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This is Why People Are Moving to DTLA: Visual Details As Seen By Drone

Curbed LA posts this video in a story that begins "Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they're also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn't otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!)" Videographer Ian Wood shot this with a GoPro camera attached to a "quad propellered romote controlled helicopter that looks a bit like a mutant chicken."

LA Mayor Garcetti Supports Gold Line to both Whittier and South El Monte

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says that Mayor Garcetti told those in attendance at a transportation forum with San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County officials that he'd like to see the Gold Line extended to both cities if funding can be found. Garcetti also said he'd like to see the Gold Line extended from Azusa to Montclair, and would like to help find funding for the project whether or not it gets added to Metro's short-range plan.

Metro has been seeking feedback from cities around the county about which projects they'd like to see funded if the board decides to put a new transportation sales tax measure on the ballot in 2016.

The story is in the SGV Tribune.

The Present Expo Line Meets the Future

The Source posts a 20-second video of the existing track being welded to the second phase of Expo -- a six mile extension from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica that includes 7 stations.

James Fallow on HSR, One of Governor Brown's Major Ambitions

James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic and one-time speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter (the youngest person ever to hold that job) is a fan of California's high-speed rail project, and his support for HSR is growing. His reasons range from the dynamic effect of big projects like the freeway system and like HSR to the many health and pollution benefits this alternative to air travel will bring.

In the Atlantic.

4 Metro Rail Projects Now Officially Under Construction

. . . Ever since Metro gave its contractors a "notice to proceed" on building the Regional Connector, a 1.9-mile underground light rail line connecting the Gold Line to the Blue Line and Expo Line in downtown Los Angeles -- to open in 2020. It allows trains to run directly between Santa Monica and East LA on an east-west line and between Azusa and Long Beach on a north-south line.

More on The Source.

Valley Could Get a Light Rail Line From Canoga Park to Chatsworth -- Or Not

Last week Governor Brown signed a bill making it legal to convert the Orange Line BRT project into light rail, reversing a bill passed in 1991 that had prohibited light rail along the old Southern Pacific right-of-way. Coby King of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association says it's time for the SF Valley to run light rail north-south from Canoga Park to Chatsworth -- because of the potentially high ridership. But first it might have to make it into Metro's long-range plan, which may be revised soon: On The Source.

Others, however -- in this case Annie Weinstock and Stephanie Lotshaw on Streetsblog -- argue that it would be better to just improve the Orange Line because light rail provides no real advantage. Read it here.


Metrolink is now providing weekend service from downtown Riverside to LA with stops in between at La Sierra, North Main Corona, West Corona, Fullerton, Buena Park and Norwalk!

More on The Source.

Move LA on Page 1 of LA Times "Mobility" Supplement

Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane made a clarion call for the proposed Measure R2 half-cent sales tax for transportation on page 2 of the LA Times "Mobility" supplement, in an opening essay entitled "Let's Dream BIG." LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's comments at Move LA's 6th Annual Transportation Conversation were laid out in a story on the following pages, where he noted that voter approval of Measure R in 2008 has helped LA County secure major federal funding for transportation, including 2 Full Funding Grant Agreements and 2 low-interest federal loans totalling almost $3 billion -- for the Wilshire Subway and the Regional Connector in downtown LA, which begin construction soon. In addition, these are some of the projects that Measure R2 could fund:
* Completion of the rail line to LAX
* A tunnel and light rail line underneath the 405 freeway, connecting the San Fernando Valley to the Westside and to LAX
* A Grand Boulevards program that could fund renovation of "Main Streets" with more frequent transit, cleaner and safer bus stops with real-time info, streetscape improvements and landscaping, bike lanes and wide sidewalks, off-street parking, a mitigation program for small businesses, street resurfacing with cool pavement, signal synchronization, and incentives for mixed-use mixed-income residential developments
* Light rail extensions: The Foothill Extension to San Bernardino County, Eastside Gold Line to both Whittier and South El Monte, Crenshaw Line to Wilshire and then to Hollywood, Green Line to Torrance and possibly to the Blue Line and to the Norwalk Metrolink station, and the West Santa Ana Line from downtown LA to Cerritos
* Completion of the Wilshire Subway to Santa Monica
* Bike and pedestrian projects
* A modernization of Metrolink
* Deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission goods movement projects.

"Measure R has been a game-changer for LA," Denny wrote. "It's changed the way the nation views us and should change the way we view ourselves. We are now a success story, a county that's fixing its problems.

Why not be the community we aspire to be?" he asks. "We already have the best weather."

Check out Move LA in the Mobility supplement here. And check out the entire supplement here.


Nearly 78% of SoCal Landlords Plan to Hike Rents in Next 12 Months

These rent increases would come on top of steady gains in average rents over the past few years, suggesting that the recent sharp uptick in apartment construction is not slowing the increase in rents. The information is from a new survey by the national real estate brokerage firm of Marcus and Millichap; spokesman John Sebree says that the improving economy, faster-than-average population growth in the prime renter age group of 20 to 34, will continue to drive demand even though multi-family construction has returned to pre-recession levels -- because not enough new apartments are being built.

Read more in the LA Times.

Metro Board Approves New Station to Bring People Into LAX

Metro's Board of Directors has taken an important step toward correcting the "historic mistake" (to use the words of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti) of terminating the Green Line 2 miles short of LAX: This Thursday the board unanimously approved a new Crenshaw light rail line station at Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, where airport-bound passengers can check in for their flights before getting on a People Mover for a ride to terminals at LAX. While the Measure R sales tax has funded the planning of this station, it will not fund construction; Metro needs to ID a new source of funding to build it. The new station would also serve some Green Line trains. Many airports -- including those in San Francisco and Chicago -- use People Movers to transport passengers from rail lines into their terminals.

Read more on Metro's The Source.


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