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Old December 28th, 2005, 09:23 AM   #81
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Los Angeles MetroRail circa 2010. Expo and Gold Line Eastside Connection. Slowly but surely..

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Old December 28th, 2005, 09:33 AM   #82
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I rather see it like this

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Old December 30th, 2005, 08:30 PM   #83
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We all would. But what we have is good. It isn't the best..however far from the worst.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 02:49 PM   #84
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Other LA county buses.

Besides the MTA, cities around LA's metro area operate their own bus systems.

Here are some

Culver City









El Monte





Gardena





Glendale





Long Beach




Pasadena





Santa Monica



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Old January 14th, 2006, 03:12 AM   #85
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thanks wanch. i love the culver city green bus and the big blue bus. they actually look cool.
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Old March 16th, 2006, 06:59 AM   #86
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Los Angeles Introduces New Airport Bus Service

Car-choked Los Angeles gets new bus service

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2006 (AFP) - Renowned for its limited public transport and car-choked streets, Los Angeles authorities rolled out a new shuttle bus service Wednesday that will run between the train station and the city's LAX airport.

The public shuttle buses will run between Union Station and LAX, a distance of some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles), every half-an-hour, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters.

It is the first such service for the wider Los Angeles area which is laced with hundreds of kilometers of freeways and is home to some 17 million people.
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Old March 17th, 2006, 01:03 AM   #87
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this is the precursor to a direct LAX to Union Station Rail Line that hopefully will be built in the next 10 years.
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Old March 17th, 2006, 01:29 AM   #88
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Great news for public transportation. AV is doing a great job.

sportsfan, are there any links to the rail line you mentioned? I would like to find out more.
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Old March 18th, 2006, 07:38 AM   #89
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not that i know of, but i know that this line has been mentioned and i believe its in the long range plans of the MTA. Try the Transit Coalition webpage for news on this and any other rail line in LA, its a fantastic site.

http://boards.eesite.com/board.cgi?boardset=ExpoLine
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Old March 18th, 2006, 12:12 PM   #90
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Once every half hour, on a route between the airport and the station?
It's a very nice start, but I'm still pretty stunned by that.
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 04:34 PM   #91
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Here's the short range plan of LA Metro taken from their WEB SITE.
They really are looking to get LA up to snuff with public transit. Check out MTA.net for a bunch of information on current and planned improvement projects.


Short Range Transportation Plan
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The 2003 Short Range Transportation Plan focuses on the phasing of transportation improvements through 2009 that will help put together the pieces of our mobility puzzle. The Plan relies on performance-based modeling to identify the best solution for each mobility challenge. In total, $19.3 billion is needed to fund this Plan’s transportation priorities through 2009. These include the costs of operating the current system and funding new transportation solutions.

Highlights include:

Improve Quality of Local Bus Service. Through the creation of five new service sectors, Metro is improving customer service by providing communities with more input into operations and improving operations by using regional transit resources more efficiently. Local bus providers and Metro work together to provide efficient routing, service coordination, and to introduce new technology that will make travel more convenient, such as smart cards that allow seamless transfers. Metro is also developing a Hub and Spoke system to further improve customer service.

Expand the Metro Rapid Program. Twenty-eight new Metro Rapid bus lines will be implemented by 2009 that can reduce travel times for bus riders by 25 percent. This will result in over 400 miles of Rapid, high capacity bus service that will serve 34 cities and 11 unincorporated LA County communities.

Expand the County’s Light Rail System. The Pasadena Metro Gold Line was completed in 2003, and the Eastside extension will be ready by 2009. These will form a single operating line extending from East Los Angeles into the San Gabriel Valley. Another rail line, the Exposition line toward Culver City, is under design with completion after 2009 (subject to funding availability). Finally, preliminary design is planned to begin on a Gold Line extension eastward to Claremont.

Introduce Metro Transitways. New, cutting-edge bus service using dedicated traffic lanes will be introduced. The centerpiece will be the 14-mile exclusive San Fernando Valley Metro Orange Line, followed by a project along Wilshire Boulevard that proposes exclusive, peak hour access to buses, subject to approval by cities. Transitways in the San Fernando Valley (north/south alignment) and along Crenshaw Boulevard could be implemented as funding becomes available.

Improve Metrolink Service. Commuters will benefit from new trains that expand and improve service. To improve efficiency and reduce travel time, track work and signal upgrades will also be completed.

Expand the Countywide Carpool Lane System. Metro plans to add 70 lane miles of carpool lanes by 2009, resulting in a 517-mile network throughout the county. If additional funding becomes available, the carpool network could be expanded by another 82 miles. Specific improvements include completing carpool lanes and/or connectors along I-5, I-10, SR-14, SR-60 and I-405.

Improve Traffic Flow Through System Management. Information and technology, such as real-time management of our roadway system, will play larger roles in getting the most out of our system. Other programs like the Freeway Service Patrol will expand to bring traffic incident relief to more freeways and support freeway construction projects.

Encourage Alternatives to Driving Alone. Providing options to travelers is one way to reduce traffic congestion. Programs that encourage ridesharing, pedestrian travel, and move toward completion of a 406-mile Class I bicycle system will be developed and promoted. Metro will also implement parking policies for its Metro stations and explore a park-and-ride facility study.

Plan and Implement a Comprehensive Freight Movement Program. Metro will work with its partners to develop analytical tools and a strategic plan for addressing future goods movement growth. These partnerships will help develop dedicated funding sources that will pay for comprehensive freight related projects without impacting other transportation funding sources.

Implement Mechanisms to Link Growth with Transportation. The Mobility-21 Coalition for Los Angeles County will work to form public/private partnerships that can implement programs that provide meaningful incentives to better link land use and transportation planning.

The 2003 Short Range Transportation Plan was approved by Metro's Board on August 28, 2003.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 11:20 PM   #92
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LADOT & MTA. What's the difference?

I noticed that LA has 2 different transit systems, both of which are publicly funded. What is the reason for this? Is the bus network of MTA more limited than LADOT or vice versa? Any info would be appreciated.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #93
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MTA is much more exstensive than LAFOT. MTA runs Metrobus (local and express), Metrorail (subway and lightrail), bus rapid transit. LADOT runs free shuttles in downtown L.A.

MTA Bus map in bigger form: http://www.mta.net/riding_metro/ride....htm#TopOfPage
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http://www.ladottransit.com/

LADOT LogoThe City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County next to LACMTA. LADOT's transit fleet consists of nearly 400 vehicles which operate over 800,000 revenue hours and serve approximately 30 million passenger boardings per year.
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Old November 18th, 2006, 04:33 AM   #95
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LOS ANGELES | Public Transport

Crews finish dig on one Eastside tunnel
Giant twin boring machines are being used to carve two passages below ground for the Gold Line extension into Boyle Heights.
By Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
November 17, 2006

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/lo...tory?track=rss


A giant boring machine, nicknamed Lola, pushed through the dirt beneath Boyle Heights on Thursday, marking the completion of a subway tunnel that will eventually connect downtown to East Los Angeles.

"This is a huge breakthrough, literally and figuratively, for this community," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who grew up near the Boyle Heights construction site at 1st and Lorena streets.

The twin 1.7-mile tunnels are part of the $900-million Eastside extension of the Gold Line light-rail route through the Little Tokyo/Arts District, Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, ending at Atlantic and Pomona boulevards.

A second tunnel — being excavated by a similar boring machine, dubbed Vicki — still has about 1,000 feet to go before being completed within the next few weeks.

"We are moving forward," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who chairs the MTA board, pledging "to connect all of these communities by public transportation."

The six-mile extension will have eight stops, including two underground in Boyle Heights, and is slated to open in late 2009.

The trip from East Los Angeles to Union Station will take 17 minutes.

When the extension is completed, passengers will be able to travel from East Los Angeles to Pasadena without changing trains.

Plans are being discussed to eventually extend the rail line through the San Gabriel Valley to Ontario International Airport.

The Eastside tunnels were built about 60 feet below ground because the streets are too narrow for the light-rail trains.

The boring machines, which weigh more than 2 million pounds each and are 344 feet long and 22 feet in diameter, excavate, then line the tunnel with 1-foot-thick pre-cast concrete walls.

On average, the machines dig 50 feet of tunnel a day. In all, enough dirt has been removed to fill a football field 15 stories high.

The same tunneling technology was used on the Red Line subway and is proposed for connecting the Foothill Freeway in Pasadena with the Long Beach Freeway in Alhambra.

Boyle Heights resident Art Herrera has been working to get a commuter train through East Los Angeles since 1992, when plans to build a subway there were derailed.

Herrera, 70, envisions a light-rail system that not only eases the commute for area residents but also creates a bustling retail center, like the one in Hollywood, that attracts new visitors.

"It's going to bring a new dimension to the community," he said.


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Old November 18th, 2006, 08:58 AM   #96
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LA gets money for its metro from the whole state with the twirl of a finger, but when SF needs a new metro, we pay for it ourselves.

may this metro PLEASE be bestowed with inprofitable ridership.
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Old November 18th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #97
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What passenger railway in this country actually GETS a profiting patronage?
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Old November 18th, 2006, 11:29 AM   #98
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LA gets money for its metro from the whole state with the twirl of a finger, but when SF needs a new metro, we pay for it ourselves.

may this metro PLEASE be bestowed with inprofitable ridership.
Ummm, you guys already have a rail system in place for decades. We're just starting up.

And don't you worry, our ridership will be just as "inprofitable" as Frisco's!
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Old November 18th, 2006, 03:43 PM   #99
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Just in case it wasn't clear from the article, the tunnel is for an extension of the light rail Gold Line. The Gold Line presently runs from Pasadena to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The tunnel is on an extension from Union Station to East Los Angeles. An extension of the opposite end of the line is being planned in two phases. The first phase will be from Pasadena to Azusa and the second phase from Azusa to Montclair at the border between Los Angeles and San Bernardino conties. The Montclair terminus would still be several miles short of the Ontario Airport.



More photos can be found at the following link:

http://world.nycsubway.org/us/losangeles/gold.html

For more information on the Gold Line, see the following links:

http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/me.../gold_line.htm

http://www.metrogoldline.org/index2.html
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Old November 18th, 2006, 06:47 PM   #100
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What's with the ugly light rails in the US?
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