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News Releases from January, 2008

January 25, 2008
Go Metro to Chinatown for Chinese New Year 2008

It’s 4706, the Year of the Rat, and the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10 in Los Angeles’ Chinatown will be a festival of cultural entertainment and exciting events highlighted by the annual Firecracker Run followed by the Golden Dragon Parade and the Chinese New Year Festival. Streets will be closed and parking will be limited, but Metro can take you to the Chinatown Metro Gold Line Station—within easy walking distance from the festivities.

Keywords: "Go Metro", Chinatown, "Chinese New Year"
January 25, 2008
Metro Unveils Its First Green Transit Facility, Transportation Agency’s Latest Eco-Friendly Project

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today celebrated a major milestone in sustainable development with the opening of its first green building located in the hub of the San Gabriel Valley adjacent to the El Monte Transit Center.

Keywords: Metro, First, "Green Transit Facility", "Transportation Agency", "Eco-Friendly Project"
January 23, 2008
Artists Mark Lere and Raoul de la Sota Create Artworks for new Metro San Gabriel Valley Division

Two important artworks by California artists have been installed in the lobby area of Metro’s new San Gabriel Valley sector facility. Commissioned by Metro Creative Services, the artworks include a sweeping epoxy terrazzo artwork by artist Mark Lere and a brightly hued painting by artist Raoul de la Sota.

Keywords: Artists, "Mark Lere", "Raoul de la Sota", Artworks, "Metro San Gabriel Valley Division"
January 18, 2008
Metro to Operate on Regular Service Schedule for Monday, Jan. 21

All Metro operated buses and Metro Rail trains that include the Metro Red Line, Purple Line, Blue Line, Green Line and Gold Line will operate on regular schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

Keywords: Metro , Operate, "Regular Service", Monday, "January 21"
January 16, 2008
Metro Reaches Agreement with Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau to Partner with the Amgen Tour of California Race

PASADENA, Calif., (January 16, 2008) -- Metro and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) have joined forces to assist area residents and visitors with their transportation needs surrounding the highly anticipated finish of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race on February 24, 2008. According to an announcement today by Nan Marchand, executive director of the Pasadena CVB, Metro will provide rail service to and from Pasadena for the race and will host a Bicycle Valet Parking at the event’s Health Net Lifestyle Festival, where guests can enjoy family entertainment and race-related activities at the Rose Bowl that day.

Keywords: Agreement "Pasadena Convention And Visitors Bureau" "Amgen Tour of California Race"
January 16, 2008
Metro Board Chair Pam O’Connor wants to hear your transit funding strategies in next live internet chat

Third Live Internet Chat Set for Jan. 23 at

Keywords: Metro, "Board Chair", "Pam O'Connor", "Transit Funding Strategies", "Live Internet Chat"
January 16, 2008
Metro to hold public update meetings on Metro Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be conducting several upcoming meetings to update the public on the agency’s Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study. The study, which evaluates ways to improve mobility on the Westside of Los Angeles, will be held at the following locations:

Keywords: Metro, "Public Update Meetings", "Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study"
January 14, 2008
Metro Service Sectors to hold seven public hearings in February on proposed service modifications planned for June 2008

Metro’s five community based service sectors will hold seven public hearings in February to gather public input on proposed Metro Bus services modifications that if approved, would be implemented in June 2008 or later.

Keywords: Metro, "Service Sectors", "Public Hearings", "Service Modificiations", June
January 11, 2008
First Street Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning Jan. 27 as part of construction of Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension

Closure delayed one week: The full closure was originally scheduled to begin Sunday, January 20.

Keywords: "First Street Bridge", closed, Metro, "Gold Line", "Eastside Extension", Construction
January 10, 2008
Statement by Metro CEO Roger Snoble Regarding Governor’s Proposed Budget Thursday, January 10, 2008

We appreciate that the Governor’s initial budget recommendation appears to maintain transportation funding which could be encouraging news for Los Angeles County.

Keywords: Metro, CEO, "Roger Snoble", "Governor’s Proposed Budget"
January 09, 2008
Metro Blue Line Train Service To Be Delayed Jan. 11-12 Due to Needed Track Repairs

Work crews will be repairing the Stockwell Street grade crossing between Imperial/Wilmington and Compton Metro Blue Line Stations this Friday evening, Jan. 11 through close of business Saturday, Jan. 12. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) advises all Metro Blue Line patrons to allow themselves extra travel time and expect delays to train service during this period. Metro will be operating replacement bus services to transport passengers between affected rail stations during this time.

Keywords: Metro, "Blue Line", "Train Service", January, Repairs
January 07, 2008
First Street Bridge will be closed to traffic as part of construction of Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension

The First Street Bridge, between Mission Road and Vignes Street in the Little Tokyo/Arts District near downtown Los Angeles will be closed for approximately one month beginning Sunday, January 20, for construction of the right-of-way for the rail track for the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension light rail project.

Keywords: "First Street Bridge", Closed, Metro, "Gold Line", "Eastside Extension",
January 02, 2008
Go Metro to Noah's Ark at the Skirball and Get a January Discount

Allow the kids to touch this and touch that at the Skirball Cultural Center's Noah’s Ark exhibit. And throughout the month of January, if you show a valid Metro ticket or pass at the box office you can get $2 off the price of any admission.

Keywords: "Go Metro", "Noah's Ark", Skirball, January, Discount
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