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Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

Here’s How to Ride Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

About a year ago, our city joined the ranks of places like London and New York and Chattanooga and got a bike share—you know, those docking stations downtown that are filled with bikes you can rent for short periods of time.

Monthly passes typically cost $20, BUT because it is (apparently?) “Bike Month,” Metro is offering them for free. Here’s how to get one: Sign up online and use the promo code BIKEMONTH17 at checkout. You can choose to have a new bike share TAP card mailed to you, or you can add it to a Metro TAP card you already have.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About L.A.’s New Bike Share

Now, here’s the important part. Just because the pass is free doesn’t mean you get unlimited access to the bikes. All trips for 30 minutes or less (between when you check out a bike and when you dock it at another station) won’t cost you anything, but trips longer than that will cost $1.75 per half hour.

Also, note that after your first free month, you’ll be charged $20 for every month thereafter unless you switch off auto-renewing. To do that, login to your account on the Metro Bike website, and uncheck the auto-renewing button in the bottom right corner of the page.

Thomas Harlander is a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow him on Twitter andInstagram. He recently wrote: This Might Be the Best Argument for More Bike Lanes

Go Metro to L.A. County GIS Day at Grand Park

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Go Metro to L.A. County GIS Day at Grand Park

GIS Day is celebrated internationally every third Wednesday of November as part of National Geography Awareness Week. It provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

L.A. County GIS Day will be held at Grand Park on Nov. 16. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop by to learn more about how the county, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use GIS in emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

To get to Grand Park, take the Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. There are also multiple bus lines serving the area, as well as Metro Bike Share. (Metro)

Metro Bike Share comes to the Port of Los Angeles

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Metro Bike Share comes to the Port of Los Angeles

Getting from place to place along the LA Waterfront is about to get a little easier – and a lot more fun.

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), has been given the green light by the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners to expand the Metro Bike Share program to the 12-mile LA Waterfront by next summer. The vote clears the way for consideration by the LA County Metro Board, which is expected to vote on the proposal soon.

“Bike Share at the Port of Los Angeles will offer a new, fun and environmentally friendly way to explore and experience the LA Waterfront and its many attractions,” said Doane Liu, deputy executive director at the Port of Los Angeles. “This new program will provide another transportation option for residents and visitors to consider, which will have the added benefit of reducing local traffic and parking congestion too.”

The LA Waterfront Bike Share will include 11 stations to start, eight in San Pedro and three in Wilmington, with approximately 10 shareable bikes per station. Payment kiosks at each station will allow riders to use either their Metro TAP card or credit card to pay, with costs varying depending on the option selected. (Click here to continue reading)

Weigh in on LA County’s Transit Future – Monday, April 11, 2016

Weigh in on LA County’s Transit Future

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LOS ANGELES –  Metro is hosting public meetings across LA County to share details of a proposed measure for the November 2016 ballot that aims to raise as much as $120 billion for new highway, bus and rail projects in LA County. The plan will enhance mobility, ease congestion, keep the economy moving and lead to a better quality of life and improve transportation for the next generation of Angelenos. The meetings kick off on Monday in the San Fernando Valley.

Monday, April 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 91401

For a complete list of meetings, lasting through the end of April, and to read more about the proposed measure, visit metro.net/theplan.

L.A. Metro Joins San Fernando Valley Officials and Community Members to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Innovative Metro Orange Line

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L.A. METRO JOINS SAN FERNANDO VALLEY OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF INNOVATIVE METRO ORANGE LINE

  • In its first decade, the Orange Line has exceeded expectations to become one of the most successful BRT lines in the nation, with new improvements and amenities planned

image001            The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) yesterday joined a host of San Fernando Valley representatives, stakeholders, community members and others to officially celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Metro Orange Line, the most innovative Bus Rapid Transit line of its kind in Los Angeles County and the nation. New amenities, development and connecting transit services are now in the works to make Orange Line service even better for Metro customers.

Dubbed “The Valley’s New Shortcut” when it opened to the public on October 29, 2005, the Orange Line surpassed ridership expectations from the very first day of service to become one of the most heavily used and best performing bus lines on the Metro system.

Ridership has nearly doubled in the last decade, vaulting from approximately 16,000 average weekday boardings in November 2005 to more than 29,000 boardings in September 2015.

In total, the Orange Line has accommodated 74 million boarding passengers in the past decade, and its fast, frequent and reliable service has logged a 91 percent on-time performance record.  The bus line serves as a natural extension of the Metro Red Line in North Hollywood that connects Valley commuters to Downtown L.A. and beyond via Metro’s expanding rail system.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metro Rail this year, we also take note of the 10th anniversary of the Metro Orange Line. It is further evidence that Metro has galvanized a transit revolution here in Los Angeles County,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair.  “With 10 years of service under our belt, we can confidently proclaim that the Orange Line has done exactly what it was intended to do: provide better mobility for the San Fernando Valley.  But we don’t intend to rest on our laurels. We are now planning improvements that will better serve our customers in the coming decade and beyond.”

Metro has steadily improved bus frequencies to meet demand and extended the line to serve more Valley communities.  Buses now operate every four minutes during peak rush hour periods.  Just three years ago, the Orange Line was extended an additional four miles north from Canoga Park to Chatsworth to create an 18-mile multi-modal transit connection at the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station.  The busway’s pedestrian path/bikeway has grown in lockstep, and is now the longest transit-adjacent amenity of its kind in L.A. County.

“The San Fernando Valley is an economic and entertainment hub for our City, and the Orange line continues to play a pivotal role in connecting Angelenos from all corners of our region to the places they want and need to go,” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and Metro Second Vice-Chair.  “By giving Angelenos more transportation options, we are working to ease traffic flow, cut air pollution and ultimately improve livability. Future Metro transit projects promise to further expand the reach of the Orange Line and create the robust, sustainable transit network that Valley commuters deserve.”

The idea of high-capacity buses running every few minutes on their own dedicated right-of-way and stopping at rail-like passenger stations was borrowed from similar BRT lines operating in Curitiba, Brazil.  L.A. County officials visited Curitiba in 1999 and later tailored the BRT concept to meet the L.A. region’s particular transit demands.

“From the first day the Orange Line opened, it was an immediate hit and helped relieve congestion on the 101 freeway,” said Sheila Kuehl, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member. “This line is a custom-made transit solution that gives Valley residents a real alternative to sitting in traffic.”

Plans for the busway were originally conceived on the back of a napkin to be a “rail car on rubber wheels.” Public officials and transit planners envisioned high-capacity buses to run on the line.  The bold new “Metro Liner” articulated compressed natural gas bus built by North American Bus Industries was built expressly for the new service, and was a radical departure from the “breadbox” design of typical Metro buses.  Metro Liners were the most aerodynamic, technologically advanced transit vehicle ever placed into Metro service, and the first articulated transit bus to operate on local streets in more than 20 years.  Like Metro’s other BRT lines, Metro Liners contain a signal priority system that shortens the duration of red signals and lengthens green signals to help the buses more quickly traverse intersections.

Metro continues to look for new ways to improve service capacity.  In early October, Governor Brown signed new legislation that authorizes Metro to utilize double-articulated buses on the Metro Orange Line to significantly increase future capacity on the line.  This new legislation will allow Metro to continue the agency’s leadership role by utilizing new technology to provide transportation service.

A host of new amenities and services will improve parking capacity, safety, improve conditions for bicyclists and offer new residential, retail and commercial  opportunities for Valley commuters.

For example, next week Metro is planning to open a brand new nearly 200-space temporary park & ride facility, as well as off-street bicycle path on Chandler Boulevard between Vineland Boulevard and Fair Avenue near the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station.  The lot is constructed by sustainable elements like special permeable paving and LED lighting.

In addition, the new bike path will connect the Chandler Bikeway to the Orange Line Bikeway, encouraging the continuation of multi-modal trips for bicycle commuters traveling east-west across the Valley.

“The construction of much needed additional parking and the closure of the bikeway gap near the North Hollywood Station really addresses two of the biggest challenges we face at this important Valley transit hub,” said Paul Krekorian, L.A. City Council Member and Metro Board Member. “These improvements will make it easier and safer to access North Hollywood Station, whether by foot, bicycle or car.”

Metro contractors are also now constructing an underground pedestrian passageway between the Metro Red Line and Metro Orange Line stations.  The passageway will provide safe, convenient and direct access between stations, eliminating the need to cross Lankershim Boulevard at street level.  Portals will be constructed between the Mezzanine level of the Metro Red Line Station and the Plaza level at the Metro Orange Line Station.  Escalator, stair and elevator access will be available from both ends of the passageway, and additional ticket vending machines will also be installed for added customer convenience.  The passageway should be completed in mid-2016.

Metro’s restored Lankershim Depot at the corner of Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards is now planned to house a coffee shop in spring 2016.  Additionally, Metro also plans to utilize space within the depot for a new Metro Bike Hub.  The Bike hub will provide customer service, bike repair and retail, as well as provide approximately 200 secure bike parking spaces on adjacent property.  Metro plans to start design work for the bike hub in 2016, with a possible opening in 2018.

As the eastern terminus of the Orange Line, North Hollywood is central to Metro’s future plans to create a thriving transit-oriented community that focuses on compact, walkable and bikeable places in a community context.  Metro owns four parcels encompassing nearly 16 acres of property at or near its transit stations.  Metro is now working closely with the community on development guidelines that will be provided to a future developer. Current concepts include building a high-density but vibrant, walkable and transit-friendly development for North Hollywood that could also include affordable housing, commercial and/or office space.

“Metro-owned property in North Hollywood is the single biggest opportunity we have on the Metro System to create a future thriving transit-oriented community,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “Both Orange Line and Red Line customers as well as the surrounding community will benefit from new opportunities to live, work and play at this major hub.”

New bus services are also planned.  To coincide with the opening of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension on March 5, 2016, Metro now plans to launch a new pilot bus line: the North Hollywood to Pasadena Express. The service will operate from North Hollywood Orange Line and Red Line stations to Pasadena and will include six stops along the way.  The service will run every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours, every 30 minutes during weekday off-peak times and every 30 minutes on the weekends to better connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

Earlier this year, a new expanded bus service connecting the North Hollywood Station with Bob Hope Airport was launched.  The BurbankBus NoHo-Airport Route operates all-day, Monday through Friday, with buses departing North Hollywood Station every 15 minutes during morning and afternoon commute periods, every 20 minutes during the mid-day, and every 45 minutes in the late evening. This November, Metro is partnering with BurbankBus to extend this service during Thanksgiving weekend to include Saturday and Sunday.

Late last year, Metro introduced a new “Valley-Westside Express” that provides transit riders with a faster, easier way to travel between the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles. The express buses run nonstop during peak hours between the Sepulveda Metro Orange Line Station in Van Nuys and Westwood.  The service takes full advantage of the completed network of I-405 carpool lanes that now travel both north and south through the Sepulveda Pass.

About Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County.  Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is, literally, changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking on yesterday’s event celebrating the 10 year anniversary on the opening of the Orange Line at the Sepulveda Orange Line Station with LA County Supervisor Sheila Kruel, LA City Council Nury Martinez and Bob Blumenfield looking on.

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

Metro Introduces Three Safety & Security Innovations

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Media Advisory

METRO AND LASD INTRODUCE NEW

SAFETY & SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES

 Eye in the sky tower, security kiosk and smart technology to improve safety

  WHAT: To continue the highest priority commitment to safety and security, Metro and the LASD announce three major safety technologies to augment ongoing efforts at passenger and employee security. The technologies include the SkyWatch Tower, an eye-in-the-sky that can be raised 24 feet high to monitor parking lots; Security Kiosk that brings law enforcement tools such as closed circuit TV and computers to the field and LexRay, a mobile application technology that accesses data and video directly to the user’s smartphone or tablet.
  WHEN: Thursday, October 08, 2105 at 1 p.m. 
  WHERE: Metro Willow Street Station, 2750 W. American Ave., Long Beach 90806
  WHO: Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington,Board member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker and LASD Transit Policing Division Chief Ronene Anda.
  VISUALS: News cameras allowed to ride up SkyWatch tower for a view from its highest point, access to Security Kiosk with CCTV monitors and other technologies and a demonstration of LexRay that allows the user to access real-time video from stations and platforms on smartphone and tablet. In addition, a Metro bus outfitted with CCTV monitors and operator safety barrier will be on display. 
  CONTACT: Paul Gonzales 213.922.2702/office 213.271.0890/cell

Video of VNNC 1st Inaugural Planning Summit

Last March, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council hosted the first inaugural planning summit for Van Nuys featuring VNNC board members, Recode LA for Van Nuys, Office of Historic Resources, Survey LA, Quimby Funds, the Great Streets Initiative, Valley Relics, the History of Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, local residents, LA Planning policies, Mobility Plan 2035, San Fernando Valley East Transit Corridor, Water LA, FormLA, Theodore Payne Society, Transit Coalition, Plan for a Healthy LA, Development and design for Van Nuys and LADWP solar programs.

We hope this event will help the community to let them know the upcoming transition for Van Nuys into the next Millennium and encourage community participation and engagement toward the future of Van Nuys. Enjoy!

9/24 Workshop – Help Shape the Future of Development at NoHo Station – LOCATION UPDATE

image001Help Shape the Future of Development at the North Hollywood Station – LOCATION UPDATE

** The Community Workshop on Thursday, 9/24 is moving from the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library to the North Hollywood Recreation Center Gymnasium, less than a minute’s walk from the former location. More details below.

Metro’s Joint Development team is engaging the local community to help shape future development at the North Hollywood Metro Station. Metro’s 15.6-acre property at the North Hollywood Station site on Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards is an exciting opportunity for the NoHo Arts District, Metro’s transit riders and the surrounding communities.

We are holding two public meetings for all community stakeholders to discuss ideas for the site. Your input will inform the Development Guidelines, a framework that shapes developer proposals to address community goals and concerns.

Join us to share your vision and guide development at the North Hollywood Station.

Community Meetings

  • Community Workshop
    Thursday, September 24 from 6 to 8pm
    North Hollywood Recreation Center Gymnasium
    11430 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
  • Development Guidelines Open House
    Tuesday, October 13 from 6 to 8pm
    El Portal Theatre
    5296 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

Learn more about Metro’s Joint Development Program and sign up for the project mailing list at metro.net/projects/joint_dev_pgm/.

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Bicycle Safety Classes – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Bike-Safety-ClassFor the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE bicycle safety classes, including a helmet and lights for every participant. All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). These classes are for adults and youth who are at least 14 years old. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian.

People will learn the bicyclist rules of the road, basic principles of bicycling in traffic, lane positioning, destination positioning, common hazards encountered by bicyclists and how to deal with them, simple steps to ensure your bike is in good condition, and proper helmet fit and adjustment.

Sign up at: la-bike.org/bicyclesafetyclasses 

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