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Welcome to The Transit Coalition weekly
newsletter! Our organization participates in meetings with key decision makers
and community leaders and our goal is to keep you informed on the latest developments
in the transportation scene across Southern California.
for 2007: The Transit Coalition celebrates its third year in publishing
its eNewsletter and bringing transportation news to your mailbox. As previously
noted, many transit milestones took place in 2006. To keep the momentum going,
The Transit Coalition will promote several transportation projects to key decision
makers across Southern California during 2007.
In the immediate term,
Metro is pushing for a major readjustment in bus service in June 2007. The shakeup
will entail many service cuts and line cancellations, especially in the northeast
San Fernando Valley, where population growth warrants more transit service. Rather
than refocusing some routes to connect with the Orange Line and major Points of
Interest such as colleges and hospitals, the Metro approach is to wound and to
The movement to complete the Exposition light rail line
to Santa Monica heats up, starting with "scoping" meetings for Phase
2 between Culver City and the Ocean slated to be held in February or March.
Efforts to bring the Green Line to LAX and extend it further to the Expo
Line in Santa Monica will also continue. Not to be forgotten is the Downtown Regional
Connector proposal, which would connect the Blue, Gold and Expo lines and provide
through service in Downtown L.A.
One project that The Transit Coalition
will continue to promote is the Metrolink Regional Rail concept, a major upgrade
of Metrolink service which includes increased number of trains, initialization
of service between Union Station and LAX/South Bay and expanded service hours
into the night and weekends within Los Angeles County.
service to points other than Los Angeles Union Station is crucial to make this
concept a reality. One way to achieve it is with the Run Through Tracks, an existing,
environmentally cleared project that would extend four tracks in Union Station
out south, consolidating back to two tracks to connect with nearby Burlington
Northern Santa Fe / Metrolink / Amtrak service to Orange County.
would enable trains to run through the station instead of backing out and entering
the same way, thus saving time and reducing transfers. Right now, while the 101
Freeway is torn up for realignment and East L.A. Gold Line construction, is an
excellent time to put a support column in the middle of the freeway for this upcoming
project. Property acquisition should also get started.
Here is a list
of other recent developments:
Will gas prices stay in the $2.40 range?
Predictions are that $3.40
a gallon will be
common by February or March.
Many upgrades are underway at the City
of Los Angeles International Airport. Upgrades
such as the completion of a runway, internet Wireless access and relocation of
luggage screening behind check in counters are coming.
The Orange Line
opened its Canoga Park Station Parking Lot. Will the 611 parking spaces get
used? Some lots such as the Sepulveda Station get about a 5% usage. The Daily
this lot is a step in the right direction.
It's only been a year since
the Orange Line opened, but major
repaving is underway on some segments that have been worn
The Highway Lobby thinks that Busways and Bus Rapid Transit
are the ultimate
answers to getting around town, as a response to a recent
feature on our growing transit system.
The Port of L.A. continues
key managers from the Port of Long Beach. How far ahead will this push the L.A.
Transit "Smart Cards" or Access Passes (TAP) continue
to roll through test
phases in Los Angeles County. It is one transit upgrade that will be largely
welcomed, as it can be used on many and eventually all of the area's transit systems.
Will the Bus Riders Union ever give up? The BRU has appealed
a ruling by a federal judge that ended the Consent Decree.
Orange County, the OCTA is working
on a Major
Investment Study on transportation options for south county traffic jams and
all are welcome to their Mission Viejo City office for a Stakeholder Group Meeting
on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007.
our monthly Transit
Coalition Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, January 23 - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Philippe The Original, 1001 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles CA 90012. ( Map.)
We hope to see you there!
Chapter Sierra Club Transportation Committee: Thursday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.
Angeles Chapter office, 3435 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 320, Los Angeles.
San Gabriel Valley Governance Council: Tuesday, January 9, 5 p.m., 3369 Santa
Anita Ave. (near El Monte bus station), El Monte.
Westside/Central Governance Council: Wednesday, January 10, 5 p.m., La Cienega
Tennis Center, Sunset Room, 325 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.
San Fernando Valley Governance Council: Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 p.m.,
Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Bl., Van Nuys.
SCAG MagLev Task Force:
Thursday, January 11, 10:00 a.m. SCAG Offices, 818 W. Seventh St., 12th floor,
Los Angeles. CANCELLED.
Gateway Cities Governance Council: Thursday, January 11, 2 p.m., Gas Company
ERC, 9240 Firestone Bl., Downey.
Exposition Metro Line
Construction Authority: Thursday, January 11, 2:30 p.m., Board Room, Metro
Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza (adjacent to Union Station), Los Angeles.
South Bay Governance Council: Friday, January 12, 9.30 a.m., Carson Community
Center, 801 E. Carson St., Carson.
Committee Meetings: Friday, January 12, 10 a.m. SCRRA Offices, 700 S. Flower St.,
26th floor, Los Angeles.
Transit Advocates: Saturday, January 13, 1 p.m., Angelus Plaza, Rm. 422, 255
S. Hill St., Los Angeles.
SCRRA (Metrolink) Board Meeting: Friday, January
26, 10 a.m., San Bernardino Conference Room, SCAG Building, 12th Floor, 818 W.
Seventh St., Los Angeles.
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