Welcome to The
Transit Coalition weekly newsletter! Our organization
participates in meetings with key decision makers
and community leaders and we want to keep you informed
on the latest developments in the transportation
scene across Southern California.
In the past two weeks, several articles regarding
the Orange Line appeared in both the Los Angeles
Times and the LA Daily News. One story
dealt with the proposal by Burbank transportation
commissioner Paul Dyson to extend the Orange Line
to Bob Hope Airport. (See the Dyson presentation
and a map of the proposal). Transit advocate
Dana Gabbard sent a letter
opposing the proposal. A rebuttal
by Dyson soon followed. The Daily News threw
support for the idea. A
second LA Times article reported on a
study that showed promising, if meager, reductions
in traffic on the 101 due to the Orange Line. Community
activists wrote letters
to share their opinions on this development.
Here is a list reviewing other recent developments:
December 24: The LA Times featured
a possible mixed-used development at the El
Monte Busway Station. Officials from the City
of El Monte are working with a local developer,
MTA and Caltrans, all of whom own property at the
station. The bus station, located at I-10 and Santa
Anita Avenue, serves several MTA and Foothill Transit
bus lines, in particular express bus services to
January 1: With Metrolink reaching an all-time
ridership high of 43,000 passengers, the LA
Times reports that Metrolink has
asked rail car manufacturers worldwide to submit
bids to build 80 to 100 coach and cab cars, which
could arrive in 2-1/2 years. What surprises officials
even more is ridership has not tapered off even
as gas prices have fallen.
January 3: In the LA Times Opinion
section was an op-ed
by Rick Cole warning about the dangers of the infrastructure
bond recently proposed
by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger. Of concern was the
lack of vision in choosing which projects would
move forward and how funds for more highways may
further fuel "dumb growth" policies in
the state. A letter
by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) responds
to an editorial
supporting the Red Line.
Goals for 2006: The Transit Coalition plans
to promote several transportation projects to key
stakeholders and decision makers across Southern
California during 2006.
One of the most promising projects is the Metrolink
Regional Rail concept, a major upgrade of Metrolink
service which includes increased number of trains,
expanded service hours into the night and weekends,
implementation of through service to points other
than Los Angeles Union Station and initialization
of service between Union Station and LAX/South Bay.
The Transit Coalition plans to get community and
political support for an extension of the Orange
Line to the Bob Hope Airport Metrolink/Amtrak
Station. Additionally, The Transit Coalition will
work with local stakeholders to get the MTA improve
deficient bus service connecting with the Orange
Line and promote high-quality feeder bus service
from regions west of Warner Center to connect with
the Orange Line.
For a more peculiar vision of 2006, please read
the annual Year
In Transit by Chris "Criswell", a
famous transit advocate and futurist.
Upcoming Events: Metro
San Fernando Valley Governance Council: Wednesday,
January 11, 2006, 6:30 p.m., Marvin Braude Constituent
Center, 6262 Van Nuys Bl., Van Nuys.
SCAG MagLev Task
Force: Thursday, January 12, 11:00 a.m. SCAG
Offices, 818 W. Seventh St., 12th floor, Los Angeles.
Exposition Metro Line
Construction Authority: Thursday, January 12,
2:30 p.m. Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500
W. Temple St., Board Hearing Room 381B, Los Angeles.
(Metrolink) Committee Meetings: Friday, January
13, 10 a.m., SCRRA Offices, 700 S. Flower St., 26th
floor, Los Angeles.
Transit Advocates: Saturday, January 14, 1 p.m.,
Angelus Plaza, Rm. 422, 255 S. Hill St., Los Angeles.
SFV Economic Alliance
Livable Communities Council: Tuesday, January 17,
8 a.m., Economic Alliance Office, Boeckmann-Fleming-Gelb
Board Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA
91403. Guest speaker: Bud Ovrom, City of LA Deputy
Mayor for the Dept. of Economic Development.
Committee Meetings: Wednesday, January 18 and
Thursday, January 19, Board Room, Metro Headquarters,
One Gateway Plaza (adjacent to Union Station), Los
Consider attending our monthly Transit
Coalition Dinner Meeting on Tuesday,
January 24 - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Philippe
The Original, 1001 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles CA
Map) We hope to see you there!
Meeting: Thursday, January 26, 9:30 a.m., Board
Room, Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza (adjacent
to Union Station), Los Angeles.
(Metrolink) Board Meeting: Friday, January 27,
10 a.m. SCAG Conference Room, 12th Floor, 818 W.
Seventh St., Los Angeles.
RailPAC Annual Meeting:
Saturday, January 28, State Rail Museum, Sacramento,
CA. Call 888-508-2640 for information.
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