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Old February 28th, 2016, 06:31 AM   #2061
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 12:13 AM   #2062
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Google Maps currently visualizes the Gold Line as a near-loop, with a missing part in Little Tokyo (currently shut down due to Regional Connector construction)

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Old March 4th, 2016, 07:40 AM   #2063
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Old March 4th, 2016, 03:59 PM   #2064
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Seems like just yesterday I was watching them build the Expo Line here!
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Old March 4th, 2016, 04:13 PM   #2065
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Google Maps currently visualizes the Gold Line as a near-loop, with a missing part in Little Tokyo (currently shut down due to Regional Connector construction)

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wow I reported that weeks ago and I'm sure many others did too but they still didn't fix it.
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Old March 4th, 2016, 04:47 PM   #2066
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The LA Light Rail is fast...
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Old March 4th, 2016, 07:10 PM   #2067
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March 3, 2016 Updated March 4, 2016 7:56 a.m.

ANAHEIM – Katella Avenue, Disney Way and Harbor Boulevard are the roads city officials say a $298.7 million streetcar should travel to get people from the ARTIC transit hub to Disneyland and the Convention Center.

If approved, the 3.2-mile route would have eight stops, including a new transportation center built by Disneyland Resort where park visitors could hop off buses, taxis and the new streetcar. A revised map will be unveiled today, showing how the streetcar will run on tracks, sharing traffic lanes with vehicles traveling some of Anaheim‘s busiest roads.

“If a streetcar doesn’t make sense here, where else would it make sense?” City Engineer Rudy Emami said. “When you look at the growth in the area, and the number of hotels being built here, this is something that is needed.”



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Old March 5th, 2016, 04:37 AM   #2068
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Metro Gold Line - The Best View Point of The Entire Line
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Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension is opening this Saturday! Metro Gold Line opened in 2003, The groundbreaking of Foothill Extension was on June 26, 2010. Yes, It took almost 6 years!

Anyway, This video features Metro Gold Line from Los Angeles to Azusa including East Los Angeles Extension, the new Foothill Extension which opens on March 5th in 2016, and more than 15 spots including a Kinkisharyo P3010 new rail car, BNSF Pasadena Local in Azusa and more! I believe Metro Gold Line has the best scenery of all Metro Rail Lines in Los Angeles. I shot this video with Sony FDR-AX100 in 4K resolution.
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They had the opening ceremony for the new stations 6 months ago, in early September, on the day that I rode it (not the extension).

About time they actually serve the stations with trains!
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No small sound walls to dampen some of the noise on the viaduct in the first few seconds of the video?
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Old March 6th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #2071
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San Gabriel commuters cheer as Gold Line rail extension officially opens

Los Angeles County dignitaries opened the first new stretch of Metro rail in nearly four years Saturday before a joyful, excited crowd of rail fans and residents of the San Gabriel Valley.

The $1-billion, 11.5-mile extension of the Gold Line will connect six stations in five cities to Southern California's fast-growing Metro rail network. The Gold Line is now 31 miles long, the longest in the system.

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Old March 7th, 2016, 04:42 AM   #2072
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Old March 7th, 2016, 11:28 AM   #2073
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Fiery crash on 210 Freeway severs just-opened Gold Line between Pasadena, Arcadia

PASADENA >> Less than one day after commuters rejoiced in the long-anticipated opening of the expanded Gold Line light-rail route connecting Pasadena to Azusa, a fiery big rig crash early Sunday brought the trains to a halt between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations in Pasadena and the newly-operational Arcadia station, officials said.

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The carpool lane and left-hand lane of the westbound 210 Freeway remained closed until shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, as crews cleared the still-hot wreckage and debris from the roadway and median, officials said.

But the train route remained shut down as workers made repairs, according to Metro.

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Old March 7th, 2016, 06:10 PM   #2074
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Old March 11th, 2016, 11:57 AM   #2075
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Gold Line Foothill Ext opening day


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Old March 12th, 2016, 12:37 AM   #2076
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Metro to unveil mass transit blueprint that includes tunnel through the Sepulveda Pass


An extension of the Metro Gold Line is among the proposed transit projects that would be funded if voters approve a sales tax increase in November that seeks to raise $120 billion for transportation.

By Laura J. Nelson

March 11, 2016, 12:52 PM


Seeking to build public support for a $120-billion ballot measure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is poised to release a sweeping proposal that would dramatically expand rail service throughout Los Angeles County over the next half-century.

The list of projects includes a long-discussed tunnel through the Sepulveda Pass -- one that could include a rail line and toll freeway -- as well as new light rail lines in the San Fernando Valley and southeastern L.A. County and faster bus service on some major corridors, according to two officials who have been briefed on the plan but were not authorized to speak publicly.

Voters will likely be asked in November to extend an existing half-cent sales tax for two more decades, and raise the county's sales tax rate by an additional half-cent for four decades or longer. The taxes would raise an estimated $120 billion.

The measure, which needs a two-thirds majority to pass, would boost Los Angeles County's base sales tax rate to 9.5%.

Some details have yet to be worked out, the officials said Friday, including the exact division of funding between new transit lines, Metro operations and repairs, and disbursements to municipal governments.

As currently envisioned, the plan would funnel about one-third of the $120 billion into full or partial funding for five new transit lines and at least six extensions of lines that are already built or under construction, the officials said.

The cornerstone of the proposal is the Sepulveda Pass tunnel, which would link the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. Early estimates place the price tag at $7 billion and $9.5 billion.

Beyond the tunnel, the project list appears carefully constructed to gain voter support in all areas of the vast county, with rail lines, highway projects and other proposed improvements reaching communities as far-flung as Sylmar, Torrance, Artesia and Claremont.

“In terms of the order of these projects, what’s going to be at the beginning and what’s at the end, and how it’s all rolled out, that’s all being finalized,” Metro spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas said. “There’s been a tremendous amount of work that went into this, keeping in mind that this is a regional system for everyone in the county.”

She declined to comment on any specific projects until the list is released publicly.

“What we’ve been saying is, everyone is going to get something, and no one is going to get everything,” Tonilas said. “And not everything can be built in the next 15 years.”

The construction plan could be transformative for traffic-choked Los Angeles County, which began building a modern rail system a generation ago, decades after other major cities. The plan would provide several critical north-south links in a rail network that runs largely east to west, along abandoned freight rights-of-way that Metro purchased in the 1990s.

But critics say the proposal could be a disaster for an agency that sometimes struggles to manage the budget it has now. Despite major investments over the last decade, ridership has dropped on buses and trains. The 405 Freeway widening was completed years behind schedule. The Downtown Regional Connector budget has already increased by $130 million, or 9%, and tunneling has not begun.

The officials briefed on the plan said the ballot measure proposal includes full or partial funding for the following projects:

A Sepulveda Pass tunnel

One way to escape traffic on the 405 is to tunnel around it.

The massive tunnel proposal could connect with the Orange Line busway in Woodland Hills, the Purple Line in Westwood, and the Expo Line in West L.A.

Some transportation officials see the tunnel as a strong candidate for a public-private partnership. A global firm would probably shoulder a significant portion of the construction costs in exchange for a share of the revenue from the toll operations.

Transit improvements in the San Fernando Valley

The San Fernando Valley, home to nearly 20% of Los Angeles County residents, has just two of Metro's 86 rail stations. Residents there have long argued that L.A.'s rail building boom has left them in the dust.

Metro officials have proposed two major improvements that would directly benefit the Valley, in addition to the Sepulveda Pass project.

One is a proposed 9.2-mile rapid transit corridor along Van Nuys Boulevard, connecting the Orange Line with the Sylmar Metrolink station. Planners envision the line as light-rail, but the project could also be a bus line.

The other is a series of upgrades to the Orange Line, a dedicated busway that sees 30,000 boardings a day between Chatsworth/Warner Center and North Hollywood. Metro staff say they hope to build some bridges and re-time traffic signals to cut down on buses idling in traffic.

The proposal would also include some funding to convert the Orange Line to light-rail, sources said, although not enough to cover the estimated price tag of $1.2 billion to $1.7 billion. That upgrade would shave about 15 minutes off the trip from Warner Center to the North Hollywood Red Line station.

A rapid transit line between downtown Los Angeles and Artesia

The West Santa Ana Branch project would run 20 miles through southeastern Los Angeles County, connecting Union Station and Artesia. The project -- either a bus line or a train -- would run through a string of lower-income communities where transit ridership is high.

More rail in eastern Los Angeles County

Last weekend, Metro began running passenger trains on 11.5 new miles of the Gold Line, through the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.


This proposal would fund another extension farther east, through Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont, ending in Montclair.

It would also provide funding for one or more extensions of the eastside Gold Line, which currently stops in East Los Angeles. There are currently two proposed routes, one that would run to South El Monte along the 60 Freeway, and one that would go to Whittier along Washington Boulevard.


Speeding up the Purple Line

The final leg of the Wilshire Boulevard subway, from Century City to Westwood, isn't slated to be finished for 20 more years. Metro has asked the federal government for funds to accelerate construction so the entire line could open by 2024.

If federal funds don't come through, the ballot measure would provide that funding.

A train station at Los Angeles International Airport

Metro finally has plans to connect mass transit to LAX, but the station where trains would arrive has not been funded yet.

The $200-million station would connect Metro's Crenshaw Line, now being built, to a proposed aerial, monorail-like system that would carry passengers to their terminals.

Officials envision the station as a transit hub for the region, where multiple train lines converge, and where loved ones can pick up airport travelers without braving the traffic of LAX's central terminal area. The stop could also include check-in counters, flight information boards, vendors and currency exchange locations.

Rail on Vermont Avenue

Vermont is the second-most traveled corridor in the county, and one of the most heavily used bus routes. This project would run 3 miles underneath or along Vermont, between the Purple Line subway and the Expo Line light-rail line along Exposition Boulevard.

Extending the Green Line to Torrance

Metro officials have studied an 8.7-mile extension of the county's first light-rail line, which connects Norwalk to Redondo Beach. The route would run roughly parallel to the 405 Freeway, ending near Crenshaw Boulevard.

Officials have also discussed closing the 2.8-mile gap between the Green Line and the Norwalk Metrolink station. But whether that project will receive funding is still unclear.

More money for faster buses

Metro already operates two "bus rapid transit" projects: the Orange Line through the Valley, and 7.7 miles of bus-only lanes on Wilshire, the county's most-traveled corridor.

The measure would provide funding for two more projects along key routes: Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica and Venice, and the path of the express bus that connects North Hollywood and Pasadena.

Crenshaw Line extension to Hollywood

One common complaint with the Metro rail network is that it's easier to travel from east to west than it is from north to south.

Agency polling indicates Metro has considered a six-mile extension that would run north and south through Hollywood and the Mid-City area. The route would run south from the Hollywood/Highland Red Line station in Hollywood, connect with the Wilshire Boulevard subway and end at the Exposition and Crenshaw lines in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw.

Metro's board of directors will vote in June whether to place the measure on the November ballot. Some have expressed concern that a crowded field of measures could complicate the initiative's chances of winning.

Los Angeles County voters have raised taxes three times to pay for transportation projects, in 1980, 1990 and 2008. The newest tax, known as Measure R, provided most of the funding for the Gold Line extension to Azusa that opened last week and the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica that is scheduled to begin service May 20.

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IN LA , which way do people like (when they have options) to go to work ? Public transport or driving ?

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