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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

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    Doesn't the Exposition Right Of Way wind through a single story residential neighborhood in that section? Multistory buildings would be unsuitable - but Sepulveda and Venice boulevards are congested enough without surface level rail.
    Well, you'd only build up at the stops, not all along the line.
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    I did a photo shoot at a studio near the Culver City Phase I terminus of the Expo line about a month ago. But I didn't follow along to see where the construction would continue. It's confusing enough to drive around in that area. The streets are a mess, no doubt due to the presence of obsolete rail line ROWs.
    I think there was a rail yard there long ago, and a few Red Car Lines went there.
    That's the Robertson/Venice/Exposition/The 10 intersection?

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Yes, perhaps the most confusing offramp in America.

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    Schwarzenegger's plan to again raid transit funds angers rider advocates

    Schwarzenegger's plan to again raid transit funds angers rider advocates - latimes.com

    L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, an MTA board member, called the governor's proposal "legally questionable," "wrong-headed" and "poor public policy."

    "The fact that this scheme is likely to be overturned by the court, as it has in the past, means that the proposal itself has no validity," he added.

    The administration declined to comment on the proposal. Schwarzenegger will officially unveil his budget plan to close California's projected $20.7-billion deficit in early January.

    Transit advocates, joined by local government groups, announced Wednesday that they are starting to gather signatures for a measure, aimed for the November 2010 ballot, to further wall off their money from Sacramento.

    The California Supreme Court seemingly put an end to the transit raids only months ago, ordering the state to repay the more than $3 billion in gasoline sales taxes that it had taken since 2007.

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Three years of bottlenecks on the 405


    "If it used to take you 15 minutes to get over the Sepulveda Pass, just automatically tell yourself that it will take twice as long. It's the new reality."

    Construction officially begins Jan. 12 for the northbound carpool lane on Interstate 405 between the Santa Monica (10) and Ventura (101) freeways.

    Massive in scope, the project includes replacing freeway bridges at Skirball Center, Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.

    It will also realign 27 on- and off-ramps, widen 13 underpasses, construct about 18 miles of sound walls and standardize most northbound freeway lanes to 12-feet wide.

    The 10-mile car-pool lane itself is designed to allow a seamless commute for carpoolers, vanpoolers, buses and hybrid drivers heading north from Orange County.
    Three years of bottlenecks on the 405 - LA Daily News

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    Gold Line train and truck collide, no one hurt

    Gold Line train and truck collide, no one hurt - LA Daily News

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Three years of bottlenecks on the 405
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    Three years of bottlenecks on the 405 - LA Daily News
    If they are replacing the Mullholland Drive bridge, holy (*) that's going to be an expensive one.... That's the one that's almost a Viaduct, it's up a good 100 feet plus over the freeway, double cast concrete arches. You are talking serious money just to get the old one down without closing the freeway.

    But they were also talking about widening this bridge a few years ago to get one more traffic lane, a dedicated pedestrian sidewalk, and provide a walled-off Equestrian and Wildlife Path lane over the freeway, and of course that will be figured into any new bridge... And I'll bet they are doing all this extra work on the Wildlife Lane with Stimulus money, so that makes it fine... (NOT!)
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Eventually, we may need a carpool wildlife lane for two or more animals travelling together in herds.

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    If they are replacing the Mullholland Drive bridge, holy (*) that's going to be an expensive one.... That's the one that's almost a Viaduct, it's up a good 100 feet plus over the freeway, double cast concrete arches. You are talking serious money just to get the old one down without closing the freeway.

    But they were also talking about widening this bridge a few years ago to get one more traffic lane, a dedicated pedestrian sidewalk, and provide a walled-off Equestrian and Wildlife Path lane over the freeway, and of course that will be figured into any new bridge... And I'll bet they are doing all this extra work on the Wildlife Lane with Stimulus money, so that makes it fine... (NOT!)
    Probably not that one. I'd have to check the supports, see where they are, though. I hope they're referring to the lower one. (But that is the Skirball bridge they separately note.)

    An alternative process would be to reline the lanes, putting in the carpool lane now, plus however many others can fit (three, maybe), then inconvenience the one-passenger cars by clogging their lanes to the right until the work is done. Provide an incentive to carpool by wasting their time. It would suck heavily if Southbound traffic is delayed, since its carpool lane is already finished. (And this is possible if the middle supports of the bridges have to be moved into the current southbound lanes. Geniuses should have planned this work out before starting the southbound carpool lane.

    Heck, I'd put in two carpool lanes, plus a flyover of the 101 with exits both ways for it.

    Of course, the mountain roads will get a lot more crowded. Should we disclose which ones? Sure:
    1. Roscoemare Rd, accessed from Bellagio Rd from Sunset Blvd. Into The Valley via Woodcliff Rd from Mulholland.
    2. Stradella Rd from Sarbonne Rd and Bellagio Rd. Stradella turns into Roscoemare.
    3. Beverly Glen, straight through to The Valley.
    4. Benedict Canyon, then Glenridge Drive from Mulholland into The Valley.
    5. Topanga Canyon via PCH, for anyone heading to West Valley.
    6. Coldwater or Laurel, for those looking to get out of BevHills and WestHo but don't want to hassle The 101.

    Heck, it was bad enough from The 10 down to The 90 when that portion was being widened for a carpool lane.
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    L.A. seeks federal loan to speed Measure R projects

    L.A. seeks federal loan to speed Measure R projects - LA Daily News


    "The people of Los Angeles County put their money where their mouth is to pay for transit," Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. "And, quite frankly, I don't want to have to wait 30 years to see these projects come to life."

    Deputy Mayor Jaime de la Vega said the Mayor's Office has been working with federal officials on the proposal, which would allow the construction to begin more quickly.
    "There are 12 major projects that we believe will provide over 127,000 construction jobs and 2,800 permanent jobs minimum," de la Vega said.

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    L.A. seeks federal loan to speed Measure R projects

    L.A. seeks federal loan to speed Measure R projects - LA Daily News
    Quite admirable of the people of LA to invest their own money to advance mass transit in their area. Quite frankly the state is running out of money.. and looking for any city and county funds that it can syphon off.. including general funds, as well as redevelopment and transportation dollars. For several reasonsI think LA's 1/2 cent sales tax gains will be safe though.

    For one thing, the state would look silly and garner bad PR should it attempt to steal locally raised mass transit funds at a time when it may not have the money to make budget appropriations for statewide high speed rail as approved by voters through the initiative process. Another factor is that the state representatives from the LA area would risk losing their elections.

    If LA City and County is to seek additional financing from the federal government, they had better act quickly. Money is tight, and there are plenty of competing interests. It may not be long before the fed caps out. I'm rooting big time for the "Subway to the Sea" and other projects. IMO fed dollars would be far more wisely spent on mass transit than health care.. especially in consideration of the rotting economy and staggering unemplyment. 127,000 new construction jobs in conjunction with new 2,800 permanent jobs would cause the number of green jobs that the fed has created pale in comparison.
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    In fact, all LA is asking for is a federal loan - basically an advance on the guaranteed tax revenue we voted to generate locally.

    Like a Rapid Refund without the fees and gimmicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    In fact, all LA is asking for is a federal loan - basically an advance on the guaranteed tax revenue we voted to generate locally.

    Like a Rapid Refund without the fees and gimmicks.
    Well, I hope they get it.. and quickly (as I have mentioned). Any idea how this the potential federal loan is coming along?
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZJ22i1pzSQ"]YouTube - Transit Agencies Need to Invest in Marketing: A Lesson from Los Angeles[/ame]

    LA Metro's product marketing is pretty cool. They are the first transit agency to produce a commercial advertising campaign similar to that of car companies in the automotive industry. Interesting to me is the Naughty or Nice (clean tansit energy vs. petroleum based automotive fuel) advertisements.

    Perhaps if more transit agencies engaged in this caliber of advertising, local communities and the state would get off their respective butts and get on with the business of our future transportational needs.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Nice video, it illustrates how effectively LA is making transit "cool" in So Cal.
    European visitors who come here to see the sites are increasingly finding a euro style system of buses, trains, and trams that can get them everywhere they want to go. Now we need more discretionary riders to commute to and from work on the system, and get more cars off the roads.

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