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Beverly Hills Considers Second Metro Entrance for Rodeo Station

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Beverly Hills Plans for Second Entrance at Wilshire/Rodeo Station

BEVERLY HILLS — The Purple Line’s forthcoming Wilshire/Rodeo Station in Beverly Hills may have something rare among Los Angeles County’s subway stops: a second entrance.

In fact, the City and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority are in the process of evaluating a secondary north portal for the Wilshire/Rodeo Station on Metro’s Westside Purple Line Extension.

The underground station is part of the Purple Line Extension Section 2 that will extend Metro’s subway to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.

The original plan was to have one entrance for the Metro’s Wilshire/Rodeo Station located under Wilshire Boulevard, with the main entrance on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive.

According to a notice distributed this week by the city, the northern entrance could be located at one of three sites, including the northwest corner of Wilshire and Beverly Drive.

The other two locations are the northwest corner of Wilshire and Canon Drive, or the northeast corner of that same intersection – currently being used as a staging area for subway construction.

The City will identify a station location for the North Portal station entrance/exit through the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The process will involve evaluation and screening of alternatives, as well as intensive community engagement and public outreach efforts.

On September 19th, a scoping meeting is scheduled. The three potential exit/entrance locations will be presented. The public is invited to comment and attend.

Scoping Meeting Information: 

What:  Public Scoping Meeting
When: September 19, 2019; 6 – 8 PM
Where: Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery
Open House: 6 PM
Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

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While early construction has already been wreaking havoc with local traffic, the station will be a godsend to residents desiring faster mobility around town.

The proposed secondary North Portal entrance for the Wilshire/Rodeo Station would provide direct access to dense commercial activity centers located north of Wilshire Boulevard.

An entrance on the north side of Wilshire will allow easier access to Beverly Hills’ central business and tourist hub – the “Golden Triangle” – which is bounded by Canon Drive to the east, Wilshire Boulevard to the South, and Santa Monica Boulevard to the north. 

Rodeo Drive, the famed retail corridor for which the subway station is named, runs through the center of this district.

The deal negotiated by Metro and the City of Beverly Hills could also provide Wilshire/Rodeo Station with another rare amenity in the County’s growing rail network: public restrooms.  However, the facilities would not be located within the station itself, but rather in a private development to be built above.

Metro’s Purple Line extension will allow rail service to continue westward from Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown to a new terminus at the Veterans Administration Campus, with intermediate stops in the Mid-Wilshire district, Beverly Hills, Century City, and Westwood. 

The completed extension, scheduled to enter service in 2025, is expected to attract approximately 62,000 daily riders.

Comments may be received during the scoping period from September 5, 2019 through October 7, 2019. They can be submitted during the scoping period in the following ways.

By email: NorthPortal@beverlyhills.org
By mail:
City of Beverly Hills – Transportation Planning
Attn: Jessie Holzer
455 North Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For questions or if you need special assistance to attend the meeting, please contact the Transportation Planning Division at (310) 285-1128 or transportation@beverlyhills.org.

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Expedited Wilshire Metro Work Continues in Beverly Hills

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BEVERLY HILLS — With the temporary, full closure of Wilshire Boulevard between Crescent Drive and Beverly Drive, crews are making significant progress on completing extensive piling work on the Metro Purple Line Project.

The City Council earlier this month approved the closure and a new construction timeline due to reduced traffic flow in connection with the COVID-19 emergency.  

The piling work on the south side of Wilshire was originally scheduled to last through August.  Under the current expedited timeline, the piling work is expected to be complete by early May.

“While we recognize this work is some of the most difficult and impactful to date, it is happening at a more rapid pace and will reduce future congestion in our busy business district when merchants re-open following the COVID-19 emergency,” said Mayor Lester Friedman.  “We appreciate the community’s patience as crews complete this complex project as quickly and safely as possible.”

Map of detours around Metro construction on Wilshire in Beverly Hills

The current work hours are in accordance with the approved Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and were not adjusted for this expedited construction.  The project does include new hauling hours between 7 A.M. and 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. and 7 P.M. Metro may work on non-religious holidays such as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day.

Soft closures will be in place along Wilshire Boulevard within the detour area and local access to businesses will be maintained.

This specially authorized Metro work may continue until the City’s local emergency is cancelled or within five days of notice from the City Manager or designee. For more information, please visit www.beverlyhills.org/purpleline.

Other Purple Line work underway this week includes the following:

  • Wilshire Blvd./Western Ave. – Tunneling Support and Street Maintenance 
  • Wilshire Blvd./La Brea Ave. and Wilshire Blvd./Sycamore Ave. – Hauling, Deliveries and Tunneling Support
  • Wilshire Blvd./Rimpau Blvd. – Center Enclosure, Material Deliveries and Underground Construction
  • Wilshire Blvd. and Side Streets between Western Ave. and San Vicente Blvd. – Instrumentation, Environmental Testing and Street Maintenance 
  • Wilshire Blvd./Fairfax Ave. – Station Construction, Hauling and Concrete Pouring 
  • Wilshire Blvd./Crescent Heights Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd./La Jolla Ave. – Utility and Tunnel Investigation
  • Wilshire Blvd./La Cienega Blvd. – Station Construction, Material Deliveries and Instrumentation
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New LAPD Guidelines Put Pause on Towing & Ticketing Vehicles

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Los Angeles traffic cops are easing up on writing people tickets and towing away their vehicles … and you have coronavirus to thank for it.

L.A. City Hall sources tell TMZ … the LAPD just issued new city-wide guidelines as a result of the state of emergency in California and because of what City Council has ordered them to do … vowing to not issue any citations or haul anyone’s ride away for a lot of parking violations they normally would.

For example … 5 or more unpaid parking tickets are chillin’, so are the folks who park in one location for more than 72 hours, and yes — any inoperable vehicles aren’t going to be touched either for the time being. Just so long as none of these situations pose a threat, that is.

There’s more though — the police department says rush hour parking restrictions are scrapped, street sweeping violations in residential areas are exempt, and abandoned/oversized vehicles or those that park somewhere overnight won’t be hassled at the moment.

And, for those who are behind on their vehicle registration or who may have an expired driver’s license over the last 6 months … you’re good to go too. LAPD will leave you be.

These are fairly sweeping changes amid the pandemic — and considering L.A. is such a huge city, it’s likely other law enforcement agencies across the state (and maybe the country) will follow suit.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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During Pandemic, Lime & Bird Pull Back; Spin Steps Up

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The scooter fleets could be stalled for a while during COVID-19 — unless advocates urge companies to keep them open. Image source: Derrick Pollack/Creative Commons

(Streets Blog USA) — The two largest micromobility companies are pulling their fleets in response to the exploding Covid-19 pandemic — but some smaller players are stepping up to provide citizens with the essential solo transportation services they need to weather the crisis.

Lime — the largest micromobility company in the world, with roughly 120,000 scooters in 30 countries — announced on Wednesday that it is pausing operations apart from a handful of cities in the Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

Bird, the second-largest scooter provider with fleets in 100 cities worldwide, pulled back this week, too, albeit only in Europe, San Francisco and San Jose.

And Uber’s scooter division, Jump, pulled out of Sacramento today; the company did […]

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