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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    It's really great to see L.A. stepping it up with mass transit. I grew up around Portland, Oregon and was always shocked growing up that we had a more extensive transit system than L.A. (seeing as L.A. is so large). So hooray for L.A.! Now I live in Chicago, which has a fairly good system. I love mass transit!

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    Glad to have you on board both actual trains and this thread

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    The main question for Los Angeles, is whether this buildout will take 30 years or if we will secure Federal loans to build now and pay it back over the 30 years of Measure R taxes.

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    California goes after all of Florida's high-speed rail money


    California high-speed rail officials voted Wednesday to seek an additional $2.43 billion in federal construction funds recently relinquished by Florida’s new Republican governor.

    The money would permit the state to extend an initial, Central Valley leg of the proposed 800-mile system.

    The chances of getting the entire Florida allocation are doubtful, but California has received some of the largest federal grants in the nation under the Obama administration’s push to develop a bullet train network similar to those in Europe and the Far East.

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    President Obama’s fledgling high-speed rail program was dealt a serious setback by the budget deal that he struck with Republicans last week: new details released Tuesday showed that the agreement will not only eliminate financing for high-speed rail this year, but will also take back some of the money that Congress approved for it last year.

    The cut is a major blow to one of Mr. Obama’s signature transportation goals, which he set just months ago in his State of the Union address when he called for giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years. And it casts serious doubt on his proposal for spending $53 billion on a high-speed rail program over the next six years.
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    Remember this at the voting booth. Investing in high-speed rail and high-quality transit to grow the nation's economy is only going to happen if the right officials get elected and re-elected.

    Avoid the ones that are in the pockets of the oil industry.

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    GREEN LINE EXTENSION UPDATE

    More on the Green Line, which is trying to stretch itself not only to LAX, but also south to Torrance, much to the chagrin of some locals. The Daily Breeze reports that a community meeting held last week in Lawndale on the South Bay extension didn't go that great for Metro (Neon Tommy reports that some people speaking in support of the line were booed by locals). Most of the crowd appeared dead-set against the extension -- which would run at-grade along a freight train right of way -- claiming a loss of property values and noise and safety issues (there's a fear of both accidents and crime). Metro is considering only extending the line 1.7 miles south to terminate at the South Bay Galleria (the full proposed extension is 4.6 miles), but many locals are opposed to that option too. An environmental impact report is expected in early 2012.
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    Bond Stallage Could Mean Delays for Expo, Orange, 405 Projects

    More stress from Sacramento: The Daily News reports that the state, currently in a never-ending financial spiral, is delaying the sale of bonds that are crucial to the completion of numerous LA transportation endeavors, including under-construction projects like the 405 carpool lane through the Sepulveda pass, the Orange Line busway extension in the West Valley, and Expo Line light-rail from downtown to Culver City. Because of the money woes, Governor Jerry Brown postponed a spring bond sale until the fall, but that sale could be canceled if voters don't approve tax extensions during November elections (or if lawmakers don't even manage to get the issue on the ballot). The bonds were supposed to generate $573 million for L.A. County. Representatives from Metro say the three projects are endangered, but would mostly likely be completed since they're so far along (Expo and Orange Line finish next year, and the carpool lane in 2013); money would be shifted from other projects that haven't broke ground yet (the Wilshire subway?)
    More info from The Source.

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    Green line: Would those residents like me to call them a Waaaambulance? The houses were built close to the Red Car tracks from 1890 through 1950 because being close to reliable rapid transit was very desirable and raised the property values.

    You didn't want to have a residence right next to the tracks because of noise concerns, they would concentrate the Commercial and Light Industrial things along the tracks like Grocery Stores, Shopping and Restaurants. Multiple Occupancy Residential (apartments) were kept a block or two away as the sweet spot (or as Mixed Use above the stores) and Single Family Homes started two or three blocks from the tracks - still a quick walk.

    But now that the tracks are quieter (freight only) they don't want it back? Fools. That, or they're maneuvering to Buy Low now and Sell High once the Green Line is up and running and the demographics shift.

    Bonds and Funding woes: So it seems Governor Brown (part deux) finally got the message that we do indeed have a spending problem, and not a taxing problem... Now he has to complete the work.

    All he has to do is get rid of (or condense to a useful size and scope) all the Political Patronage jobs in the various useless State Boards and Commissions that accomplish nothing but burn a few million dollars a year *each*, and he can direct funds to things that (GASP!) actually promote the general welfare like the bonds for useful transit construction.

    But don't hold your breath.

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    This is an interesting map showing the discussed Green Line extension.

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    CRENSHAW LINE UPDATE

    Crenshaw/LAX Line: The Next Great LA Train Battle?



    The Crenshaw Line--the mostly grade-separated light-rail which would connect LAX to the Expo Line--is in the midst of final environmental studies, with hopes of breaking ground this year (assuming that whole state bond problem goes away). Metro is deciding on a few issues related to the line at a Thursday Measure R committee meeting, with the full board taking on the matters April 28th--namely, it involves whether to have a station in Leimert Park Village at Crenshaw and Vernon, and also whether to underground a one-mile section of the line in Park Mesa Heights, from 59th to 48th streets. Metro has indicated they're leaning towards running the train on street-level through this stretch, but locals, not surprisingly, want a subway.

    Community groups like Hyde Park Hope, which advocated for redesigns on the upcoming Crenshaw Fresh & Easy, and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas are gunning for the both the undergrounding of the Park Mesa stretch, as well as a Leimert Park stop.
    The argument for undergrounding and how much it would cost.>>>>
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    LAX CONNECTION UPDATE



    Rail service plan for LAX still has hurdles

    More than 15 years after the Green Line opened, an extension into the airport is being considered. But cost and logistical problems remain.

    LAX rail service: Green Line extension into airport considered - latimes.com

    Michael Molina, a deputy executive director for Los Angeles World Airports, said officials were committed to bringing passengers from the rail station into LAX but were still unsure what plans to pursue. He said the concept of a people mover was being studied as part of the airport's specific plan and expected staff to have recommendations by next year."
    How to Pay for that Green Line People Mover to LAX? - Line to Nowhere? - Curbed LA

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    There are studies that indicate housing near rail stops have higher values than those not near rail stops.

    Heck, check NoCal's housing prices in Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek. Much better than, say, Benecia.
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    Keep MTA's Crenshaw/LAX project on track

    Mark Ridley-Thomas' proposal for the Crenshaw/LAX transit corridor means well but is ill-conceived.

    The same arguments are raised wherever a light-rail line is planned, and they don't hold water. There are far less expensive ways to protect pedestrians, and the MTA's record shows that it knows how to operate light-rail lines near schools safely. And although the line could make it harder for cars and pedestrians to cross that part of Crenshaw, it will also make businesses there more accessible to transit users in the rest of Los Angeles, helping them attract significantly more customers.

    The potential boon to the local economy argues in favor of putting a station closer to Leimert Park Village, a historic center of African American life in Los Angeles. The MTA's plan calls for an underground station near the shopping mall and bus stops at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, less than half a mile from the center of Leimert Park. Ridley-Thomas wants to build a second underground stop at Vernon Avenue, a little more than half a mile down Crenshaw, for about $120 million.

    It's not common for the MTA to build stations that close together, but it's hardly unprecedented. A bigger hurdle is the project's cost. Agency engineers are struggling to bring down the cost of the current design to meet the project's $1.7-billion budget, and they may have to pare or delay numerous projects if the state continues to have trouble issuing bonds to fund its share of the region's transportation projects.

    Ridley-Thomas argues that there are plenty of dollars available through Measure R, the sales-tax increment devoted to transportation projects, for both upgrades he's seeking. But if the MTA heads down that path, it should tread carefully. Shifting dollars from other corridors to Crenshaw/LAX would violate the spirit of the ballot measure and the MTA's master plan.
    Public transit: Keep MTA project on track - latimes.com

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    People can walk half a mile.
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