Foothill Extension to Gold Line Progress (via The Source)

Work continues to proceed well on the “Iconic Bridge” for the Gold Line Foothill Extension that will bring the Gold Line from Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. The photo above shows one of the supports for the bridge that will carry the tracks from the middle of the 210 freeway toward downtown Arcadia.

After the jump is a “year in review” piece by the Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the project that Metro will operate. The line is scheduled for completion in 2015 and is being paid for with the Measure R sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. Continue reading

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A Little Clarification by Metro (via The Source)

The Reason Foundation — long-time critics of rail mass transit — put together the above video posted to YouTubelast week. It’s amusing. It’s also a little factually challenged.

So in the spirit of fun, here goes… (read the full article at the source) Continue reading

Professional Joint RSBITE and SoCal Meeting (11/16)

Join the Riverside – San Bernardino and SoCal ITE sections for a professional meeting at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch on Tuesday, November 16, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The cost is $10 for students.(Meeting Flyer)

IterisThe key speaker will be Jim Curry, Associate Vice President, Iteris Inc. who will be speaking on “Recent Developments in the Los Angeles Countywide Metro Rapid Signal Priority Program”.

MetroRapidIteris is currently under contract with the Los Angeles County Metro for the design, deployment, and on-going maintenance of bus signal priority systems along seven Metro rapid corridors in Los Angeles County. Under this contract, Iteris works side by side with Metro’s project management team, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and local agencies to deploy state-of-the-art Connected Bus technology including on-board GPS-based AVL and bus radio systems, wireless bus-tointersection communications, and updated controller software to speed Metro Rapid buses along their routes in Los Angeles County.

See you there!

Atlanta’s “Beltway” Project (via The Source)

A vision for Atlanta’s “Beltway” project

I’m a big fan of architectural renderings when it comes to any kind of civic infrastructure. While the drawings aren’t always moored to accuracy, they’re a nice way to get people thinking and/or excited about projects that can take many years to build.

One of the things I do think the California High-Speed Rail Authority has done right is put together a lot of videos and renderings of what the bullet train would look like. I’d like to see that kind of work done on behalf of more urban transit projects, including here in L.A. And, as far as I’m concerned, the more renderings Metro produces, the better. Continue reading

Metro Orange Line Extension Bridges (via The Source)

In the latest sign of construction progress for the Metro Orange Line Extension Project, work crews this week poured the deck for the busway’s bridge over the Los Angeles River in Canoga Park.

The four-mile busway now being built parallels Canoga Avenue on its own right-of-way and crosses the L.A. River near Vanowen Street between the current Canoga station and the future Sherman Way station.

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