PURPLE LINE EXTENSION NEWS:
Here is the presentation from Thursday nightâ€™s Purple Line Extension community meeting | Metro's The SourceQuote:
The meeting covered the first 3.9-mile segment of the project, which will be built over the next decade and include three new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. Utility relocations are underway with more work to continue in 2014. Major construction is scheduled to begin in 2014; work on the La Brea station will start in the latter half of the year.
Not sure where this "trolley" would go. Straight down Fairfax to Wilshire?
Brightly colored buses that travel non-stop could do the same thing. A lot cheaper.
HIGH SPEED RAIL NEWS:
Gov Brown meets Chinese President. High-speed rail funding discussed?
Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown says Chinese president adds 'sparkle' to CaliforniaQuote:
Gov. Jerry Brown continued his courtship of China on Saturday, meeting with the nation's president, Xi Jinping, in Indian Wells.
The meeting followed Brown's week-long trade mission to China in April. The Democratic governor is seeking to attract Chinese investment in California, including in public infrastructure such as high-speed rail.
CRENSHAW LIGHT RAIL TO LAX:
Metro recommends contractor (and $160 million more) for Crenshaw/LAX Line
Of the four proposals received by firms to build the 8.5-mile light rail line, Walsh/Shea was the lowest in terms of dollars and highest in terms of technical score. Metro staff have also recommended adding more contingency money to the project’s budget, bringing it north of $2 billion. That will require some money to be moved from other projects. Here’s our post about the contract and the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The Metro Board is scheduled to consider the contract recommendation by Metro staff this month. If approved, major construction would begin next year.
METRO PURPLE LINE TO WESTWOOD NEWS:
Angelenos Get Their Say About Wilshire Subway | NBC Southern California
LOS ANGELES METRO RAIL MAP - Including projects under construction:
Considering that Orange County is the less populous neighbor to Los Angeles County, it would be wise to at least "plug in" to this expanding system... For now, Metrolink Commuter Rail is the only way that the two counties are connected by rail.
This map was just released by the LA County MTA showing current lines and lines under construction... It shows how far we have come in such a short amount of time...
New Metro Rail Map is Very Real and Pretty Spectacular - Transit Porn - Curbed LA
New â€˜under constructionâ€™ map for Metro Rail debuts | Metro's The Source
Higher Resolution: http://lametthesource.files.wordpres...st_may13-1.jpg
Probably need another "regional" commission or bureau or agency.
OC is less populous but it's still pretty dense (it's a lot smaller in size), which is a requirement for mass transit.
Question then is: where do they live and where do they work and where do they want to go while not driving?
I don't think so. The OC residents probably do not need to go to those places.
They live in The OC for a reason: that's where the job is at.
So, "The City" (not sure it's called that anymore), the resort area, Newport Beach, Irvine, maybe Long Beach in LA County.
Here's L.A.'s Mayor-Elect, last night, speaking about transportation:
The 12 Best Parts of Eric Garcetti's Reddit Session Last Night - Q&As - Curbed LAQuote:
The most popular question was about rail through the Sepulveda Pass. Here's the new mayor's take: "I support rail through the Sepulveda Pass, probably with a two-tiered tunnel that will take cars (for a toll, helping to pay for the cost of building the tunnel) and transit from Sherman Oaks to Westwood in 10 minutes. We need a rail line that starts in the north Valley and hopefully gets to Westchester eventually, even LAX. I have already met with Art Leahy and with AECOM (who is doing scoping plans for the tunnel) and want to include moving this forward as part of my transportation and transit agenda."
-- On the lack of north/south rail lines: "Crenshaw Line will be north-south, as would a Sepulveda/405 line. I've always thought it is strange how we fixate on East-West routes and streets at the expense of North-South ones."