‘Eastside Access’ Projects Coming to Boyle Heights

By EGP Staff Report

An informational presentation on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Access Project was made Tuesday, July 10, at the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce. The project, comprised of 8 transit related, pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, stretches from Boyle Heights to unincorporated East Los Angeles.

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Eastside Access projects, funded by voter approved Measure R, revolve around the Metro Gold Line light rail stations that opened in 2009. While several of the projects are directly located at Gold Line stations, others are located along the route between the stations. The enhancements aim to increase Gold Line ridership on the eastside by strengthening connections between stations and surrounding communities, according to Metro Project Manager Laura Cornejo, who gave Tuesday’s presentation.

The enhancements also focus on improving access and safety, designing creative solutions for landscape, public art, lighting and signage on City-owned streets and sidewalks.

A bike friendly streetscape is being planned for a section of Mott Street, a residential street, between Cesar Chavez and 4th Street. Image by Metro

The projects around Boyle Heights’ Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza, Soto and Indiana station, include: a plaza at 1st Street and Cummings; new sidewalks, trees and lighting along the 1st Street Arts District (between Boyle and Soto); a bike friendly streetscape between Cesar Chavez and 4th Street on Mott Street; several enhancements to the Evergreen Cemetery jogging path along 1st Street; and pedestrian friendlier curbs and sidewalks along Bailey at 1st and Pennsylvania. The plans also call for a small garden across from the White Memorial Medical Center.

In unincorporated East LA, the Gold Line’s Indiana, Maravilla, East LA Civic Center and Atlantic Boulevard stations will also receive improvements, but planning for those projects is still in the early stages, according to Cornejo.

The Boyle Heights Eastside Access projects have a Metro Community Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised by community stakeholders, who provide feedback on the project. The group’s next meeting is Thursday, September 22. For more on Eastside Access visit http://www.metro.net/projects/eastside/goldline_eastside_access/

Businesses interested in construction contracts can call the Equal Opportunity Department at (213) 922-2600.

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July 17, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


4 Responses to “‘Eastside Access’ Projects Coming to Boyle Heights”

  1. Sean on July 18th, 2012 9:44 am

    Traffic circles are not pedestrian or bike friendly, they are designed to move traffic more efficiently. Especially in LA where no one knows how to use a traffic circle.

  2. Fred on July 19th, 2012 11:22 pm

    Traffic circles do not move traffic more efficiently. They’re just another attempt by so-called planners to model ourselves after the mistakes found in Europe. If that’s what you want, please move there.

  3. Northridge on July 20th, 2012 9:36 am

    It is nice to be in the east county. Traffic not too bad by LA standards so no overly compelling reason to take mass transit. Solution: Build billions in mass transit, and when ridership is well below projections, spend millions to beautify the transit in a hope to increase ridership.

    If you aren’t growing organically, then take as much public money as you can and people will have no choice but to move there. Well played Mr. Antonovich.

  4. Steveland on July 20th, 2012 9:47 am

    This is great news! It makes complete sense as transit users are also pedestrians, so by making an area more pedestrian friendly more transit users are likely to materialize from the neighborhood and people coming in on the Gold Line are tempted to venture further on foot. As a frequent bike rider in East LA I think this will go a long way especially if there’s sharrows pointing to a less hilly route adjacent to the Gold Line’s path. Great job! Can’t wait to see it!

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