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New 'zebra crossings' aim to make 53 LA intersections safer

By Hayley Fox — December 18, 2012 — 26 Comments

The first of these new crosswalks made up of wide, white stripes, was unveiled in DTLA at 5th and Spring streets. Over the next three months, 52 other intersections throughout the city will also receive these continental crosswalks.

via Metro website

Metro preps DTLA streets for construction of Regional Connector

By Hayley Fox — December 14, 2012

Starting Friday morning, Metro crews will be relocating utilities throughout Downtown in order to make way for construction of the Regional Connector. This process was slated to begin in August but got delayed until now.

streetcar Courtesy of LA Streetcar Inc.

Supporters continue push for Downtown streetcar as vote nears

By Hayley Fox — November 12, 2012 — 10 Comments

Ballots will be sent out this week to Downtown residents living within the streetcar's area. At least two-thirds of voters must vote in favor of the streetcar for the necessary funding to be secured.

Metro's Proposed Division 13 Bus Facility Courtesy Metro

Construction begins on $72 million bus depot near Union Station

By Hayley Fox — November 02, 2012 — 4 Comments

A new bus yard is in the process of being built adjacent to Union Station, and will hold up to 200 compressed natural gas buses -- which are expected to burn fuel much cleaner than gas or diesel.

Federal loan approved for train connecting Downtown to LAX

By Hayley Fox — October 02, 2012 — 13 Comments

The $1.75-billion Crenshaw corridor project inches forward with the approval of a federal loan that will contribute almost half of the needed funding. Metro says the new light-rail line will help serve many South L.A. communities.

Tony Pierce

‘Give me 3’ bike safety bill heads to governor for final decision

By Hayley Fox — September 04, 2012 — 4 Comments

The proposed ordinance would require drivers to give cyclists three feet of room when passing them from behind. The "Give me 3" bill recently passed a final State Assembly vote and now faces final approval, rejection from the governor.

Metro Turnstiles Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Metro gearing up to lock down turnstiles, transition to TAP card system

By Rachel Garcia — August 22, 2012 — 6 Comments

Metro will begin the process of locking turnstiles to all subway and most light rail entrances in the fall. In addition, Metro, Metrolink, and municipal bus operators are in the process of switching their pay scheme over from paper tickets to TAP cards.

Boarding the Metro Red Line at 7th / Metro Station Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Metro EZ transit pass to go paperless

By Hayley Fox — August 20, 2012 — 2 Comments

The Metro EZ transit pass, which gives riders access to 25 different public transportation systems throughout the county, is one of the last remaining paper passes in the system. Beginning Sept. 1, they're going electronic.

Boarding the Metro Red Line at 7th / Metro Station Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Metro tunnels are one of the safest places during an earthquake, officials say

By Rachel Garcia — August 15, 2012 — 9 Comments

Doorways, tables and the cramped confines of an office desk have all been touted as proper places to take refuge during an earthquake. Another safe location that can be added to the list lies just beneath the city's streets-- subway tunnels.

DASH Eric Richardson

DASH Downtown bus adds two new stops to accommodate Expo rail line

By Hayley Fox — August 06, 2012 — 1 Comment

The Downtown DASH bus that runs from Union Station to South Park is adding two new stops to its route to help riders access the new Expo line. The schedule changes go into effect today.

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Metro sees 'uptick' in Blue Line fatalities this year, says official

By Hayley Fox — July 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

The Metro Blue Line has seen an abnormally high number of fatalities so far this year, with a total of 20 accidents having occurred along the light-rail line that runs from downtown L.A. to Long Beach.