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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL NEWS:

    Federal oversight board OKs high-speed rail

    The Surface Transportation Board ruled Thursday that the California project could start building the first 65 miles of the project from Merced to Fresno, as planned.


    The STB previously ruled that it has oversight of the project, but on Thursday the agency granted an exemption to the state.


    Congressional Republicans had asked the body to intervene and halt the state's plan to start construction this summer.


    The Surface Transportation Board said in its 67-page decision that California officials and the Federal Railroad Administration have already extensively reviewed potential environmental harm from the project and are taking steps to mitigate it.
    Federal oversight board OKs high-speed rail | Recordnet.com

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    Which transit projects would Metro try to accelerate under the plan?
    The Purple Line Extension’s second and third phases (from La Cienega to Westwood), the South Bay Green Line Extension, the Eastside Gold Line Extension, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor. Under Metro’s current long-range plan, the Airport Metro Connector project at LAX is already eligible to be accelerated though Metro can’t do so on its own without the America Fast Forward loans and a contribution from LAX. The new plan would seek to complete it within the next decade instead of the late 2020s.
    Here is the Metro staff report on new project acceleration plan to be considered by agency’s Board of Directors this month | Metro's The Source

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    CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL NEWS:

    The truth about Tejon Pass (California High-Speed Rail Blog)

    A guest post makes the case that the bullet train’s route between the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles should take the tracks over/under Tejon Pass instead of Tehachapi Pass because it would cheaper to build, be more profitable and shave 12 minutes off travel times. The post also argues that the California High-Speed Rail agency should have studied a different — and cheaper — route over Tejon Pass.


    Not mentioned is this: a Tejon Pass alignment would mean the bullet train would not run through the Antelope Valley. And I’m guessing some Los Angeles County politicians would have something not super nice to say about that.
    California High Speed Rail Blog » The Truth About Tejon

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    LA METRO RAIL NEWS:

    No more free ride. Literally:

    No More Free Metro Rides, Subway 'Honor System' Meets End Of The Line: LAist

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    If it can be done, then it should be done. HSR from Bakersfield to Vegas can be done later.

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    About time. This rail thing costs money. Those who benefit (riders) should pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    About time. This rail thing costs money. Those who benefit (riders) should pay.
    Doing away with Metro rail honor system is common sense - latimes.com

    "One reason the subways did not include turnstiles was that transit planners thought locked gates would make it even harder to persuade Los Angeles residents to dip their toes into the mass transit water. That no longer seems to be a cause of concern: In March, [Metro] logged an average of 360,000 rides a day on the subway system.
    "The system opened in 1993 with 4.5 miles of underground tracks and five stations. Now, the entire system — including subways and light rail — spans nearly 88 miles and contains 101 stations, stretching from Long Beach to Pasadena.”

    As the Metro rail system expands further to the Westside, there will, again, be a need to attract new riders. But with a more developed system than the one in 1993, there are better ways to accomplish this. Metro could, for example, introduce a short trial period where new riders could test the rail for free, as a teaser to begin paying regularly for it.


    Doing away with Metro rail honor system is common sense - latimes.com

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    Here's Metro's Latest Plan For Speeding Up LA Rail Projects

    This iteration (different from the 30/10 plan/America Fast Forward federal plan) would have Metro borrow $9.4 billion via a variety of federal loans, bonds, and public-private partnerships to build five transit projects more quickly: the Purple Line Extension's second and third phases (from La Cienega to Westwood), the South Bay Green Line Extension, the Eastside Gold Line Extension, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor, and the Sepulveda Pass (405) Transit Corridor. The plan would also help other projects, like the Crenshaw Line, to avoid delays on its current timetable. The one project left off of Metro's plan is the proposed Gold Line light rail extension from Azusa to Claremont.
    Here's Metro's Latest Plan For Speeding Up LA Rail Projects - The Commute - Curbed LA

    More detail here:

    Here is the Metro staff report on new project acceleration plan to be considered by agency’s Board of Directors this month | Metro's The Source

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    Metro deservs for innitial State construction of HSL to start LA. Oh well, at leasr the SW corridor will start soon, well ahead of the NE corridore. We can thank AMTRAC for this in part. The consolidation of AMTRAC w/ HSR should save California a considerable sum of dallars.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Hey RideWarrior, glad to see you.

    FYI: You can't even get on AMTRAK until Bakersfield.

    If you buy a ticket from Union Station to San Francisco, the first couple of hours you're in a grey Amtrak BUS until Bakersfield where you can take a train after getting through the mountain pass.

    The most expensive section of the HSR line will be through the Grapevine or Tehachapis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Hey RideWarrior, glad to see you.

    FYI: You can't even get on AMTRAK until Bakersfield.

    If you buy a ticket from Union Station to San Francisco, the first couple of hours you're in a grey Amtrak BUS until Bakersfield where you can take a train after getting through the mountain pass.

    The most expensive section of the HSR line will be through the Grapevine or Tehachapis.
    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Hey RideWarrior, glad to see you.

    FYI: You can't even get on AMTRAK until Bakersfield.

    If you buy a ticket from Union Station to San Francisco, the first couple of hours you're in a grey Amtrak BUS until Bakersfield where you can take a train after getting through the mountain pass.

    The most expensive section of the HSR line will be through the Grapevine or Tehachapis.
    Good to see you too, CA. Just trying be positive about the HSL - AMTRAK merger. Fiscally, there will be a savings in cost to one extent or the other. It's good PR anyway that you look at it.

    I know what you're talking about concerning bus transfers. I've travelled to Disneyland from the Central Valley before. It was still a fun trip - but HSL will be much more enjoyable minus the buses.

    Is HSR going to travel over, through or around the grapevine? Wouldn;t it be something if it traveled to and made a stop at Magic Mountain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    Good to see you too, CA. Just trying be positive about the HSL - AMTRAK merger. Fiscally, there will be a savings in cost to one extent or the other. It's good PR anyway that you look at it.

    I know what you're talking about concerning bus transfers. I've travelled to Disneyland from the Central Valley before. It was still a fun trip - but HSL will be much more enjoyable minus the buses.

    Is HSR going to travel over, through or around the grapevine? Wouldn;t it be something if it traveled to and made a stop at Magic Mountain.
    The plan has always been to divert the line through the Antelope Valley to pick up riders in Palmdale and Lancaster. But some want it to follow the I-5 Corridor and chop back the cost.

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    LOS ANGELES METRO NEWS:

    This is what the system will look like down the road:

    http://www.sfcityscape.com/maps/more/LA_measure_R.pdf

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    Awaiting phase 4 of purple: into The Valley!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    The plan has always been to divert the line through the Antelope Valley to pick up riders in Palmdale and Lancaster. But some want it to follow the I-5 Corridor and chop back the cost.
    Thanks for the info, CA. I favor the route that would have the least economic impact on agriculture.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    LOS ANGELES METRO NEWS:

    This is what the system will look like down the road:

    http://www.sfcityscape.com/maps/more/LA_measure_R.pdf
    Thanx! this is a great resource to refer to.
    Last edited by Ride Warrior; 06-25-2013 at 11:00 AM.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    LOS ANGELES METRO NEWS:

    This is what the system will look like down the road:

    http://www.sfcityscape.com/maps/more/LA_measure_R.pdf


    What happened to the Gold Lines (aka future blue line) extension to Montclair and Ontario AirPort? I thought those were for sure happening, at least to Montclair.

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