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News Releases from October, 2009

October 31, 2009
Metro Statement: Update On Negotiations with Italian Rail Car Manufacturer for Option Rail Cars

Italian rail car manufacturer AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. has declined to sign a contract with Metro to exercise an option to provide 100 additional light rail cars to meet the agency's operating needs for new rail lines in Los Angeles County. As a consequence, Metro will proceed with seeking industry bids on a new rail car procurement.

Keywords: Metro rail, public transportation, AnsaldoBreda
October 30, 2009
Media Join Mayor Villaraigosa and Metro Officials on Sneak Peek Ride on Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension to East Los Angeles

Reporters today were given a sneak peek train ride and tour of an underground station on the new Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, which will open with free rides to the public Sunday, Nov. 15.

Keywords: metro, los angeles, Eastside Extension, East Los Angeles, trains, opening, light rail, travel, public transit, media, first ride, mayor, villaraigosa, Soto Station
October 29, 2009
Metro Orange Line Extension Project Team Completes New Parking Lot At Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station

Construction Milestone: On the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Metro Orange Line, Metro work crews have officially completed the first construction phase of the line's four mile extension in the North San Fernando Valley -- a parking lot at the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station

Keywords: Metro, Orange Line, construction, public transit, transportation, Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles, Chatsworth, LADOT, Design/Build
October 26, 2009
Public Grand Opening of Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Set for Sunday, Nov. 15

Following five years of construction and coming in on budget with a flawless 4-million plus hour construction safety record, the Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension from Union Station downtown to East Los Angeles will open to the public on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Keywords: metro, los angeles, Eastside Extension, East Los Angeles, trains, opening, light rail, travel, public transit
October 26, 2009
National Transit Institute Awards Metro Sustainability Training with Model Program of the Year Award

CLEVELAND — The National Transit Institute (NTI) presented its 2009 Model Program Award to two recipients this year: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) of Los Angeles, CA, and Pierce Transit in Lakewood, WA.
Metro and Pierce Transit were awarded with this honor during the Transit Training Awards ceremony, as part of the NTI Transit Trainers’ Workshop held in Cleveland, Oct. 25–28. Also honored at the event was Lisle Ford of MV Transportation of Fairfield, CA.

Keywords: News
October 22, 2009
Metro Board Approves 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan, a 30-Year Blueprint For Transportation Development

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has approved the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) that will guide transportation development in the county through the year 2040, a period in which the county is expected to experience unprecedented growth.

Keywords: metro, los angeles, long-range transportation plan, FY2040, 2009, Measure R, ARRA, funding, transportation, public transit, future, planning
October 22, 2009
Metro Introduces Online Transportation News/Feature Service on Metro.Net

In response to a dramatic shift in how the public gets information, Metro has introduced a new real-time online transportation news and feature service on metro.net called The Source.

Keywords: online news service, metro, los angeles, steve hymon, fred dennstedt, transportation, travel, public transit, high-speed rail, transportation news
October 20, 2009
Metro Features Little Tokyo on New Poster by Local Artist

A new poster celebrating Little Tokyo, one of many destinations customers can travel to via Metro, will be on display on Metro buses and rail cars from Oct. 26, 2009, through Dec. 20, 2009. Commissioned by Metro Creative Services, the new poster is by local artist Shizu Saldamando. As seen through the eyes of Saldamando, the iconic red Yagura Tower and the blue tile roofs of Japanese Village Plaza emerge from a vivid collage of washi paper and colored pencil, against a swirling wood grain surface, creating a contemporary landscape of a neighborhood landmark.

Keywords: Los Angeles, Little Tokyo, Art, Shizu Saldamando, Metro Rail, public transit, travel
October 20, 2009
Metro Offering Special Late-Night Service For U2 Concert At Rose Bowl Sunday, Oct. 25

Nearly 100,000 fans are expected to converge on the Rose Bowl this Sunday, Oct. 25, for the 7 p.m. U2 concert -- the largest on the rock band's world "360 Tour." Heavy traffic, congested streets and limited parking are anticipated around the stadium for this event. To make the experience easier for concert goers, Metro -- with funding from the Rose bowl and concert promoter Live Nation -- is extending Metro Rail and Metro Orange Line service into the early morning hours so that fans can leave their cars at home and travel to and from the event via Metro.

Keywords: metro, metro rail, concert, U2, Pasadena, service
October 20, 2009
Local Transportation Leaders Head to Washington, D.C. To Lobby for $2.19 Billion for L.A. To Anaheim High Speed Train

Officials to emphasize that the regional corridor is the furthest along in development than any one of its kind in the country. Project could create nearly 54,000 jobs.

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October 19, 2009
Metro to Hold Community Meetings for Regional Connector Project Nov. 5-12

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be conducting five community meetings during Nov. 5 through Nov. 12 to update the public on the Regional Connector project. The project, currently in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R), proposes building a transit line that would link the soon-to-open Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension in the vicinity of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, terminus for the Metro Blue Line and future Expo Line.

Keywords: regional connector, metro, los angeles, community, public meetings, transit, public transportation, subway, rail
October 15, 2009
Metro to Update Community on Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2

(Oct. 15, 2009) The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold two community meetings/open houses Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22 in Montebello and Pico Rivera to update the public on transit alternatives being recommended to the Metro Board of Directors for the environmental phase of the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project.

Keywords: News
October 09, 2009
Metro to Hold Community Meeting to Discuss Improvements to Wilmington/Imperial/Rosa Parks Station Area

Metro will hold a community meeting in Compton on October 14 to discuss potential improvements surrounding the Wilmington/Imperial/Rosa Parks Station in an effort to update the public on the Transit Oriented District Plan.

Keywords: News
October 08, 2009
Go Metro and Walk to Fight Diabetes on Oct. 25 and Receive a Free Pedometer

Go Metro to the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Keywords: News
October 07, 2009
Metro To Hold Station Information Meetings for Westside Subway Extension

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold five community meetings in October and November to discuss potential subway stations for the Westside Subway Extension project.

Keywords: News
October 06, 2009
Metro to Hold Five Community Meetings to Update Public on Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor Project

Metro will hold five community meetings in October to update the community on the findings of the Alternative Analysis Study (AA) for the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor. The study, launched in September 2008, is examining potential transit service along the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision.

Keywords: News
October 06, 2009
Independent Safety Panel Finds New Metro Gold Line Extension Designed/Built to Operate Safely

Eastside safety report online: Panel Review of the Gold Line Eastside Extension (PDF)

Keywords: News
October 06, 2009
Go Metro to Velas Lighthouse 10k/5k Family Fun Walk on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Receive Rewards

Let Metro take the whole family to the inaugural VELAS Lighthouse 10K/5K Family Fun Walk on Saturday, Oct. 17.
In addition to the walks, the family friendly day will include access to the East L.A. Farmers' Market, free kickboxing and aerobics lessons, free health, dental and vision screenings and live entertainment.

Keywords: News
October 02, 2009
Metro Wins AQMD Award for Rideshare Public Education Tool on Air Quality Issues

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is the recipient of the Public Education on Air Quality Issues Award from the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for its Rideshare PlanMaker compact disk and web link.

Keywords: News
October 02, 2009
Governor, Federal, State and Local Officials Join Statewide to Show United California for High-Speed Train Federal Stimulus Funding Bid

Proposal would provide $10 billion economic boost to state;
Authority launches Twitter site with feeds from each of three events

Keywords: News
September 30, 2009
Go Metro to Latino Book & Family Festival Oct. 10-11 and Receive 10 Percent Discount at Libreria Martinez

Learn and save with Metro at the 12th annual Latino Book & Family Festival Oct. 10-11 at California State University, Los Angeles in Greenlee Plaza. Co-produced by actor and activist Edward James Olmos, this family friendly event will promote literacy, education and culture.

Keywords: News
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