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Move LA's mission is to build a broad constituency that will advocate for the development of a comprehensive, diverse, robust, clean and financially sound public transportation system for Los Angeles County. Move LA also champions strategies to accelerate system implementation and policies to ensure that there are prosperous and healthy neighborhoods around stations where people of all ages and incomes can live, work and thrive.
Now that a bill has passed reversing 1991 legislation banning construction of a rail project on the right of way that became the Orange Line, elected officials and other San Fernando Valley leaders are calling for conversion of the Orange Line to light rail, and an extension to the Bob Hope Airport and on to Glendale and Pasadena â€” to be paid for with proceeds from a sales tax measure likely to go on the 2016 ballot. (At a Metro board meeting yesterday a motion was passed directing Metro staff to develop protocols for adding unfunded projects â€” such as this proposed conversion and extension â€” to its long range plan, including an amendment that noted some current projects remain underfunded by the existing Measure R sales tax and should be given funding priority in a new measure.) Move LA’s Denny Zane and Beth Steckler concluded the press conference evidenced that there is a very collaborative â€” not competitive â€” dynamic characterizing recent discussions about what projects should be included in a future sales tax measure. Below are some of the things said at the press conference, a video of which can be viewed on Metro’s The Source HERE.
LA City Councilmember (and Metro boardmember) Paul Krekorian: People who live in the San Fernando Valley are not wedded to their cars! . . . Part of the reason for initiating this dialogue is to figure where the money will come from, and where’s the most opportunity for game-changing investments? That’s why we’re considering a future sales measure.
Glendale City Councilmember Ara Najarian: There are 30,000 boardings a day on the Orange Line!
LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfeld: We need more capacity on the Orange Line. There are 50,000 jobs in Warner Center and the new specific plan calls for another 40,000 jobs.
LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: In order for the Metro board to know what to put on the ballot we need a well-thought-out list of projects to consider. And that is why we are having that discussion.
Curbed LA posts this video in a story that begins “Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they’re also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn’t otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!)” Videographer Ian Wood shot this with a GoPro camera attached to a … MORE
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says that Mayor Garcetti told those in attendance at a transportation forum with San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County officials that he’d like to see the Gold Line extended to both cities if funding can be found. Garcetti also said he’d like to … MORE
The Source posts a 20-second video of the existing track being welded to the second phase of Expo — a six mile extension from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica that includes 7 stations.
James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic and one-time speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter (the youngest person ever to hold that job) is a fan of California’s high-speed rail project, and his support for HSR is growing. His reasons range from the dynamic effect of big projects like the … MORE
. . . Ever since Metro gave its contractors a “notice to proceed” on building the Regional Connector, a 1.9-mile underground light rail line connecting the Gold Line to the Blue Line and Expo Line in downtown Los Angeles — to open in 2020. It allows trains to … MORE
Last week Governor Brown signed a bill making it legal to convert the Orange Line BRT project into light rail, reversing a bill passed in 1991 that had prohibited light rail along the old Southern Pacific right-of-way. Coby King of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association says it’s time … MORE
Metrolink is now providing weekend service from downtown Riverside to LA with stops in between at La Sierra, North Main Corona, West Corona, Fullerton, Buena Park and Norwalk!
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Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane made a clarion call for the proposed Measure R2 half-cent sales tax for transportation on page 2 of the LA Times “Mobility” supplement, in an opening essay entitled “Let’s Dream BIG.” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s comments at Move LA’s 6th Annual Transportation Conversation … MORE
These rent increases would come on top of steady gains in average rents over the past few years, suggesting that the recent sharp uptick in apartment construction is not slowing the increase in rents. The information is from a new survey by the national real estate brokerage firm of … MORE