Purpose

To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Monday, February 2, 2015

President Obama’s FY16 budget includes $100 million for section two of Purple Line subway extension

http://thesource.metro.net/2015/02/02/president-obamas-fy16-budget-includes-100-million-for-section-two-of-purple-line-subway-extension/

By Anna Chen, February 2, 2015

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Good news for Los Angeles — President Obama’s proposed FY16 budget includes $100 million for the second section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project! Here’s the press release from Metro:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, business, environmental, labor and community leaders today applauded the inclusion of $100 million in President Obama’s proposed FY16 Budget for the second section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project, calling the action an important step in keeping Metro’s planned subway construction toward West Los Angeles on track. The Mayor also praised the President for including  $230 million for Metro’s two existing New Starts projects – the Regional Connector and the first section of the Purple Line Extension ($115 million each).

The proposed funding within the President’s U.S. Department of Transportation budget – if approved by Congress later this year – can be combined with L.A. County’s voter-approved Measure R sales tax revenue and could fund construction of Section Two, a 2.6-mile extension of the subway through Beverly Hills to Century City scheduled to open in 2026. Metro has already begun construction of Section 1 between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega.  A third and final subway section is planned to reach the Westwood/VA Hospital in 2035.

The second section of the project would build two new underground stations — in downtown Beverly Hills near Wilshire/Rodeo and in Century City at Constellation/Avenue of the Stars.

“I’ve made transportation funding a key focus of mine in Washington, and I want to thank President Obama for responding in such a big way to help us cut traffic, reduce air pollution, and shorten commutes,” Mayor and Metro Chair Garcetti said. “Our transportation infrastructure initiative is now the nation’s largest public works program, putting tens of thousands of people to work and creating a better Los Angeles for today’s commuters and tomorrow’s workforce. As Mayor and Metro Chair, I am going to make sure we spend these dollars efficiently through tough oversight and sound management.”

The long-awaited subway extension will provide a high-capacity, high-speed, dependable transit alternative for those traveling to and from the Westside – L.A.’s “second downtown.” More than 300,000 people travel into the Westside every day for work from areas throughout the county and beyond.

Metro is continuing to pursue funding to complete the project to Westwood and accelerate the pace of construction.

The Purple Line Extension Project is partially funded by the Measure R sales tax approved by voters in 2008 and can be used to leverage federal “New Starts” matching funds. Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County commits $4.2 billion (in 2009 dollars) over the next 30 years to building the subway extension project.
Metro is in the process of applying for a federal grant and loan that will be paired with Measure R funds to build Section Two of the project. The Federal Transit Administration recently gave Metro approval to begin preliminary engineering work.

Construction for Section 1 of the project began late last year and pre-construction activities for the second section of the subway are now underway.  In January, Metro began performing potholing work in the Century City area to learn more about underground utilities there. Metro has also begun contacting tenants who may need to be relocated and is beginning the process of acquiring any properties needed to build in the area.

Once built, Purple Line Extension riders will be able to travel from Downtown Los Angeles to the Westwood/UCLA station in 25 minutes.  More than 78,000 daily project trips are projected to use the seven new stations

Electric public transportation firm makes comeback

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-capitol-business-beeat-20150202-story.html

The Week in Livable Streets Events

http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/02/02/the-week-in-livable-streets-events-171/

By Damien Newton, February 2, 2015

There’s a lot of fun stuff out there this week if you like transportation policy. Of course, the highlight for us is our Candidates Forum for CD4 on Thursday. See you there!
  • Today – At 2 p.m. the Budget and Finance Committee will discuss a report on the city’s obligation to maintain sidewalks surrounding city-owned buildings. As you may have heard, sidewalk repair is something of a hot issue in City Hall. Read the agenda, here.
 
  • Tuesday - Los Angeles Walks is creating a pedestrian wayfinding system called Walk This Way, LA that gives information on walking times between different destinations, to show connectivity between neighborhoods and change perceptions that many places are too far away to walk. If you’re interested in helping, click here.
 
  • Wednesday – Via LACBC: After years of outreach, stakeholder education, meetings, rides and rallies, we are delighted to report that Councilman Gil Cedillo is seriously considering project options that will create a safe and inclusive North Figueroa that include bike lanes. LACBC is holding a meeting of the Ride Figueroa campaign that evening at 6 p.m. Get the details, here.
 
  • Thursday – Wolfpack Hustle is hosting a group bike ride to the LACBC/L.A. Walks/Streetsblog sponsored Livable Streets Candidate forum. The ride starts at 5:30 at Mornings Night Coffee at Sunset Triangle Plaza, located at Sunset Blvd and Griffith Park Blvd. For more, click here.
 
  • Thursday – With or without the Wolfpack, you should come to the forum. RSVP at Event Brite. The forum starts at 6:30 with a reception, sponsored by Pocrass and De Los Reyes LLC, starting afterwards at 8:30.
 
  • Friday – The Westside Urban Forum takes a look at the growth of bicycling in the Westside. From the announcement, “The Westside, though, maintains a fraught relationship with this resurgent form of transportation. While many Westsiders treasure their road bikes and weekend rides, commuters still face some mean streets. The Westside may be poised for a bicycle revolution.” The Forum starts bright and early at 7 a.m. Read more details, here.