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Old March 14th, 2017, 01:15 AM   #2561
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Metro to Decide Planned Regional Connector Ped Bridge by DTLA Broad Museum





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Old March 14th, 2017, 12:38 PM   #2562
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AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR LAX LANDSIDE ACCESS MODERNIZATION PROGRAM


http://lawa.org/newsLAWA.aspx


For more information about the proposed LAX Landside Access Modernization Program, visit www.connectinglax.com and www.facebook.com/connectinglax.
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I like how the render uses an LRV from my city including the logo of our transit agency on the front
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And what city is that?
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Old March 15th, 2017, 02:03 AM   #2564
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Metro Seeks Contract Modifications to Avoid Service Disruptions During $66 Million Overhaul of Rosa Parks Station

Connection to the Blue Line at grade now.


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Old March 15th, 2017, 12:06 PM   #2565
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Stockholm.
What the LRVs look like originally: http://s64.photobucket.com/user/bjor..._3467.jpg.html
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Old March 17th, 2017, 07:11 PM   #2566
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Updates from the Purple Line underneath Wilshire/La Brea

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Old March 17th, 2017, 07:51 PM   #2567
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Curbed has an article about the new proposed budget and the damage it will do to municipal transit projects across the country. If Trump and Congress have their way, I guess we can probably kiss any hope of the Purple Line to Westwood by 2024 goodbye.

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The proposed Transportation Department budget of $16.2 billion—a 13 percent cut—would impact a host of programs that benefit both urban and rural communities. Such programs have been championed by mayors and city planners across the country, from Seattle to Orlando to expand rail and bicycle networks and create pedestrian-friendly streetscapes.

The New Starts program, which helps fund local transportation projects costing over $300 million (a sister program, Small Starts, assists with projects under that threshold), would be frozen. New applications to the program, which currently has $2.3 billion to spend annually through 2020, would be outright rejected, limiting any new grants and placing the onus on local and state government to fund additional projects. (Existing, in-process projects would still be able to draw from available funds.)

As noted by Streetsblog (“Trump’s Budget Takes an Axe to Transit”), New Start only makes up five percent of federal surface-transportation spending; the bulk of the budget, which provides grants to state transportation departments for roads and highways, won’t be affected. However, the New Starts program has been critical for mass transit expansion in cities across the country; the 2017 budget includes funding for light rail extensions in Boston, Charlotte, Portland, and Los Angeles, among others.

Streetblog writer Yonah Freemark compiled current applications for funding and found that dozens of cities and municipalities had been angling for New Start grant money for new transportation projects.



The new budget would also seek a half-billion reduction in TIGER grants, the economic recovery infrastructure program launched by President Obama in 2009. To date, the TIGER program has provided $5.1 billion for more than 400 road, rail, port, and transit projects. In 2016 alone, grants were awarded to programs of all sizes, all across the country: a complete streets upgrade in Broward, Florida; bus rapid transit expansion in Oakland, California; upgrades and improvements to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Atlanta, Georgia; and new bike lanes in Cleveland, Ohio.

These transportation cuts square with the policy proposals in the 2016 Republican party platform, which suggested phasing out and eventually cutting all federal funds for transit, walking, and biking programs in favor of highway and roadway funding.

As NACTO, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, noted in a statement about the budget draft today, which they said was a “disaster for cities and their transportation systems,” the cuts to the Department of Transportation, “while hitting critical programs, do not ultimately add up to even half of the touted $2.4 billion, 13 percent reduction. As the overall proposed budget for this agency is already lean, it is concerning that other anticipated cuts were not specified in the summary.”
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Old March 24th, 2017, 01:32 PM   #2568
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From Rail Journal

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=535

Los Angeles orders CRRC metro cars
Friday, March 24, 2017



LOS ANGELES County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has awarded CRRC a contract to supply 64 metro cars for the city’s Red and Purple lines, with options for up to 218 additional vehicles

The order could be worth up to $US 647m if all options are exercised, with funding drawn from a combination of local and federal sources

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Old March 26th, 2017, 07:58 PM   #2569
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Los Angeles orders CRRC metro cars
Friday, March 24, 2017

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Is it the first time that Chinese-built subway cars will be operated in an American subway system?
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Old March 26th, 2017, 07:59 PM   #2570
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Old March 31st, 2017, 11:59 PM   #2571
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The motors are going to sound awful... Why can't they just get Kinki Sharyo to build the subway trains! It's not like they can't just recycle the design for JR 323 series or something...
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Old April 7th, 2017, 11:10 PM   #2572
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Harriet the tunnel boring machine completes second rail tunnel for Crenshaw/LAX Line

http://thesource.metro.net/2017/04/0...nshawlax-line/

Nice milestone for the Crenshaw/LAX Line on Thursday morning: Harriet the tunnel boring machine arrived at the Leimert Park Station, thereby completing the second of the project’s twin rail tunnels on the underground section of the line.

The tunneling machine began its work on April 27 of last year and completed the first tunnel in the fall. Excavation of the second tunnel began on Nov. 29. Each tunnel is about one mile long — from the future Expo/Crenshaw Station at Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards to the Leimert Park Station at Crenshaw and 43rd. There is also a station in between at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Harriet excavated about 60 feet per day and removed 144,250 cubic yards of soil for the second tunnel. A crew of 75 workers manned the tunnel boring machine over three shifts, five days per week. The machine is named after Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist who freed slaves from the south via the Underground Railroad.

The Crenshaw/LAX Line will run for 8.5 miles between the Green Line and the Expo Line and includes eight new stations serving the communities of Crenshaw, Inglewood, Westchester and LAX. The project is projected to open in the fall of 2019. There is much more info on the project homepage on metro.net.

A ninth station — separate from this project — will be added at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Streets. Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line riders will use that station to transfer to a people mover being built by LAX that will serve the airport terminals. The airport is aiming to have the people mover completed by 2023.

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Old April 7th, 2017, 11:16 PM   #2573
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New pics: Regional Connector progress on Bunker Hill and in Financial District

http://thesource.metro.net/2017/04/0...cial-district/

You may have seen that tunnel mining on the Regional Connector began a few weeks back. As the tunnel boring machine (known as ‘Angeli’) moves west across DTLA at a rate of 50 to 60 feet per day, crews at the future Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station at 2nd/Hope prepare to receive the tunnel boring machine in mid to late May.

Concrete placement at the station — the deepest of the three new underground stations in DTLA — has been ongoing for a few weeks and you can see in these photos how the invert, or station floor, is formed. Once the TBM breaks through at the east end of the station, she’ll be ‘walked’ to the southwest end, where it will resume excavating until it reaches the intersection of Flower and 4th streets.

The photos also show the progress of the tunnel box construction beneath Flower Street. It’s a busy work zone as crews carefully maneuver excavation equipment approximately 40 feet below street level. Once the TBM cutter head and shield are retrieved, Angeli will be transported back to Little Tokyo to begin mining the second tunnel. You can read all about tunneling in this handy fact sheet from the project.

The $1.751-billion Regional Connector is a pair of 1.9-mile rail tunnels under downtown Los Angeles that will link the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines. The project is expected to be complete in 2021.

When finished, the Connector will create two separate light rail lines — one that runs between Santa Monica and East Los Angeles and the other that runs between Azusa and Long Beach. The two lines will share five stations in downtown L.A. The new arrangement will allow for more frequent and faster light rail service and will either eliminate or reduce transfers for most riders going to and through downtown Los Angeles.

The project is funded largely by the Measure R sales tax and a federal grant and loan from the Federal Transit Administration.







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Old April 18th, 2017, 06:20 PM   #2574
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Fresh Rendering for the LAX Metro Station

New station on the Crenshaw/LAX Line will connect to the LAX Automated People Mover.

by Steven Sharp on April 17, 2017, 8:39AM

Last December, the Metro Board of Directors certified the final environmental impact report for the proposed 96th Street Transit Station, which will create the long-sought rail link to LAX by connecting the Green and Crenshaw/LAX lines to a future automated people mover.

The $600-million project will span across 9.5-acre site located one mile east of the LAX central terminal area, with plans calling for three light rail platforms, a bus plaza, a bicycle hub and passenger pick-up and drop-off areas. An opening date is expected sometime between 2021 and 2023.

New renderings for the project have now emerged through a Metro presentation posted to r/LosAngeles. See them below.





























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Notice to proceed issued for section 2 of Purple Line Extension!

http://thesource.metro.net/2017/04/2...ine-extension/



This is a bit on the procedural side but still a nice little milestone: Metro on Wednesday issued a “notice to proceed” to Tutor Perini/O & G to begin work building the second section of the Purple Line Extension between Wilshire/La Cienega Station and Century City. The section will also include a station in downtown Beverly Hills serving Rodeo Drive.

Metro awarded the contract to Tutor Perini/O & G to build the project in January. Pre-construction will continue this year with major construction expected to begin in 2018 and completion no later than 2026 as per the agency’s agreement with the Federal Transit Administration. With the passage of Measure M, the agency has said it is aiming to finish the entire subway to Westwood by 2024 and in time for a potential 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Purple Line Extension’s first section is under construction between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega. Metro is scheduled to release a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on portions of section two later this year. The SEIS will not impact the project schedule.

Here are a couple of pages from a recent project fact sheet:





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Purple Line subway extension to Century City gets green light to move forward

https://la.curbed.com/2017/4/28/1547...y-construction

The Source says that major construction will begin next year. (Pre-construction has been underway and will continue through the year.)

Metro’s hoping to finish this leg of the extension and a third one to Westwood by 2024, so it would be in service for the 2024 Olympics, if they’re awarded to Los Angeles.

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Temporary congressional spending plan does not fund border wall

The forthcoming budget agreement, however, has maintained a certain amount of funding for mass transit initiatives in Democratic-leaning states, including $100 million of the requested $650 million needed to modernize and electrify California’s Caltrain network. The proposal also fulfills funding promises for two extensions of Los Angeles’s Purple Line subway extension, improvements for New York City’s L Train, and a new light rail extension in Denver, Colorado.
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 08:23 PM   #2576
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Glad to see that there's progress with the Purple Line, but wondered why there's only one entrance for the planned Metro stations. Lots of urban metros have at least two entrances on different sides of the streets or different streets for busy stations. I would think that the Century City station would merit more than one entrance.
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 03:19 AM   #2578
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LA has that a lot. my thinking is that there are probably two reasons: cost of construction and property acquisition (remember that for some reason, LA metro doesn't build on top of its stations); and increased security with lower staffing and maintenance costs.
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 05:02 AM   #2579
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Glad to see that there's progress with the Purple Line, but wondered why there's only one entrance for the planned Metro stations. Lots of urban metros have at least two entrances on different sides of the streets or different streets for busy stations. I would think that the Century City station would merit more than one entrance.
Huh...most stations have two, at least most that I use. But here, this is West LA, Beverly Hills etc....real estate is $$$$$$$$$$$$.
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Very excited about this...

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