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What’s the most efficient way to transport 300 passengers?

What’s the most efficient way to transport 300 passengers?

→  August 23, 2009

It’s a thought-provoking question. Here in Los Angeles, the car capital of the world, the average car on the freeway carries 1.1 passengers, and we spend an average of 100 hours per year commuting to and from work, which is not very efficient at all. More frequently than not, the car pool lanes are backed up [...]

The Metro, Neighborhoods, and Maintenance Yards

The Metro, Neighborhoods, and Maintenance Yards

→  August 5, 2009

Would you want to have a Metro Maintenance Yard in your community or on your street? Most people want the “status quo” and prefer that any new municipal, civic, cultural, and private development occur somewhere else. They’re called (“NIMBY”) which is the acronym for “Not in My Back Yard.” Which brings me to the salient issue [...]

The Metro Gold Line Extension is coming to East Los Angeles

The Metro Gold Line Extension is coming to East Los Angeles

→  August 3, 2009

With the upcoming opening of the Gold Line Extension soon approaching, I wanted to provide a quick preview of the route and its proposed stops. The Metro’s Gold Line Extension features include: Six miles of new rail, which allows those residents better access for public transportation Connections directly to the existing Metro Gold Line to Pasadena, without the [...]

Welcome to the Metro Gold Line Car Wash

Welcome to the Metro Gold Line Car Wash

→  July 27, 2009

Have you ever wondered how the Metro keeps their trains clean? A Clean Train is much better than a Dirty Train! A few days ago, I was among a fortunate few to be able to take a tour of Metro’s light rail maintenance yards, which included the Gold Line.  Included in the yards were the usual [...]

The Los Angeles Metro Vanpool Program

The Los Angeles Metro Vanpool Program

→  July 20, 2009

Most people aren’t aware of it, but the Los Angeles Metro has a Vanpool Program that provides alternative transportation choices for commuters, improves air quality, reduces traffic congestion in Los Angeles County, and provides a real-world solution that co-workers or fellow Vanpool riders can save money, time, and stress, during their weekly work commutes. This under [...]

Reduce the Costs of Traffic Congestion by using Metro

Reduce the Costs of Traffic Congestion by using Metro

→  July 13, 2009

Just released this week, the Texas Transportation Institute’s Annual Mobility Report concludes that: “Travelers spent one hour less stuck in traffic in 2007 than they did the year before and wasted one gallon less gasoline than the year before. The differences are small, but they represent a rare break in near-constant growth in traffic over 25 [...]

Free Park and Ride with the Los Angeles Metro

Free Park and Ride with the Los Angeles Metro

→  July 6, 2009

Free? Who doesn’t like free stuff? Free parking is included in the Metro’s Park and Ride Lots throughout the City, and they’re all part of, and connected to, a Metro location. Why own a Car but also use the Metro? Simple and to-the-point— Metro’s Park and Ride is a go-between for drivers who prefer to combine modes of [...]

The Los Angeles Metro is now on Google Maps

The Los Angeles Metro is now on Google Maps

→  July 3, 2009

Just in time for the  4th of July weekend—now anybody can effortlessly access Los Angeles Metro routes simply by using Google Maps. This has been in the works for quite some time and now the service is live. The coverage is world-wide also. LA Metro is now part of a network of 412 cities worldwide that [...]

Metro Monday’s Tour Maps

Metro Monday’s Tour Maps

→  June 29, 2009

Last week, I had an enlightening email exchange with one of my readers who is soon traveling to California to visit his children. He doesn’t live here, so he isn’t very familiar with the LA Metro system, but nonetheless loves the idea of using Metro wherever he goes. He had so many questions! How walkable are the [...]

The Los Angeles Metro Subway

The Los Angeles Metro Subway

→  June 7, 2009

Because I took the Los Angeles Subway home after finishing my Downtown walking tour, I thought it would make for a great story for today’s Metro Monday. Along with over 200 bus lines, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has four Metro Rail Lines. Los Angeles Metro Subway Background With about 14 million people in the greater Los [...]

10 Reasons to Use Mass Transit

10 Reasons to Use Mass Transit

→  May 25, 2009

On Thursday morning, another sunny and beautiful Los Angeles Spring day greeted me, so I decided that I wanted to go to a museum. I then checked the list on the Free Museum Days link on Travelin’ Local, and discovered that the Skirball Cultural Center, is free to the public every Thursday. Although I’m going to the [...]

The Metro, LADWP, and Alternative Fuel

The Metro, LADWP, and Alternative Fuel

→  May 11, 2009

For today’s Metro Monday article, I’ll begin at the ending of my trip last week, via the “534 Express” to Malibu, California. Last time, I started my route in Santa Monica. However, this time, upon my return, I rode the 534 Express from Malibu, taking Interstate 10 to the end of the line at Washington Blvd. and Fairfax [...]