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Old December 20th, 2015, 02:01 AM   #2001
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What reconstruction are they doing there? I can't find it listed on the Metrolink site.

What was the old configuration and what will be the new one?
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Old December 20th, 2015, 11:51 AM   #2002
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What reconstruction are they doing there? I can't find it listed on the Metrolink site.

What was the old configuration and what will be the new one?
According to video describsion:

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DOWNTOWN SAN BERNARDINO PASSENGER RAIL PROJECT:

Extends Metrolink service one-mile from the Santa Fe Depot to the multi-modal San Bernardino Transit Center
I did a little more research and I found this PDF document on San Bernardino Associated Governments website:
http://www.sanbag.ca.gov/projects/re...dout22114b.pdf

So as far as I understood, San Bernardino County will have new station, close to transit center, which was opened in September this year. And it's also Phase 1 of Redlands Passenger Rail project
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Old December 26th, 2015, 05:44 AM   #2003
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BTW folks, I read yesterday that construction of the Purple Line sub to SM started officially.
No. According to https://www.metro.net/projects/westside/ , what's under construction is the first phase, to Wilshire/La Cienega. Next, "Metro is already working with the federal government to obtain matching funds for the second section, while also pursuing opportunities to accelerate funding through the America Fast Forward Initiative that could allow the entire project to be completed sooner." The second phase reaches to the VA hospital at Wilshire and the 405. Beyond there is literally not even a line on the map. Sorry.
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If federal funding and the new tax measures are passed sooner rather than later would it be possible to resurrect the plan to reach Santa Monica?
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If federal funding and the new tax measures are passed sooner rather than later would it be possible to resurrect the plan to reach Santa Monica?
I'm sure the full route to Santa Monica, along with the West Hollywood connector) is still in some longer range plans. I think it will probably have a lower priority at this point as SM will be served soon by the Expo line and there are other projects that are more critical, ie the 405/Sepulveda line.
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Ya though I do feel LA is cutting off its nose to spite it's face by not planning for more HRT
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Old December 30th, 2015, 03:55 PM   #2008
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Los Angeles is currently working on two projects which will enable through routing in Downtown.

http://www.metro.net/projects/regionalrail/scrip/"]http://www.metro.net/projects/regionalrail/scrip/[/URL]

SCRIP, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, will add run-through tracks to the south end of Union Station. This will allow Metrolink and Amtrak trains to pass through the station, rather than being forced to enter and exit through the same five-track throat at the north end.

It will cut travel times approximately 15-20 minutes and increase Union Station's capacity up to 50%.


http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-u...528-story.html

http://www.metro.net/projects/connector/

The Regional Connector, which is already under construction, will create a new subway between the busy 7th Street/Metro Center Station and Little Tokyo. It will merge the Blue, Gold and Expo Lines into a north-south route between Long Beach and the San Gabriel Valley and an east-west route between Santa Monica and East Los Angeles.


http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/m...9bb2963f4.html
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=219129
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Ansaldo STS to signal LA Purple Line extension
5 JAN, 2016

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Ansaldo STS has been appointed to provide the signalling and train control system for an extension of Los Angeles’ Purple Line.

The 6.3-kilometre line will see the existing underground route extended from Wilshire/Western line terminus to Wilshire/La Cinega in Beverly Hills.

Three new stations will be built as part of the project

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ANAHEIM | Intercity Bus Service

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Jan. 5, 2016 Updated 10:50 a.m.

By ART MARROQUIN / STAFF WRITER

A bus operator that largely caters to Spanish-speaking travelers will offer eight low-cost daily trips to Tijuana and one to Guadalajara, Mexico, from the ARTIC transportation hub beginning later this month.

While an exact launch date isn’t set, the arrival of Tres Estrellas de Oro is expected to bring an additional 400 daily mass transit users to Anaheim’s new bus and train station, which has seen lower-than-anticipated ridership since opening in December 2014.

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Spanish-speaking drivers and customer service agents assist passengers who use the service, which sells tickets from Anaheim to Tijuana’s bus station for $22 one way, while rides to the border city’s airport go for $32. One-way tickets to Guadalajara cost $180.

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The move is expected to help boost ARTIC’s commuter count, which remains significantly below the city’s opening-day expectation of 10,000 daily riders. On average, 2,406 riders either boarded or departed mass transit daily from ARTIC in July, according to city-commissioned study.

“If we’re able to get one person who hasn’t been to ARTIC, but comes here to use Tres Estrellas, then there’s a good chance they might come back here,” said Tom Morton, Anaheim’s executive director of conventions, sports and entertainment, who took control of ARTIC’s operations in July. “Familiarity is a wonderful thing.”

Contact the writer: 714-704-3769 or [email protected]
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Old January 6th, 2016, 12:25 PM   #2011
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3rd Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Greater LA Region

Heavy Rail
Los Angeles / Purple & Red lines - 142,900 (2015) : 4.73%

Light Rail
Los Angeles / Metro-LRT - 189,300 (2015) : 6.49%

Suburban/Regional/Commuter Rail
Los Angeles Suburbs / MetroLink - 40,800 (2015) : 0.70% +

Bus Ridership
Los Angeles / MTA Bus - 1,039.0 Million (2015) : -4.24%
Orange County / OC Bus - 144,300 (2015) : -6.18%
Long Beach / Long Beach transit - 77,800 (2015) : -9.60%
Santa Monica / Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus - 65,900 (2015) : 1.45%
San Bernardino / OMNITRANS - 47,500 (2015) : 13.27%
Montebello / Montebello Bus Lines - 28,600 (2015) : 5.57%
Riverside / Riverside Transit Agency - 29,000 (2015) : 2.19%
Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara MTD - 21,900 (2015) : -5.83%
Culver City / Culver CityBus - 16,200 (2015) : 3.31%
Torrance / Torrance Transit System - 13,400 (2015) : -3.94%
Oxnard / Gold Coast Transit - 12,200 (2015) : 0.18% +
Santa Clarita / Santa Clarita Transit - 10,600 (2015) : 0.60%
Norwalk / Norwalk Transit System - 5,000 (2015) : -12.03%
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Old January 20th, 2016, 05:29 PM   #2012
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Metro Green Line Could Finally Be Connected to Metrolink in Southeast Los Angeles
Monday, January 11, 2016, by Jeff Wattenhofer

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2016/0...utheast_la.php

When Metro's Green Line opened in 1994, it sent trains from Redondo Beach all the way out to the 605 Freeway in Norwalk, linking the city of Los Angeles to the eastern reaches of the county. It stopped short, however, of reaching the Metrolink system just a few miles down the road, which means it missed the chance to link LA's Metro rail system to trains going to Orange County and beyond. Attempts were made in the 1990s to link the Metro and Metrolink stations in Norwalk, but fell short due to neighborhood opposition and lack of funding. Now, according to the LA Times, officials are again trying to get the ball rolling on closing the 2.8 mile gap that separates the Norwalk station at the end of Metro's Green Line from the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Metrolink station.

Just 2.8 miles separates the Metro Green Line and Metrolink stations in Norwalk, but it can take commuters up to an hour to travel between the two by bus.

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Old January 20th, 2016, 05:55 PM   #2013
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The Expo Line To Santa Monica Is One Step Closer To Opening
by Matt Tinoco in News on Jan 16, 2016 1:15 pm

http://laist.com/2016/01/16/expo_line_update.php


An Expo Line test train rolls down Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica in November. (Steve Hymon/Metro)

Friday brought some significant proof of the Expo Line’s march of progress towards completion, as the Expo Construction Authority officially handed control of the Phase II Track to L.A. County Metro.

This means Metro is now able to start what’s called “pre-revenue service,” essentially running trains on a regular schedule looking for any potential problems in the train’s sequencing.

Santa Monica City Councilmember Pam O'Connor explained her delight to Santa Monica Next following the announcement:


Today is a major milestone and another step closer to the day when Expo Light Rail will begin its job of providing reliable rail service between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles and to the region’s growing rail network.

Metro doesn’t have full control over everything the Construction Authority built yet, however. The agency is waiting for the builders to hand over control of a maintenance facility on the Westside that will be used to keep the trains in good working order. At present, all the Expo Line’s trains are maintained at the same facility as the Blue Line's trains in Long Beach.

Once that second handover occurs, Metro promises to deliver a firm opening date for the train. When the rail line is running, Angelenos can expect consistent service between Downtown Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles in just 46 minutes, even during rush hour.

While we still aren’t officially sure when the train line will open, Metro has pretty consistently been saying Angelenos can expect their newest rail line to begin service in late-spring, sometime probably in May.

Of course, adding more track means Metro has to add more trains to their fleet to make-up for the line’s extra space. Unfortunately Metro expects there will be a shortage of rail stock right when the line opens. For a while, Metro wasn’t sure whether or not they would delay the opening the line until the shortage was bridged.

But it appears now the agency plans to open the line as soon as possible, with longer gaps of time between trains. Metro says Expo trains will service the Downtown to Santa Monica route every 12-minutes during rush hour, and every 20 minutes during day/evening hours.

As more rail-cars become available—they’re being built as you read this at a facility in Palmdale—service will eventually increase to every 6 minutes during rush hour, and every 10-20 minutes during the day/evening hours.



THE AWESOME TEAM AT "EXPO LINE FAN" has updated pictures from January 15th, 2016. With pics of the line and DTSM station. SO COOL!

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/expo-line/40891244
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The 1933 Light Rail Rapid Transit Plan for Los Angeles

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The next diagram on the left shows a cross-section of the downtown 4-track subway at a station mezzanine. Note the full height turnstiles and gates. The gates would be the kind that could be opened at night when there would be no station agent on duty. The diagram on the right shows a two-track subway at a station. It is interesting that the subway is so shallow there is no mezzanine. The assumption seems to be that fares would be collected on the trains.

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First Metrolink F125 completed
21 Jan 2016



USA: The first F125 Spirit diesel locomotive for Los Angeles commuter rail operator Metrolink is nearing completion at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in Muncie, Indiana, the operator announced on January 20.

Designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, the F125 Spirit is EMD’s first passenger diesel locomotive design for more than 20 years. The streamlined monocoque bodyshells incorporating crash energy management collision protection are being manufactured in Spain by Vossloh Rail Vehicles (now part of Stadler Rail), and fitted out in Muncie

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How could this shortage happen? Serious delays in the production/delivery of the trains, too few orders due to serious funding problems, or general incompetence?

The second thing which is surprising me is an off peak service frequency of 10 to 20 (!) min. This is a fairly central line to the system and it has a frequency which is more modest than some peripheral bus lines in some other cities.

Great news nonetheless. The light rail to the sea was seriously overdue. I am sure also tourists will be happy to use this new offer. One more destination to downtown/hollywood visitors where you don't have to rely on a car.


PS: Is the F125 Spirit designed to those "tank on tracks" standards? But maybe it looks so massive because of the quite impressive 200 km/h max speed. Such locomotives are rare in Europe if I am not mistaken. I am skeptical about the economics though. Doesn't it make more sense to go for electrification of a track where you plan to reach speeds at 160 km/h or above?
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Both. The F125 has all of the most stringent crash systems, and is more fuel-efficient.

Electrification is dependent more on frequency of trains and length of line. The British have been running 200 kph diesels since the 1970s.
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And not just more fuel efficient, but far less polluting!
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And not just more fuel efficient, but far less polluting!
Hooray for Teir 4 emissions standards!!
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200 km/h for a commuter rail loco? how much of the tracks have that speed limit? And are the stations far enough apart for the trains to reach those speeds?
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