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Old May 15th, 2014, 06:11 PM   #1301
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It needs to be a subway through the pass, and it needs to be connected to the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor to eventually extend from Sylmar to LAX. Measure R2 can accelerate the timeline assuming passage in 2016. Measure J 'failed' with 66.11% of the vote; even better would be if the state legislature can reduce the threshold of passage to 55%. Nonetheless, the openings of the Exposition Line and Gold Line Extension, as well as progress on the Crenshaw Line, Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension should provide deliverables that boost public support.

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L.A. looking to spend billions to improve traffic
BY JORDAN GRAHAM May 12, 2014 Updated May 13, 2014 12:33 p.m.



The way in which people travel to, from and around the San Fernando Valley will significantly transform over the next three decades.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other agencies are set to pour billions of dollars into beefing up bus and rail lines, freeways and bikeways. The result will better link Valley residents to each other and connect L.A.’s northernmost regions with the rest of the city.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #1302
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Old May 21st, 2014, 12:05 AM   #1303
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Los Angeles subway getting $2.1B federal promise.
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD
05/20/2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles' growing public transit network is receiving another big dose of cash from the federal government.

The office of Sen. Barbara Boxer says that on Wednesday, federal and local transportation officials will sign a $1.25 billion grant for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to extend a subway line into Beverly Hills. The project also will receive a $856 million federal loan.

The money will help build four miles of new track, which is projected to be completed in nine years.

After that, Metro wants the Purple Line to go under Beverly Hills and end on the west side of Los Angeles.

Opponents of the extension have sued, saying the tracks should not go under Beverly Hills High School.

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Old May 28th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #1304
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At long last:

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Union Station to get $350 million in track upgrades



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Reviving a decades-old idea, Los Angeles transportation officials are planning $350 million in track improvements at Union Station that could dramatically reduce travel times for many trains and accommodate future growth of the famous terminal.

The Southern California Regional Interconnector Project is designed to benefit travelers by installing four sections of track that will enable Amtrak and Metrolink trains to run straight through the terminal, eliminating the 15 to 20 minutes it now takes to enter and exit the station at its lone north entrance. All tracks now dead-end in the terminal area.

The interconnector will significantly reduce turnaround times by extending several tracks out the south end of the station. They will cross over the 101 Freeway, turn to the left and connect with existing tracks heading north, south and east.

With the new layout, many trains would stop for just a few minutes or not at all if they were expresses. Planners say that would increase Union Station's capacity 40% to 50%....

Sepulveda said about 30% of the project's planning has now been completed and the Metro board has hired a consultant to finish the earlier environmental review. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 and be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.

The project is being funded by state and federal grants as well as revenue from Measure R, the county's sales tax to raise money for transportation projects.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 06:42 PM   #1305
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i wonder why it wasnt built this way from the beginning. Funding issues? It doesnt makes sense to leave it the way it is now.

The fact that this will increase capacity by 40 - 50% is amazing. Union Station will be a very busy place once all the new lines are completed and all these improvements are very welcomed
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Old May 29th, 2014, 09:44 AM   #1306
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An interesting discovery in Los Angeles:

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Old May 29th, 2014, 05:40 PM   #1307
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Hopefully that doesn't stop work on the line. I recall that a similar discovery in Miami led to a big legal fight between the developer and some preservation groups.
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i wonder why it wasnt built this way from the beginning. Funding issues? It doesnt makes sense to leave it the way it is now.

The fact that this will increase capacity by 40 - 50% is amazing. Union Station will be a very busy place once all the new lines are completed and all these improvements are very welcomed
A side benefit to the project is that since SCRIP requires raising the track bed above, it may allow for Metro to open up additional concourse space below. One step closer to this:

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Old May 30th, 2014, 08:32 AM   #1309
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Oh great, didnt realize they have to raise the track bed
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 10:57 PM   #1310
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Behold Union Station's Huge Plans: Underground Concourse, New Terminal, Fred Harvey Revived



Metro is teasing their huge master plan for the 75-year-old Union Station and it's looking pretty blockbuster. Starting with the short term, according to The Source: First, the agency plans a $350-million track redesign that will cut down on transfers and wait time for Amtrak and Metrolink commuter trains. Next, Metro will ditch that ugly surface parking lot in front of the grand old station and replace it with a civic plaza that could include outdoor dining and an esplanade facing Alameda Street. The lovely old ticket room and Fred Harvey restaurant, now empty, could finally house new restaurants soon. Next up, Metro wants to move the Patsouras Transit Plaza—where numerous buses, including the Dodger Express, take off—from the rear of Union Station to the east side of Union Station, but that will require that Metro acquire the nearby Mozaic apartments and tear them down.

Much of the impetus for the new plans is an expected increase in patronage; today's 70,000 daily riders could explode to 140,000 by 2040, assuming the high-speed rail line ever gets built. Should that happen, Metro will build a separate terminal for HSR behind Union Station, connecting it to the rest of the station with elevated pedestrian and bike bridges that will rise over the railyard.

A new grand concourse will take the opposite tack: it will be underground, below the platforms where people board and exit Amtrak, Metrolink, and Gold Line trains (though by then, thanks to the Regional Connector, the Gold Line will likely be called the Blue Line and will travel from Long Beach to Azusa). The new subterranean concourse will be 30 feet wide, seven feet wider than the current one, and lined with shops and amenities. The entrance to the Red and Purple Lines will remain the same.





Metro also hopes to develop much of the fallow and underused land that surrounds Union Station. The rendering with the skyscrapers is just conceptual, but the agency hopes to develop about 3.25 million square feet of hotels, office space, and retail (no residential?) around the station.





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Old June 18th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #1311
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From The Source:

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Metro staff recommends new light rail station at Aviation/96th Street to connect to future LAX people mover
June 16, 2014



One of the ongoing projects that we’ve been following closely is the Airport Metro Connector, which seeks to connect the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the growing Metro Rail network. This is obviously a project of great interest given that LAX is the third busiest airport in the United States and many other airports in the U.S. and abroad are connected to local rail systems.

A new Metro staff report released today (above) recommends that one alternative for the project be studied more intensively: building a new rail station near Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street to serve trains along the Crenshaw/LAX and Green Lines. The station would also be the “gateway” transfer point to an Automated People Mover that would take people to the airport terminals. The people mover would be built by LAX.

Metro will evaluate the light rail part of this alternative — i.e., the new rail station — in the project’s upcoming environmental clearance document. The planners at LAX would study the Automated People Mover.

The new Metro Rail station would be about .4 miles north of the future Aviation/Century station that will also serve both the Crenshaw/LAX and Green Lines. The idea, according to the Metro staff report, is that the 96th Street Station would be the gateway for passengers headed to LAX while the Aviation/Century station would connect riders to the many businesses along the Century Boulevard corridor.

A new analysis by Metro staff also found that this alternative would deliver about the same number of riders to LAX as running a light rail line directly to the airport terminals. The analysis also found that the recommended alternative would get people to the terminals in about the same amount of time, cost far less to build and could be built sooner, with a completion date perhaps as early as 2022, depending on when LAWA builds the people mover.

The preferred alternative was developed in close cooperation with planners and officials at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city of Los Angeles agency that oversees the airport.

Over the past several years, LAWA has been finalizing details on its current modernization plan, which includes the people mover, a new ground transportation hub (known as the Intermodal Transportation Facility or ITF) and a consolidated rental car facility. LAWA’s current plans are to build the people mover just north of 96th Street en route to the Crenshaw/LAX corridor. Here is the link to the latest LAWA presentation on their ground transportation program.

The people mover would also include a station at the ITF to be built by LAWA on the northwest corner of 98th Street and Airport Boulevard. That facility would serve as a pick-up and drop-off point for airport passengers and, according to LAX, would allow passengers to check in for flights and check their baggage. LAX is studying whether to build two or four people mover stations to serve the airport terminals.


The public policy question hovering over the Airport Metro project over the past few years has been how to best connect the existing Green Line and future Crenshaw/LAX Line to the airport?

Other cities have also wrestled with trying to determine whether it’s best to build a rail line directly into airports or instead build a special airport train that connects airport terminals with the local transit system. The latter approach is the one used at Phoenix Sky Harbor, Miami International, JFK in New York and Oakland International Airport.

LAX poses particular challenges with seven terminals spread out along a horseshoe shaped road with runways and tarmacs on all sides of the horseshoe. That means that running light rail into the airport requires lengthy and expensive train tunnels as well as a limited number of stations and longer trips for riders not bound for the airport. The Metro Board of Directors formally eliminated those options from further consideration in January.

Some other interesting factoids from the new Metro staff report:
  • A Metro Rail-people mover connection resulted in about the same ridership as having a light rail line run directly into the airport terminals, according to Metro’s ridership forecasts. In the future, it’s expected that about 57 percent of airport bound passengers would arrive by private car, 33 percent by shuttles, taxis and limos, eight percent by the Flyaway bus and one to two percent via transit buses and trains. Keep in mind that about 66.6 million passengers used LAX in 2013, meaning even small percentages can add up to a lot of people.


  • Building rail into the terminal area could be three times as expensive with a cost of $4.9 billion to $5.2 billion compared to connecting the people mover to light rail at 96th and Aviation (alternative A2).


  • The chart below shows the average walk times involved in using Metro Rail and the people mover to reach airport terminals — assuming LAX builds two people mover stations to serve the terminals.


  • Here’s the operating plan for the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Green Line with a station at 96th/Aviation along with the future Aviation/Century station that is being built as part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line project:


  • Building a light-rail spur line from the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line into the airport could have had serious operational impacts for Metro Rail. The big problem: it would have involved longer and less frequent trips for many Metro Rail passengers not headed to airport or near-airport destinations.
  • In order to reach the furthest airport terminal, Metro staff estimates that it would take 32.2 minutes from the Crenshaw/Expo station on the Crenshaw/LAX Line, 31.4 minutes from the Green Line’s Redondo Beach station and 50.7 minutes from the Green Line’s Norwalk station.
  • As the report says, if LAWA decides not to support Metro’s staff recommended alternative, Metro then would work with LAWA staff on a transfer to the people mover at the Aviation/Century station.
  • Also from the study and worth noting: Metro and LAWA have yet to discuss “funding assignments” for the project between the two agencies. LAWA still must make final decisions on the airport’s Ground Transportation Program, which includes the people mover.

The Metro Board is scheduled to consider the Metro staff recommendation at their Planning Committee meeting at 2:30 p.m. on June 18 and Construction Committee meeting at 10:15 a.m. on June 19. Both meetings will be held in the Board Room at Metro Headquarters adjacent to Union Station and, as always, are open to the public. The full Board of Directors are scheduled to take up the issue at their meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 26 at Metro HQ.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #1312
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Press conference of 57-hour old railway bridge demolition, which is in front of one of LAX main entrance and spanning Century Boulevard. The bridge is rebuild for new Crenshaw/LAX LRT:


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Old June 25th, 2014, 05:35 AM   #1316
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This is the 'public transport' thread. Not the highway thread.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 01:42 AM   #1318
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New train station at 96th and Aviation approved that will connect to the LAX people mover!



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"should include check-in counters, flight information boards, vendors and currency exchange locations. The board also asked transit officials to review baggage check facilities at similar airport transportation centers in other cities and determine whether that service could be added."
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Check-in counters at the station would be clutch. But it's hard to imagine they could pack in counters for every airline at LAX, so I'd bet it will strictly be those electronic self-service kiosks.
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What is the main reason they didn't just put the people mover to Aviation/Century?
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