The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board was joined by other local elected officials today to officially break ground on the 8.5-mile Exposition light rail line. Once completed in 2010, the Expo Line will link downtown to Culver City and will provide an alternative to the heavily congested I-10 Santa Monica freeway.“Today marks the beginning of construction on this vital transportation project that will bring relief to the thousands of daily commuters that travel between downtown Los Angeles and the Westside,” said LA County Supervisor and Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board Chair Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. “This is truly an historic day as we embark on building a light rail system that will serve this heavily traveled corridor.”
Metro urges Los Angeles commuters to share the ride the week of Oct. 2-6 and beyond as part of the annual California Rideshare Week, a statewide campaign to reduce solo driving that is causing major traffic congestion on the state’s streets and freeways.
Construction crews for the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension construction project will begin installation of new manholes, sanitary sewer lines and laterals at the south side of First Street between Lorena and Indiana streets Monday, Sep. 25.
First Street will be closed for the next two weekends between Anderson Street and the 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights due to installation of new sanitary lines and storm drains. The work will begin Friday, at 6 p.m., on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 and will continue all weekend until Monday, at 6 a.m. on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
Southland transit agencies presented coveted Golden Pylon Awards to five TV and radio traffic reporters, Wednesday. Their careful reporting helps keep Southland traffic moving by promoting rideshare options like carpool lanes, said Alan Holmes, Ventura County Transportation Commission rideshare coordinator who served as master of ceremonies.
There will be a community meeting Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Glendale Central Library to discuss construction of a soundwall along the Ventura 134 Freeway in Glendale. Speakers will provide information on the project, planned to extend from Louise Street to Harvey Drive, as well as answer questions. There will also be displays and contractor staff available to provide project updates.
In a hurry? Metro has a brand new map that shows, at a glance, bus lines that run every 12 minutes or less throughout the county. No timetable necessary. The “12-Minute” Map is the latest Metro tool to help riders get where they want to go more easily. And it may be the first of its kind in the country.
On display on Metro buses and rail cars through early December are two new posters celebrating Los Angeles County destinations customers can travel to via Metro. Commissioned by Metro Art, the new posters are “Pomona” by Sonia Romero and “Alhambra” by Phung Huynh.
Increasing numbers of people who have cars available are taking Metro, according to the newest Metro Customer Satisfaction Survey, which polled 15,752 riders. The percentage of Metro riders who have transportation alternatives, such as cars, but instead choose to take public transportation continued to rise, from 22 percent in fall, 2002, to 34 percent in the latest survey. If the trend continues, it could mean that mass transit in Los Angeles is luring riders off freeways and streets and onto public transportation, although further study is needed.
Various Metro Bus Lines will experience delays and will be detoured in the downtown Los Angeles, Echo Park, Hollywood, Fairfax, West Los Angeles and Venice areas due to the running of the 7th annual LA Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 10.
Metro Art will offer three artist workshops in September to inform interested artists about upcoming opportunities in the Metro system including stations along the Mid-City Exposition light right line. Artists may choose to attend any one of the workshops.
In observance of Labor Day, all Metro Buses and Metro Rail trains will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, September 4, 2006.
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