September 2, 2012 |
Construction has kicked off on a $63-million apartment and shopping complex near a light-rail station on the edge of downtown Culver City as developers move to capitalize on the new Expo Line. The six-story project is being built by Santa Monica-based apartment landlord NMS Properties. The development at 9901 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles, across the street from Culver City, will be known as NMS@Culver City. It will house 131 units over restaurants and shops. The complex is across from the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Sony Pictures Plaza office building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2012 |
The top executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has asked the agency's inspector general to investigate an alignment problem on the new Expo Line that experts say presents a risk of derailment if left uncorrected. Art Leahy, Metro's chief executive officer, announced during Thursday's board meeting that he had directed Inspector General Karen Gorman to look into the junction at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, where the Blue and Expo light rail lines merge just south of downtown Los Angeles.
July 22, 2012 |
Light-rail passenger service returned to Culver City last month after a nearly 60-year break, speeding the evolution of the formerly insulated bedroom community into an urban hub of business and revelry. Hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of real estate development are in the pipeline, including a project linked to the new Expo Line that would contain apartments, stores and a hotel. Restaurant operators have been so keen on opening in the gentrifying downtown that rents for retail space didn't decline during the economic downturn as they did in most markets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2012 |
In a stern directive late last week, state regulators ordered Expo Line officials to replace a flawed piece of track that could trigger a derailment and also fix an automated safety system that has not worked properly since the line opened in April. The California Public Utilities Commission cited problems with a short length of rail called a "frog" at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, where the Expo Line and the Blue Line merge near downtown Los Angeles. A frog is a piece of track no longer than a couple of feet that helps guide train wheels through a switch connecting one set of rails to another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2012 |
Local transit officials have run into complications trying to fix a junction on the recently opened Expo light-rail line, where experts said a serious track flaw presented a higher risk of train derailments. Officials of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority believed they had found a permanent solution to a rail alignment problem where the Expo Line and Blue Line merge at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street just south of downtown Los Angeles. However, the extra metal that was welded to a portion of track to keep trains moving smoothly as the Blue Line makes a 90-degree turn has had to be redone several times because of frequent wear, Metro officials say. "We have been re-welding the section of track as it wears down," said Michael Harris-Gifford, Metro's executive officer of wayside systems.
July 9, 2012 |
Cyclists, runners, dog walkers and all those who revel in the transgressive (and quite healthy) appeal of roaming Los Angeles streets free of cars take note: The latest iteration of CicLAvia has been announced. Six months removed from a spring event that reportedly drew more than 100,000 people over 10 miles of roadway around downtown, the next CicLAvia will take place Sunday, Oct. 7, and marks a significant shift in location from previous gatherings, which have stretched all the way to the bike-centric Heliotrope-Melrose neighborhood.
June 24, 2012
Re "Expo's halting start," Opinion, June 20 Molly Selvin gave the Expo Line a test ride during its first month of operation, and - incredibly! - found problems. The Expo Line, and the rest of the public transportation network, was not built for thrills. It was built because Los Angeles is growing, freeways are jammed and the price of gasoline is on its way up with no limit in sight. Selvin's disappointing ride is sad but not unexpected in the first weeks or months of operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2012 |
As elected officials cheered the new Culver City light rail station along the Expo Line on Wednesday, perhaps no one was more excited than 85-year-old Richard Ploen, a Westside native who watched the Red Car trolleys disappear and had been waiting more than 50 years for rail service to return. Ploen lives in Palm Springs but grew up in Culver City and often used the trolleys to go to downtown Los Angeles where he worked as an office boy at an insurance company. On Wednesday, he spent two and a half hours driving to the station near the intersection of Washington and National boulevards for the grand opening, saying he didn't want to miss the moment.
June 20, 2012 |
We usually get only one chance to make a good impression. Fortunately, Metro's Expo Line gets two. It took two decades of begging, arm-twisting, engineering and funding delays, as well as litigation of Dickensian length, before the light-rail trains started running in April, from downtown west to La Cienega Boulevard. Meanwhile, we Westside commuters idled - and fumed - while politicians insisted we didn't need rapid transit and wouldn't ride it anyway. During those years, I spoke out in support of Expo at Metro's open houses and penned a tidy pile of letters urging public officials to give us a realistic alternative to our cars.
June 19, 2012 |
After considering a half-dozen teams of architects and engineers led by some of the biggest names in the profession -- Renzo Piano and Norman Foster among them -- the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is poised to hire a group led by L.A.'s Gruen Associates and London's Grimshaw Architects to produce a new master plan for Union Station. Metro purchased the 1939 landmark and about 40 acres surrounding it last year. In April, the agency, looking ahead to the day when the station might welcome high-speed trains from San Francisco, asked the six competing teams to produce "vision boards" imagining the site in 2050.