)

After reading the article I think it makes some very strong arguments:
- The last bit of the Purple Line to the Sea would be cheaper than the rest of the line.
- The ridership numbers are not as great as Santa Monica is kind of sleepy compared to downtown/k-town/century city.
- However, traffic from west of the 405 can be horrific (as someone who used to commute east on Olympic from Santa Monica, I can personally vouch for this) and a subway will be a desirable option for commuters
- To really make use of a subway, SM has to agree to upzoning the wilshire corridor
- Once the sepulveda line is built and connected to the Expo line, valley passengers will probably overwhelm the expo LRT and will need another option west

After reading, my personal opinion is: a one stop extension to Wilshire/Bundy is a no brainer, and the other three stops can probably wait until Santa Monica allows greater density along wilshire (though if they build it now, it'll be cheaper before the density comes)
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