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Old December 18th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #1061
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The original intent of the Green Line was to service the aircraft manufacturing industry, which has since shrunk considerably by the time the line opened.
I also hear the taxi lobby in LA is quite powerful, and did not want any competition from a rail spur.
Regardless LACMTA should have taken notes from Atlanta/DC/Chicago in building a direct connection to LAX when they were planning the Green Line. Now it is just a useless light rail line which goes from nowhere to nowhere.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #1062
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The LA taxi lobby has nothing on the LA bus riders' lobby
The taxi lobby, unlike the BRU, actually has the financial means and organization to influence political decisions. That being said, I think the group that ultimately stopped the Green Line short of LAX in the 90's was the NIMBYs in the surrounding neighborhood that opposed the aiport expansion/renovation.

That being on said, huge news today as if on cue:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,7377861.story

Light Rail Plans for Los Angeles International Airport


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Plans to build a light rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport advanced Monday with the unveiling of four potential station sites that would link to a people mover serving passenger terminals.

After years of pursuing separate transportation plans for LAX, Los Angeles World Airports and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority now are working together to develop options for a rail stop that could tie the Green Line and the planned Crenshaw Line to the nation's third-busiest airport.


"Our work over the past six months has brought us light-years from where we were before," said Paul Taylor, Metro's deputy chief executive, who noted that environmental clearances must be completed and funding secured before construction of an LAX station could begin.


The most expensive options are two underground station designs inside the central terminal area, west of Sepulveda Boulevard.


Another proposal calls for a station to be incorporated into a planned transportation center adjacent to Parking Lot C, near the northeast edge of the airport. The facility would serve light rail trains, buses, taxis, ride-share vans and charter vehicles.


The fourth possibility is to put a station about a mile east of LAX at Aviation and Century boulevards at Manchester Square, where a consolidated car rental facility and additional airport parking are planned....


Metro's share of the project cost ranges from $1 billion to $1.5 billion, depending on the option chosen, Taylor said. Airport officials do not yet have estimates of their share of the costs. If funding is secured, an LAX light rail station could be completed by 2020.

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Old December 19th, 2012, 01:37 AM   #1063
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Regardless LACMTA should have taken notes from Atlanta/DC/Chicago in building a direct connection to LAX when they were planning the Green Line. Now it is just a useless light rail line which goes from nowhere to nowhere.
What do you mean about a direct connection? No matter what they did with the west end of the Green Line you'd still have to change trains in Watts to get to the airport.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #1064
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Wait a second... Watts? Really? I thought there is a station close enough to LAX at Aviation/Century Blvd Station (close to Sepulveda Blvd)...
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Old December 19th, 2012, 03:23 AM   #1065
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 02:45 AM   #1066
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http://thesource.metro.net/2013/01/2...ct/#more-50253

Alternatives Analysis for SR 710 is out.

Options are No Build, TSM, Bust Rapid Transit, grade separated Light Rail, and digging the controversial freeway tunnel.

While I'm normally against building more freeways, if the goal is to move freight trucks more effectively, isn't that the only option?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 07:28 AM   #1067
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Alternatives Analysis for SR 710 is out.

Options are No Build, TSM, Bust Rapid Transit, grade separated Light Rail, and digging the controversial freeway tunnel.

While I'm normally against building more freeways, if the goal is to move freight trucks more effectively, isn't that the only option?
There's also the East Alameda Corridor, which does much the same thing (move freight more efficiently) without the sheer controversy I-710 North has.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 12:07 PM   #1068
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Here is a great comprehensive list of all Los Angeles Rail and BRT projects and where they stand.

1) Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase I light rail/ Construction/ $735 million

2) E Street Bus Rapid Transit Corridor/ Construction/ $192 million

3) Expo Line Phase II light rail/ Construction/ $1.5 billion

4) Crenshaw/LAX light rail/ Construction/ $1.749 billion

5) Perris Valley Line commuter rail/ Engineering/ $248 million

6) Westside Subway Extension/ Engineering / $6.29 billion

7) Regional Connector light rail/ Engineering/ $1.366

8) Wilshire BRT/ Engineering/ $32 million

9) Downtown LA Streetcar/ Engineering/ $125 million

10) Redlands Rail Line Phase 1 commuter rail/ Engineering/ $130-150

11) San Fernando Valley Corridors Phase 1 BRT/ Alternatives Analysis study/ $13 million

12) West Santa Ana Transit Corridor/ AA/ $1.075 - 3.217 million

13) Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2 light rail (to Montclair)/ AA/ $850 million

14) Gold Line Eastside Transit Corridor Phase II light rail/ AA/ $1.8 - 2.2. million

15) Metro Green Line South Bay Extension light rail/ AA/ $555 million

16) Aerial Tram San Bernardino to Big Bear/ AA/ $2.8 -5 million

17) East San Fernando Valley Corridor BRT or LRT/ AA/ $158 million

18) Green Line to LAX light rail or people mover/ AA/ $110 - 1.270 million

19) Anaheim Rapid Connection streetcar/ Engineering/ $319 million

20) Santa Ana and Garden Grove Fixed Guideway streetcar/ AA/ $180 - 250 million

21) Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 3 (to Ontario Airport) light rail/ Future Plan/ $308 - 399 million

22) Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor subway/light rail/BRT/ Future Plan/ $2.468 billion

23) Foothill Blvd East sbX BRT/ Future Plan/ $215 million

24) Holt Avenue/4th Street BRT/ Future Plan/ $208 million

25) Euclid Avenue to Corona BRT/ Future Plan/ $179 million

26) San Bernadino Avenue BRT/ Future Plan/ $119 million

27) Foothill Blvd West BRT/ Future Plan/ $166 million

28) Grand/Edison Avenues BRT/ Future Plan/ $179 million

29) Sierra Avenues BRT/ Future Plan/ $79 million

30) Riverside Avenues BRT/ Future Plan/ $174 milliom

31) Haven Avenues BRT/ Future Plan/ $109 million

32) Fullerton Streetcar/ Future Plan/ ?

33) Harbor Blvd. BRT (Fullerton to Costa Mesa)/ Future Plan/ ?

34) Westminster/17th BRT (Santa Ana to Long Beach)/ Future Plan/ ?

35) Bristol/State College BRT (Brea Mall-Irvine Transportation Ctr.)/ Future Plan/ ?

36) La Palma BRT/ Future Plan/ ?

37) Beach Blvd. BRT/ Future Plan/ ?

38) Edinger BRT/ Future Plan/ ?

39) Katella BRT/ Future Plan/ ?

40) Coachella to LA Commuter Rail/ Future Plan/ ?
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Thanks to Wonderlandpark from SSP and Curbed LA for the above list
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Old January 24th, 2013, 12:34 PM   #1069
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what about Metrolink extension in San Bernardino?

http://www.westcoastrailforums.com/thread-7146.html
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Old January 24th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #1070
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10) Redlands Rail Line Phase 1 commuter rail/ Engineering/ $130-150
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Old February 13th, 2013, 08:25 AM   #1071
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http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...las_flower.php

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Though some business owners are so fearful of coming construction for the Regional Connector subway line--which will link the Blue, Gold, and Expo Lines and reduce transfers--that they've dropped a few lawsuits on the project, it won't be that scary, The Source asserts in a new video. Metro is planning to use the cut-and-cover method to build tunnels under the Financial District. The businesses think this method, which involves excavating the street and roofing it over as the tunnels are built, will disrupt commerce; they want boring machines used instead. Utilities are being moved as we speak and full-on construction starts at the end of the year.

The first big cut-and-cover work will involve piling under Flower Street, aka building poles under the street to support the new street sections. For each train tunnel (there's a westbound and eastbound, naturally), it will take between four to six weeks per block to complete the piling--it will be done during the day and only require partial street closures. Next is the decking to create the temporary road, done about 50 feet at a time for between four and six months. Then the contractor will build the three stations for 18 to 24 months. After that, the decking is removed and Flower is repaved; this will take another four or six months and will be done on weekends
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Old February 14th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #1072
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What do you mean about a direct connection? No matter what they did with the west end of the Green Line you'd still have to change trains in Watts to get to the airport.
Well even if you have to change trains once it is still more convenient than waiting for a shuttle bus to take you to the airport which could get stuck in traffic.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 05:31 AM   #1073
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I know constantly repeating it does nothing to help, but I really wish they'd been able to find the money for a 5th/Flower station.

At least the pocket tracks will allow for it to be added in the future.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 07:13 PM   #1074
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SANTA MONICA | Big Blue Bus

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http://thesource.metro.net/2013/04/2...-line-phase-2/

Board approves station names for Expo Line Phase 2
Posted April 25, 2013 by Steve Hymon
Here are the station names for the second phase of the Expo Line that were just approved by the Metro Board. A motion by Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky changed the Exposition/Westwood to Westwood/Rancho Park.

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Westwood/Rancho Park
Exposition/Sepulveda
Exposition/Bundy
26th Street/Bergamot
17th Street/Santa Monica College
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http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/0..._extension.php

Take a Peek at Preliminary Art for the Expo Line Extension
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Metro recently hired eight artists to adorn the seven stations of the Expo Line light rail extension to Santa Monica (two artists, a muralist and a sculptor, will cover the terminus near the beach)--now the preliminary pieces are available for critiques. The new pieces, to be finalized in the fall, are "diminuitve" compared to the grand art of the Gold, Red, and Purple lines, says KCET. It's not an issue of cost-cutting, as all Metro rail projects devote a half-percent of their budget to artwork--instead the Expo Line stations are too small to accommodate giant pieces, saves for the Fourth and Colorado stop.
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Construction To Begin On Bundy Bridge For Expo Light Rail Line To Santa Monica
POSTED APR. 14, 2013, 9:23 AM
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Construction of Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail Line to Santa Monica is steaming forward with work crews turning their attention to the intersection of Bundy Drive and Exposition Boulevard for the installation of the falsework for the Bundy Bridge.

Construction will take place this Monday, April 15 through Thursday, May 16.

Works hours will be 9 pm to 6 am Sunday through Thursday.

Construction crews will erect falsework using timber and steel forms as a mold for the cast-in place concrete bridge that will span over Bundy Drive.

Falsework installation will be completed in phases and is expected to be completed in two weeks within the time frame provided.

Starting Monday, additional K-rail will be installed on the center of Bundy Drive at the Expo ROW crossing.

The intersection of Bundy Drive and Exposition Boulevard will remain open to vehicles and pedestrian traffic throughout these activities, however, left turns through the intersection will be prohibited throughout the bridge construction.

Starting April 21, northbound and southbound Bundy Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Olympic Boulevard to Tennessee Avenue; eastbound and westbound Exposition Boulevard will remain open – however left turns through the intersection will be prohibited throughout the bridge construction.

The work is being managed and performed by the Expo Phase 2 design-build contractor Skanska-Rados Joint Venture, and its subcontractors.
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Huge: Crenshaw Line Getting Leimert Park and Hindry Stops


Miracles do happen: the Metro board of directors voted 10 to 1 to approve funding for an underground Leimert Park station on the forthcoming Crenshaw Line light rail, as well as for a surface station for the line at Florence and Hindry in Westchester. Metro had hoped a contractor could build the stations while staying within the $1.7-billion budget for the line, but that either didn't happen or this latest plan is a contingency so that the stations get built no matter what.
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Metro Board votes to fully fund Leimert Park Village and Hindry stations for Crenshaw/LAX Line


Stations at Leimert Park Village and at Hindry and Florence avenues near Westchester for the Crenshaw/LAX Line light rail project were funded today by the Metro Board of Directors, ending a two-year long controversy over whether the stops would be built.

The vote was 10 to 1. The motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included five other co-signers — including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Supervisor/Metro Board Chair Mike Antonovich — meaning supporters only needed to drum up one more vote to secure approval from a majority of the Metro Board.
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LA Metro recently started adding turnstiles on the Red and Purple lines.
This coming Monday the last station (7th/Metro) will be "latched":

http://www.metro.net/riding/fares/latching-schedule/

This is the turnstile at Union Station, the first "latched" station in Los Angeles:


http://subwaynut.com/california/la_m...station/p2.php
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