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Subway Community Meeting April 15

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Metro will hold a community meeting on the Westside Subway Extension to provide an update on Metro’s progress with this project. Since the Station Information Meetings held in late 2009, Metro has further refined station details and continued to analyze the performance of the alternatives as part of our ongoing work on the Draft EIS/EIR for the subway.

Agenda

6 :00– 6:15PM: Open House
6:15 – 7:15PM: Presentation
7:15 – 8:00PM: Public Comment

Monday, April 12
LACMA West – Terrace Room, 5th Floor
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Served by Metro Lines 20, 720, 920, 217 & 780.
Validated vehicle parking is available in the Museum’s 6th Street underground garage.
Enter from 6th and Ogden.
Spanish & Korean translation will be provided.

Thursday, April 15
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Served by Metro Line 4.  Free vehicle and bike parking is available.
Russian translation will be provided.

Monday, April 19
Beverly Hills Public Library – Auditorium
444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Served by Metro Line 4, 14, 16 & 704.
Free 2-hour parking is available in the adjacent structure.
Spanish translation will be provided.

Tuesday, April 20
Santa Monica Public Library – Multi-Purpose Room
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Served by Metro Lines 4, 20, 333 & 720 and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Lines 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
Validated vehicle and free bike parking is available.
Spanish translation will be provided.

Wednesday, April 21
Westwood Hills Christian Church
10808 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Served by Metro Lines 2/302, 20, 720, 920, 761 & 305 and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 1, 2, 3, 8 & 12.  Free parking at the Church and metered street parking are available.
Spanish translation will be provided.

ADA Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for MTA-sponsored meetings.  All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date.  Please telephone the project information line at 213.922.6934.Our TDD line is 800.252-9040.

For more information about the Metro Westside Subway Extension, go to www.metro.net/Westside

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Expedited Wilshire Metro Work Continues in Beverly Hills

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Subway Tunnel - Photo by Claudia Soraya/cc

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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