News for Your Neighborhood: Infrastructure & Policy Updates
Metrolink Now Runs on Biodiesel
Metrolink says it is the first rail system in the nation to run all its trains on 100% renewable fuel. Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said that by doing so, it has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 80%. The agency also no longer uses eight million gallons of fossil fuel annually.
Metro Launches Respect the Ride Pilot
As part of their new program, Metro is deploying a variety of staff to help riders, identify and resolve problems more quickly, and make Metro a more welcoming experience for everyone.
Arroyo Verdugo (Burbank, Glendale)
Burbank City Council votes for Mixed-Flow on Olive Ave
In a 5 to 0 vote Tuesday night, Burbank’s City Council will send a letter to Metro that requests they use the mixed flow option in their North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project.
Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)
Metro Completes Track Work for Regional Connector
Reaching a major construction milestone for the Regional Connector project, Metro has officially completed construction of all the track work, guideway systems and station platform areas for the Grand Av/Bunker Hill Station, paving the way for train and systems testing.
San Fernando Valley
$5 Million Secured for Pacoima Wash
Rep. Tony Cárdenas announced more than $5 million in funding for improvements to the Pacoima Wash on Monday, April 18, including funds headed to the office of City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to build a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge and path along Telfair Avenue.
San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena, SouthPas, Pomona)
Meeting on Craig Avenue Greenway Scheduled
Building upon the efforts of the 2015 Mobility Element and associated Bicycle Transportation Action Plan, the City of Pasadena commissioned a detailed study to further develop improvements on four north-south bicycle boulevard corridors, or Greenways:
El Molino Avenue: Atchison Street to Bonita Drive (approx. 3.8 miles)
Wilson Avenue: Washington Boulevard to California Boulevard (approx. 2.3 miles)
Sierra Bonita Avenue: Washington Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard (approx. 1.6 miles)
Craig Avenue: Orange Grove Boulevard to Del Mar Boulevard (approx. 1.1 miles)
Pomona Opens Two-Way Bikeway on Valley Boulevard
The City Manager’s newsletter notes that the Valley Blvd bikeway is the first protected bike facility in Pomona. That’s true, but it’s even better: Pomona’s Valley bikeway is the first significant-length curb-protected bikeway in all of L.A. County. Read StreetsBlogLA's coverage of this exciting new infrastructure.