Metro offers free bus and rail line rides
New Year's Eve to New Year's Day
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—People planning to attend the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl game or other events were urged to take advantage of mass transit to avoid parking problems and high gas prices.
Metro officials noted, meanwhile, that its bus and rail lines will be free from 9 p.m. New Year's Eve to 2 a.m. New Year's Day to give people an alternative to drinking and driving. Metro rail lines and the Orange Line busway will offer 24-hour service on Friday.
Additional service will be provided on the Metro Gold Line on Saturday to accommodate people heading to Pasadena for the Rose Parade and/or game. The increased number of trains will be deployed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., with trains running about every seven or eight minutes.
Parking will be available at several Gold Line stations, including Sierra Madra Villa, Del Mar, Fillmore, Mission, Heritage Square/Arroyo, Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park, Union Station, Indiana and Atlantic, according to Metro.
People heading to the Rose Bowl for the game were urged to take the Gold Line to the Memorial Park station, then walk three blocks west on Holly Street to the Parsons Corp. complex to catch the free Rose Bowl Game shuttle bus.
Parade fans can also take the Gold Line to the post-parade float-viewing area. Fans can take the Gold Line to the Sierra Madre Villa Station, then board a shuttle bus at the Bus Plaza on the first level of the parking structure.
Except for the Gold and Orange lines, other Metro routes on Saturday will operate on a Sunday schedule. Information on routes and schedules is available online at www.metro.net.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Ground will be broken tomorrow on a project that will convert carpool lanes on stretches of the Harbor (110) and San Bernardino (10) freeways into toll lanes accessible to solo drivers.
The so-called Express Lanes project will transform about 25 miles of carpool lanes on the highways into high occupancy toll, or HOT lanes, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Solo drivers will be required to pay a toll that will range from 25 cents to $1.40 per mile, depending on traffic.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—More than $30 million in federal stimulus funds has been set aside for buying property and doing other preliminary work in the Los Angeles area for a high-speed rail system that would run from San Diego to the Bay Area, transit officials announced.
California High-Speed Rail Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said the money might be used to buy Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, where three segments of the line would converge.
LANCASTER, Calif. — A registered sex offender accused of using a cellphone camera to capture video up hundreds of women’s skirts in Lancaster and elsewhere in Los Angeles County was in custody and facing prosecution, authorities said.
After a detailed examination of the candidates, including closed-door interviews with both Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, the community group that has led the advocacy efforts for a Leimert Park Village Station and 11-block Crenshaw Boulevard tunnel on the Crenshaw-LAX Rail Line released their scorecard on the two mayoral candidates. The Crenshaw Subway Coalition grades both Garcetti and Greuel “A-” on the Leimert Park Village Station; and on the 11-block Crenshaw Boulevard tunnel Garcetti receives a “C” and Greuel a “B+.”
The Crenshaw Subway Coalition is gearing up for a possible showdown over additional funding for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line, including a Leimert Park Village Station, but may have to await a May 23 decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board on just how bruising—or necessary—a showdown will be.