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STOP SANTA CLARITA TRANSIT CUTS
Help protect critical service between Santa Clarita and the SFV!
Santa Clarita Transit Cuts Information

PROTECT ORANGE COUNTY TRANSIT
Orange County will see major cuts in bus service! Help protect important services!
Orange County Transit Campaign Information

CALPIRG reports transit funding creates 19% more jobs than road building!

Read more about TransForm's campaign to protect public transportation
in the state budget.


Metro is seeking input on two studies that explores rapid transit options for the notoriously congested Westside. One will focus on an area paralleling Wilshire Blvd., while the other will focus on the Crenshaw/Prairie corridor to Inglewood. Metro invites those concerned about transit to come to these scheduled meetings to learn about the studies and provide their input.

In both studies, different technologies such as heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit and monorail, as well as different alignments, will be considered.

Study area for the Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study

Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study

All meetings start at 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 9 - Emerson Middle School, 1650 Selby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • Thursday, October 11 - Pan Pacific Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Tuesday, October 16 - Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • Wednesday, October 17 - Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • Thursday, October 18 - Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Send written comments to:

    David Mieger, AICP
    Project Manager and Deputy Executive Officer
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
    One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop: 99-22-5
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

    Comments may also be submitted through the “Contact Us” page of the project web site at www.metro.net/westside, or by phone on the project information line at (213) 922-6932. Comments should be received no later than Thursday, November 1, 2007.

    A general map of study area for the Crenshaw-Prairie Transit Corridor Study

    Crenshaw-Prairie Transit Corridor Study

  • Monday, October 15 - 6 p.m., Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae St., Inglewood, CA 90305, (310) 412-5391
  • Wednesday, October 17 - 6 p.m., Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016, (323) 964-9768
  • Saturday, October 20 - 9 a.m., Audubon Middle School, 4120 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008, (323) 290-6300

    Send written comments to:

    Alan Patashnick
    Metro Planning Director South Bay Area
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
    One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-3
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

    Comments may also be submitted through e-mail at patashnickalan@metro.net or by phone on the project information line at (213) 922-2736. Comments should be received no later than Monday, November 5, 2007.


    September 2007 Campaign:


    Traffic congestion is increasing on highways between Los Angeles and Orange Counties. An upgrade of the I-5 through the Gateway Cities is at least a decade away. Metrolink commuter-oriented rail service parallels the freeway but is infrequent and has no late night or weekend service.

    Los Angeles County continues to lag in making Metrolink more convenient to the passenger. To the south, Orange County will bring 30-minute Metrolink service to their area by the end of the decade. With some modest track improvements, the same kind of service can be brought to the San Fernando Valley, Downtown L.A., and southeast L.A. County.

    Metrolink Chatsworth-Laguna Niguel Service via Los Angeles

    The Transit Coalition aims to improve Metrolink service in the Southland through our Metrolink MAX campaign! It is important that you as a rail user write to elected officials and urge them to bring 30-minute service to the Ventura County and Antelope Valley Lines! There are some improvements that can be pursued:

  • Add a second track to the Ventura County line between Chatsworth and Van Nuys
  • Add additional sidings to the Antelope Valley Line between Sun Valley and Santa Clarita
  • Increase capacity on tracks between Los Angeles and Fullerton owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
  • Complete the "sealed corridors" program, where grade crossings are improved to increase safety and decrease train-auto collisions
  • Build grade separations at major street crossings, where necessary
  • Add reverse commute service between Lancaster and L.A. Union Station
  • Provide mitigation especially where tracks run near residential areas
  • Increase midday service
  • Add weekend service
  • Add late night service to the Antelope Valley Line
  • Build L.A. Union Station Run-Through Tracks
  • Extend San Fernando Valley lines to LAX via Union Station and Harbor Subdivision

    Los Angeles Union Station Run-Through Tracks

    Passenger Rail Service from Union Station to LAX via the Harbor Subdivision

    Act today! Your letters can make a difference! Write to the Los Angeles mayor, county supervisors and Metro board members and ask that they fight to fund these vital improvements!

    The Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa
    Mayor, City of Los Angeles
    200 North Spring St., Room 303
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-3239
    Zev Yaroslavsky
    Supervisor, Third District
    County of Los Angeles
    821 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 W. Temple St.,
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-2706
    Michael D. Antonovich
    Supervisor, Fifth District
    County of Los Angeles
    869 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
    500 West Temple Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-2706
    Ara Najarian
    Councilmember
    City of Glendale
    Management Services - Room 200
    613 E. Broadway
    Glendale, CA 91206-4391
    Richard Katz
    Metro Board Member
    4009 Woodman Canyon Ave.
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-4738
    David Fleming
    Latham & Watkins
    10 Universal City Plaza, Ste. 2570
    Universal City, CA 91608-1088

    Donate and receive an annual subscription to our print newsletter!Additionally, our members educate interested groups on the value of this service and the necessary steps to make it happen. We continue to visit officials, community groups, business leaders, and other organizations, incurring travel expenses. Our office must maintain a full-time staff to attend meetings during the day, prepare printed materials, and organize events. Your generous contributions go a long way in offsetting these costs. You can mail your check payable to "The Transit Coalition" (along with this printable form) or use your credit card to donate online (via our Metrolink MAX campaign website). Members will stay appraised of developments, volunteer opportunities and action items.

    You can also view the information on this page in PDF format for 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17 printers. Don't hesitate to print this flyer and hand them to Metrolink passengers. If you want a member of The Transit Coalition to come and brief you or your group on this exciting improvement, please call our office at (818) 362-7997 to schedule a meeting date.

    To learn about improvements needed on this corridor, including those related to Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service, visit the LOSSAN Corridor website.

    Visit our new website:

    www.metrolinkmax.net


    July & August 2007 Campaign:

    Bad News on State Transit Funding

    As you may have heard, the State Assembly in its final 2007-08 budget version voted to slash $1.26 billion from public transit, almost all of the Governor's proposed $1.3 billion cut, and including public transit funds that were already programmed for new key transit projects. The Assembly thus ignored recommendations made by the State Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees and the Budget Conference Committee to protect public transit funding, and instead voted to balance California's budget in large part on the backs of transit riders.

    The remaining funding for 2007-08, $406 million in the State Transit Assistance program, is still at risk for cuts by State Senators, who haven't yet voted on the budget.

    And as if this wasn't bad enough, Assembly members voted to permanently redirect 50% of state "spillover" funds to general fund purposes, despite the fact that by law these funds are supposed to go to public transit. And the remainder of these state funds can also be taken away with a 2/3 vote.

    If you care about public transit in your community, please take a moment to write or call your Senator at State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814 to ask him/her to do two things:

    1. Protect the current remaining funding for public transit that is in the Assembly's version of the state budget.

    2. Oppose the permanent redirection of half of the Spillover funds and support a long-term solution that truly protects and expands funding for public transit.

    If you need to find our who your Senator is, please visit

    If you prefer to send an email, an easy way can be found at:

    http://www.calpirg.org/action/world-class-public-transit/cuts?id4=ES
     
     
    Please ask your coworkers, friends and family to voice their support for state transit funds, too, by forwarding on this email!

    Thank you!

    Sharon Sprowls
    Executive Director
    Odyssey
     
     


    April 2007 Campaign:

    Precious transit operations funds from the state continue to be threatened by proposals to shift "spillover" funds from excess gas tax revenues to the state general fund. Established in 1972, the Spillover is triggered when collections from the sales tax on gasoline increase at a faster rate than all other taxable items. It serves as the only source of state funds for transit operations. Recent increases in gas prices have raised the Spillover to $624 million in FY 07. The spillover is projected to reach $1.1 billion in FY 08.

    However, over $1.68 billion from the Spillover has been used for non-transit programs since 2001. This could severely undermine transit growth even as transit usage continues to outpace travel by other modes.

    Spillover Funds Diversions Since 2001

    Join us in fighting these cuts by contacting key elected officials and voicing your concerns. For those unfamiliar with the fight, you can read an explanation and benefits of the Spillover account courtesy of Cal-PIRG.


  • February 2007 Campaign:

    As a means of preserving existing service, Metro needs to make some tough choices. Fare increases are politically unpopular and additional federal and state funds for bus and rail operations are unattainable. This leaves Metro with the only other option: to cut transit service where it is on the increase.

    History of Los Angeles Transit Fares 1981-2005

    Metro has not raised fares since 1995. Operations costs and fuel prices have predictably increased. Historically, its fare-box recovery ratio (the cost of operations costs covered by fares) has been on the decline. Today, Metro for its size accounts for one of the lowest fare-box recovery ratios in the nation.

    Farebox Recovery At Other Transit Agencies

    Metro Farebox Recovery 1960-2006

    Fares and Passes Implemented

    Inform yourself! Take a look at the following presentation on the Metro structural deficit and learn about the gravity of the situation. (This problem is not news to Metro. Staff warned to the Board about the deficit using another presentation as early as April 2006.) Then, send one e-mail to all 13 Metro Board members and ask that they adjust fares according to current operational realities.


    January 2007 Campaign:

    Metro will soon roll out its "Metro Connections" program that intends to make bus service more efficient. In fact, it will cut service to various areas around Los Angeles, especially in the San Fernando Valley, where bus service must be improved due to population growth. Metro has a list of proposed cuts online.

    Please make your concerns known during these upcoming Sector Governance Council meetings:

    SAN FERNANDO VALLEY SECTOR
    February 7, 2007, 6:30 PM
    Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center
    6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
    Van Nuys

    GATEWAY CITIES SECTOR
    February 8, 2007, 5 PM
    The Gas Company
    9240 Firestone Blvd.
    Downey

    SOUTH BAY SECTOR
    February 9, 2007, 9:30 AM
    Carson Community Center
    801 Carson St. 3369
    Carson

    SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SECTOR
    February 12, 2007, 6 PM
    SGV Sector Office
    3369 Santa Anita Ave.
    El Monte

    WESTSIDE/CENTRAL SECTOR
    February 14, 2007, 5 PM
    La Cienega Tennis Center
    325 So. La Cienega Blvd.
    Beverly Hills

    Additionally, you can write to Metro at Metro Customer Relations, One Gateway Plaza, 99PL4, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2932, Attn: Service Changes June 2007 before February 14, send an email to customerrelations@mta.net, or fax your concerns to (213) 922-6988. You can also forward your concerns to The Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, 200 North Spring St., Room 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3239.

    If you wish to view the information on this page in a compact fashion, view our PDF flyer. If you have an 11x17 printer, feel free to print this flyer and hand them to bus passengers.


    November 2006 Campaign:

    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) welcomes the public to attend the next meetings in the community-based planning process for the modernization of LAX. The focus of these meetings will be to discuss the North Airfield Preliminary Concepts. The concepts are now available for review at the LAWA website.

    Don't miss this chance to voice airport officials on the importance and necessity of bringing Green Line service to Lincoln/Sepulveda with access to LAX!

    The next set of meetings to be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. OR
  • Saturday, December 9, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    For public convenience, two meetings have been scheduled. Attendance is not necessary at both meetings as the same material will be presented.

    Flight Path Learning Center
    Imperial Terminal
    6661 W. Imperial Highway
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    The location is accessible by Beach Cities Transit Line 109, and is a short walk away from Metro Line 232 and Torrance Transit Line 8, just west of Sepulveda and Imperial. Free parking is available.

    To view the LAX Specific Plan and learn about the Amendment Study, please visit the LAWA page dedicated to the study. For more information on the outreach meetings, please contact Los Angeles World Airports at (800) 919-3766.


  • October 2006 Campaign:

    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) welcomes the public to attend the next meetings in the community-based planning process for the modernization of LAX. The focus of these meetings will be to discuss the North Airfield Preliminary Concepts. The concepts will be accessible on the LAX Master Plan website on October 17, 2006.

    This is your chance to voice airport officials on the importance and necessity of bringing Green Line service to Lincoln/Sepulveda with access to LAX!

    The next set of meetings to be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. OR
  • Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    For public convenience, two meetings have been scheduled. Attendance is not necessary at both meetings as the same material will be presented.

    Proud Bird Restaurant
    11022 Aviation Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-6105

    The restaurant is accessible by Metro Line 439, Santa Monica Bus Line 3 and Culver City Bus Line 6 (Weekday and Weekend schedules available). Free parking is available.

    To view the LAX Specific Plan and learn about the Amendment Study, please visit the LAWA page dedicated to the study. For more information on the outreach meetings, please contact Los Angeles World Airports at (800) 919-3766.


  • October 2006 Campaign:

    Councilmember Alex Padilla will dedicate the San Fernando Road Bicycle Path on Thursday, November 2, 10 a.m. The new bike path parallels San Fernando Rd. from Hubbard St. to Roxford St. Families are invited to bring their bicycles and ride the path to celebrate its grand opening. The event will be held at the San Fernando/Sylmar Metrolink Station on Hubbard St. and First St. and will serve refreshments at 9:30 a.m.

    For more information, call (818) 756-8409.


    September 2006 Campaign:

    Amtrak has been without authorization legislation since 2002. Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the "Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2005" (PRIIA) on July 27, 2005. The bill provides for "Amtrak reform and operational improvements," authorizes Amtrak for the six years Fiscal 2006-2011, provides for capital assistance for states, and development of state rail plans. Debate and a vote in the full Senate on S.1516 are very likely to occur during the last half of September. Go to the Senate website, contact your two senators and ask them to approve S. 1516 but also to vote "no" for three bad amendments:

  • One by John Sununu (R-NH) would kill the long-distance network by requiring Amtrak to discontinue trains that lose more than a certain amount of money per passenger.
  • Another Sununu amendment would allow an entity other than Amtrak or the host railroad to petition FRA to replace Amtrak as the operator of a route.
  • Finally, an amendment by Jeff Sessions (R-AL) would strike language aimed at facilitating reduction of Amtrak's debt, even as Amtrak was paying interest rates as high as 9.5% on some debt.

    A summary of S. 1516 and further descriptions of the three amendments are provided courtesy of the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP).


  • August 2006 Campaign:

    The Metro [MTA] Board will finally adopt the official color for the Expo Line this month. The Friends 4 Expo Transit steering committee enthusiastically endorses the staff recommendation for the "Metro Aqua Line" to join the network of Blue, Red, Green, Gold, and Orange Lines.

    During the planning process for this line, where aqua was often used in Metro's public presentations, many of us discussed possible colors. We concluded (along with other transit organizations) that aqua is a great color for a branch of the Blue Line that goes to the ocean in Santa Monica, passing several aqua-colored landmarks along the way.

    You may have heard about L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks' original alternative, "Gray Line," and his current motion to color it "Rose" but call it the "Expo Line." We respectfully disagree. Our additional reasons are below.

    We invite all grass-roots supporters of the Expo Line to make their voices heard. Let's show the Metro Board members this color choice is important to all of us who look forward to riding the line! Click here to send one e-mail to all 13 Metro Board members before the Metro Board considers it on Thursday, August 24 (Board schedule).

    Why Aqua is a fitting color for the Expo Line:

  • The color aqua is identified with many landmarks along the corridor including the Convention Center, the Coliseum, Ballona Creek, and signs in the Figueroa Corridor and downtown Culver City.

  • Although Friends 4 Expo Transit coined the name "Expo Line" (which will remain its informal name for many), a color name will better integrate this line into the Metro Rail system.

  • Aqua is a vibrant color fitting of this diverse and vibrant corridor.

  • Audience members at the one public discussion about color (in the May 4 Dorsey High Construction Authority meeting) clearly favored Aqua.

  • There has been no public discussion at all of the color Rose, and it is most identified with Pasadena (the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade) on the other side of town.

    To learn more about the Expo Line, visit the following websites:

  • Friends4Expo
  • Metro
  • Exposition Light Rail Construction Authority


  • July 2006 Campaign:

    In response to the tragic Metrolink January 2005 accident in Glendale, Assemblymember Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) is pushing forward with his bill to prohibit "push-pull" operations on California commuter rail services.


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