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News Releases from June, 2006

June 29, 2006
New Shuttle Links Metro Red Line with Hollywood Bowl -- And It’s Free to Metro Riders

As anyone who has ever parked at the Hollywood Bowl knows, the simple act of driving there can seriously impede concert enjoyment. In short, getting out of that stacked parking place after the concert can make you cranky. But this year Metro and the Hollywood Bowl have joined forces to make getting there even easier.

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June 28, 2006
July Regular Monthly Meetings Set for Metro Community-based Transit Service Sector Governance Councils

Metro’s community-based transit service sector governance councils will hold their regular monthly public meetings in July to discuss various transportation issues in their service sectors.

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June 28, 2006
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina Named Chair of The Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina will become Chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors July 1.

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June 27, 2006
Mayor Villaraigosa and Union Leaders Announce Tentative Agreement on Transit Labor Contracts

LOS ANGELES—City of Los Angeles Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chair Antonio Villaraigosa, MTA Board members, transit union leaders and MTA executives today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached between the MTA and the three largest labor unions representing its operators, maintenance workers, and clerks.

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June 27, 2006
Mayor Villaraigosa and Union Leaders Announce Tentative Agreement on Transit Labor Contracts

LOS ANGELES—City of Los Angeles Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chair Antonio Villaraigosa, MTA Board members, transit union leaders and MTA executives today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached between the MTA and the three largest labor unions representing its operators, maintenance workers, and clerks.

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June 26, 2006
New Service will Carry Metro Orange Line Riders to Malibu Mountains and Beaches via Parklink

Love the mountains and beaches but not the crowds or the traffic? Metro can help carry Orange Line riders to Malibu with a brand new service and, on the same trip, link them with beauty spots in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. As a bonus, the entire trip can be made for only the cost of a Metro ticket or pass.

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June 26, 2006
Go Metro to Salute America on July 4 and Get A Free Soft Drink with Purchase of a Meal

Metro’s award for Best Transportation System in America and a July 4 re-enactment of Los Angeles’ first Fourth of July celebration, complete with cannon and musket fire, will be among the highlights of this year’s Salute America event at historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, Olvera Street, in downtown Los Angeles. Metro will not only take you there, riding it will entitle you to a free soft drink with a lunch purchased at El Paseo Restaurant on Olvera Street. All that’s necessary is to show a valid Metro ticket or pass to receive this special offer.

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June 23, 2006
Metro Schedules Triple Bus Service Improvements for San Fernando Valley

Major new Metro Bus improvements in the San Fernando Valley were announced today by Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Councilmember Wendy Greuel, Metro and other officials at a press conference.

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June 22, 2006
New Metro Orange Line Presentation Distributed to More Than 30,000 San Fernando Valley Residents

• Interactive Driver’s Ed presentation includes messages from public officials and provides drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists with actual views of Metro Orange Line intersections

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June 22, 2006
Work on First Street for Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Set to Begin Monday, June 26; Utilities Will Be Relocated From Alameda to Vignes Streets

Beginning Monday, June 26, Metro Gold Line construction crews will begin the installation of sanitary sewer lines and manholes on the north side of First Street from Alameda to Vignes streets.

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June 21, 2006
Go Metro to the Twilight Dance Series at Santa Monica Pier

For 10 consecutive Thursday evenings throughout the summer, Santa Monica Pier will offer free concerts by cutting-edge artists in rock, reggae, Latin and folk music.

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June 19, 2006
Go Metro and Get Discount Admission to Annual Chinatown Food Festival, June 24 and 25

Enjoy the regional foods of China -- Shanghai spareribs, dim sum dumplings and rice of many styles -- from the best restaurants of Chinatown at the third annual Chinese Food Festival, June 24 and 25 in Chinatown. Save gas money by taking Metro and even get a $2 discount off regular ticket prices for doing so. Simply show your Metro ticket or pass at the festival entrance to receive the discount. The Metro Gold Line Chinatown station is just a short walk from the festival entrance. Regular tickets prices, including food tasting, are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for juniors.

 

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June 16, 2006
Metro Earns Awards at Rail Rodeo

The Metro Rail maintenance team of Ronnie Burt, Eric Czintos and Rafaele Mastrangelo took second place at the 14th annual American Public Transit Association (APTA) International Rail Rodeo in New York City June 10. The Rail Rodeo is a series of events testing train operator and rail maintenance skills.

 

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June 15, 2006
Go Metro to Little Tokyo Concert and Food Fair

Sushi, tempura, teriyaki, noodles, sweet rice cakes and other international delicacies will be offered in every price range at the Little Tokyo Concert and Food Fair this Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And Metro can easily and economically take you there for the price of a $3 day pass.

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June 14, 2006
Metro Wins Four Tranny Awards for Transit Excellence

Metro has earned four California Transportation Foundation (CTF) TRANNY awards -- two for the Metro Orange Line, one for Metro's Intelligent Transportation System for Bus Transit and another for Mission Meridian Village, a Transit Oriented Development in South Pasadena that Metro partnered in. The annual awards -- which recognize innovative transit projects -- were announced June 7 at the 17th Annual TRANNY Awards luncheon in Sacramento.

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June 14, 2006
Go Metro to Barnsdall Park to See Free Shakespeare Summer Theater

This summer the Independent Shakespeare Company will again offer Free Shakespeare in Barnsdall Park in Hollywood. Performances will be presented on an intimate open-air stage on the grounds of Barnsdall Park at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is the third season for the series, which this year will run June 23 through Aug. 13, and it is easily (and inexpensively) reached on the Metro Red Line subway.

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June 13, 2006
Metro Unveils New Noho Arts District Metro Neighborhood Poster on Bus and Rail Fleet

On display on Metro buses and rail cars through early March 2006 is a beautiful new poster, NoHo Arts District by Karl Abramovic, the latest in the Neighborhood Poster Series of original artworks commissioned by Metro

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June 12, 2006
Metro Ridership Soars as Commuters Free Themselves From High Gas Prices

Metro ridership, particularly on the Metro Orange Line and Metro Rail, surged in May 2006 compared to a year ago as gas prices remained stubbornly high. Weekday ridership on the new Metro Orange Line, the 14-mile transitway that opened last fall in the San Fernando Valley, averaged 21,828 boardings, a milestone the Environmental Impact Report predicted wouldn’t be reached until 2020.

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June 12, 2006
Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Construction Project Reaches Ducommun Street

For the next two months Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension construction crews will be working on the intersection of Ducommun at Alameda streets. Ducommun is closed to all traffic in order to build a wall for the light rail line extension.

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June 12, 2006
Metro to Introduce New Metro Rapid Line on Sepulveda Boulevard; Deploy High Capacity Buses On Six Lines and Make Other Service Modifications Effective June 25, 26

Metro will expand its successful Metro Rapid Bus program by implementing a new Metro Rapid Line 734 on Sepulveda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley operating between Ventura Boulevard and the Sylmar Metrolink Station. The new line will operate every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon peak periods and every 20 minutes in mid-days and evenings, Monday through Friday. The new service begins Monday, June 26.

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June 09, 2006
Go Metro to Christopher Street Festival and Parade June 10-11

Last year’s Christopher Street West Parade in West Hollywood drew 350,000 visitors. The attending festival drew 72,000. When you stir in a few closed streets to make way for the parade, the result is bound to be lots and lots of traffic and too few parking spots. So this weekend, June 10 and 11, take Metro to West Hollywood for the Festival and Parade. Forget about prospecting for a parking spot, enjoy the festivities and let Metro do the driving.

 

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June 08, 2006
LA County’s Metro Cited as Nation’s 2006 Outstanding Public Transportation System

Metro has earned the 2006 Outstanding Public Transportation System award for large transit properties given annually by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

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June 08, 2006
Metro to Reroute Bus Lines off North Bound Spring Street Contra Flow Lane Effective Sunday, June 18

Due to the conversion of the north bound bus only contra flow lane on Spring Street between 1st & 9th streets in downtown Los Angeles to a south bound only operation by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), effective Sunday, June 18, all Metro buses presently operating on the north bound lane will be rerouted to either Main and Hill streets or Grand and Olive. The Spring Street bus only contra flow lane will remain north of 1st Street to Cesar Chavez Ave.

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June 08, 2006
Kymberleigh Richards Elected Chair of Metro San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council

Kymberleigh Richards of Van Nuys, a long-time daily public transit user who doesn’t own a car, has been elected the new chair of the Metro San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council.

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June 05, 2006
Go Metro And Save at the Long Beach Bayou Festival

It’s New Orleans at the beach with three nights and two days of Cajun, Zydeco and blues at the 21st Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 23 through 25 at Queen Mary Events Park. Not only can Metro take you there; it can get you a discount on entr

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June 05, 2006
Metro Joins with Transit Agencies Nationwide in ‘National Dump the Pump Day’ on June 8

In response to rising gas prices, Metro announced today that it will participate in National Dump the Pump Day on June 8 to encourage residents to use public transit or join a carpool or vanpool.

 

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