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Old August 1st, 2017, 12:30 PM   #2661
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Absolutely! I see this as an opportunity as well to plan this all even better than when it would have been in seven years. Los Angeles has now the most preparation time in Olympic history, and once the Olympics start, the metrorail is prepared for transporting the masses. I remember how Sochi and especially Rio had a hard time hurrying construction, this could not happen to LA, even if an earthquake hits the city in the next few years.

Paris is also gaining momentum by now with their radical mobility plans, their struggle against the automobile and their express tangential metro lines. Both cities will also have the advantage that the facilities will be much more sustainable than those in the past two decades, Tokyo being the good example of 2020, Athens being the horror scenario from 2004. But with Rio despite its size not being better than Athens and even Beijing and Sydney struggling with their facilities.
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 06:09 PM   #2662
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LA '28 odds n ends:

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Mayor Garcetti and LA Metro tweeted a map of the Metro System by 2028!


https://twitter.com/MayorOfLA/status/892801183600918528

This is about a "best case scenario" for what the LA transit system will look like in 2028. My best guess is about 80-85% of what you see here will be done: All the lines that are colored will be finished and of the grey lines, they may accelerate the sepulveda line (west LA to the Valley) to be finished by 2028 if possible, as well as the Vermont transit corridor (ideally this'll be an extension of the red line to expo park/USC, but could also be BRT).

In addition to the Intra-City transport, the Olympics may spur of quicker completion of High Speed Rail in California (IF it gets built that is!) The current time frame is completion 2029, but there may be a push to get it finished a year earlier, at least the major section between the SF Bay area and LA.

LA's main train station, Union Station, will also have a completed renovation for HSR done in that time. And who knows, maybe a "Hyperloop" tube or two! Here is a proposal for the new Union Station, which'll be completed in time for the Olympics:



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Garcetti and Casey Wassermann, the two heads of the LA 2024 (now 2028) bid, went onto "The Ringer" podcast hosted by Bill Simmons to discuss the LA Olympics. Here's a link to the podcast:

https://soundcloud.com/the-bill-simm...lympics-ep-243

Some good stuff! The whole podcast is worth a listen if you're interested in the LA Olympics nitty-gritty, here's some quick bullet points that stood out to me:

- According to them single largest construction project is the conversion of the LA Coliseum to Track and Field. The track will be on a platform (similar to what Glasgow did for their Commonwealth Games) and cover the first 14 rows of seating, making those unusable of course. As for cost it will apparently cost $100 million to install. From what they said this is the most expensive single item in the bid.
- One good thing though is there are tentative plans to reuse this track after the games! Not in the Coliseum but somewhere out there in LA. Would love to see LA become the home of US T&F!
- As for other items mentioned, they touched on the Aquatics venue and the white water rafting venue in the Valley cluster. They are also set on the Swim stadium being on Open Air venue. I had read that FINA (the aquatics federation) had declared all Olympic and Championship venues had to be covered, but I'm sure LA 28 spoke with FINA and they were fine with it?
- Garcetti think the biggest issue is maintaining momentum for the Games going forward. He also says the fairest criticism he's heard is "Why focus on the future when LA has problems now"? He says they're tied together and can focus on his top two priorities for LA: solving the homeless crisis and fixing traffic (I'd add fixing the lack of affordable housing myself).
Instead of the purple line being the accelerated project Maybe they can focus on getting extra funds for the Sepulveda pass or the Crenshaw LAX line thru West Hollywood.

Metro tweeted this pic this week. Hoping "Pink Line" is built.
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 08:30 PM   #2663
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While it is looking great I have the feeling that this above design is not very functional. I am not an expert but I can't see a necessity for an above grade passage. the geography is strongly favouring a below grade passage, doesn't it?

This above grade solutions creates the need to overcome big, and largely unnecessary, height differences, which makes transfer more complicated extends ways and means higher costs. I get it that the looks would be great but good design means good looks and good functionality, at the same time. There are many old and new railway stations demonstrating that also underpasses can look spectecular, if well planned.
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Old August 4th, 2017, 05:47 PM   #2664
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So had there ever been any discussion about rail between downtown LA and central Glendale?

A light rail option that branches off from the Gold Line near Chinatown could be built parallel the existing railroad tracks and run mostly at grade until the Glendale Amtrak/Metrolink station, where it would break away and go onto Brand Ave for a ways before diving underground into subway for the last mile or so.

Another more expensive option would be a subway branch starting at Vermont station on the red line, it would only need to be about 4 miles long.
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Old August 5th, 2017, 05:46 AM   #2665
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Glendale rail ideas

There's a plan for a BRT Orange line extension connecting North Hollywood to the Pasadena Del Mar station, and for converting the Orange line to light rail. Once there was a plan to extend the Red line from North Hollywood to Burbank, which would work better in my opinion as a kind of circle back towards Glendale, maybe down the line. I prefer that one, but we will see.


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So had there ever been any discussion about rail between downtown LA and central Glendale?

A light rail option that branches off from the Gold Line near Chinatown could be built parallel the existing railroad tracks and run mostly at grade until the Glendale Amtrak/Metrolink station, where it would break away and go onto Brand Ave for a ways before diving underground into subway for the last mile or so.

Another more expensive option would be a subway branch starting at Vermont station on the red line, it would only need to be about 4 miles long.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 08:15 PM   #2666
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TBM parts moved back to Little Tokyo

With digging done on first tunnel, TBM parts moved back to Little Tokyo, from The Source.

Regional Connector crews last weekend extracted the tunnel boring machine (TBM) cutterhead and one shield segment from underground — at 4th and Flower streets in downtown Los Angeles. The TBM recently completed digging the first of two tunnels for the project and must now be disassembled and transported back to Little Tokyo, where it will begin the second tunnel later this year.

In order to lift such heavy machinery, a specialized crane was assembled over Flower Street and used to gradually lift each segment. The cutterhead alone weighs 144,000 pounds. This same type of crane will be used to lower and piece the machine back together in Little Tokyo.

To complete their work, crews transported the cutterhead and shield segment to Little Tokyo using a heavy-duty dolly. Crews waited until the middle of the night to close down 7th Street to ‘walk’ the machine across DTLA. The remainder of the TBM shield will be retrieved this weekend and the crane will be demobilized the following weekend.

The Regional Connector will connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines via twin 1.9-mile light rail tunnels in DTLA. When complete, Metro will operate two light rail lines. One will run from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica and the other between Azusa and Long Beach. The two lines will share five stations in DTLA and the project will make light rail trips to and through DTLA faster with fewer transfers.













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Old August 7th, 2017, 12:12 AM   #2667
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Crenshaw/LAX Photos

From the Crenshaw/LAX Project page:





Aviation Blvd. on the right, looking North.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 12:36 AM   #2668
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I drive by there almost everyday, funny how it will go from elevated straight to under grade for the south landing strips.

Right at the landing strips the tunnel is covered also to mitigate jet blast. Awesome pics btw.
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Old August 8th, 2017, 07:32 PM   #2669
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Crenshaw/LAX Line construction in July

Crenshaw/LAX Line construction in July (from The Source)


The trench next to LAX's south runway.


Working in the trench next to LAX.


Entrance to the trench next to LAX's south runway.


Working on emergency staircase well Aviation/Century bridge.


Looking up at the new rail bridge over the 405 freeway.


Work on the bridge over LaBrea Avenue in Inglewood.


Downtown Inglewood station taking place.


Closer view of the downtown Inglewood station.


Leimert park station.


Installing a walkway on the southbound tunnel under Crenshaw Boulevard on the northern end of the project.

The above are photos were shot over the last month of ongoing construction work on the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the 8.5-mile light rail project that will run between the Green Line and Expo Line. The photos are south to north.
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Old August 9th, 2017, 08:51 PM   #2670
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Will you be able to get a train to downtown LA from LAX someday?
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Old August 9th, 2017, 09:00 PM   #2671
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Wel if you look at the map quoted above you can see they are currently working on the Crenshaw line which connects to the Expo line towards Downtown. In the faraway future the Crenshaw line will connect to the Purple line as well, so you'll have two options, but you'll always have to change trains two times minimum (1 metro change and LAX people mover change)
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Old August 9th, 2017, 09:14 PM   #2672
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Will you be able to get a train to downtown LA from LAX someday?
Hi John, yes. The Crenshaw Line that's in construction (pics above) will connect with the new LAX Automated People Mover (APM) that is launching construction soon to be completed by 2022-2023.


LAX-APM


The Green Line (existing) will also connect to it.

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Old August 12th, 2017, 06:03 AM   #2673
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Old August 12th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #2674
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A scheme of all vehicles used in transit in Los Angeles metro area


source (with many other drawing for all American metros with substantial transit): http://pdovak.com/projects/#/city-transit/
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Old August 14th, 2017, 05:03 PM   #2675
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The Purple Line TBM has its OWN Twitter account...

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New vid of the APM - Automated People Mover that will connect to the Crenshaw and Green Lines.

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Mother Bird this is Eagle one: we are Leaving LAX 3 en route to ConRAC; please clear us a space at T plus 5-7.
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The Source - MTA Article

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We shot these yesterday at Wilshire and La Brea, the site of a future station for the Purple Line Extension subway that is now under construction.
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[IMG]An aerial view of the construction yard on the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea. The station is directly under Wilshire. Another construction yard is on the southwest corner of the intersection. Traffic on Wilshire is on decking installed by Metro that allows the street to remain open while the station box is dug underneath. Photo by Joe Lemon/Metro.


Ground level view looking into the station box at the construction yard on the NW side of Wilshire and La Brea. This is one place where soil is brought and then removed from the station. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.


Looking east down the station box.

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Of the three new stations that are part of the project’s first section — which runs 3.9 miles between the current Wilshire/Western Station and the future Wilshire/La Cienega Station — this one is furthest along with about 70 percent of the soil removed. Excavation of the station box is also underway for the Wilshire/Fairfax station and street decking for Wilshire/La Cienega Station is expected to begin later this year.
More pics and article on the site....
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Mother Bird this is Eagle one: we are Leaving LAX 3 en route to ConRAC; please clear us a space at T plus 5-7.
Translation, we are leaving station number 3 onboard the LAX airport shuttle service towards: Consolidated Rental Car Facility. Arrival time is estimated in approximately 5 to 7mins.
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I'm really happy to see LA starting to take an interest in public transit.
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