Lyft, Uber, Bus? There Could Soon be Third Ride Share Choice In Town

November 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Metro announced Monday that it is pursuing a partnership with Via, a ride sharing company, to offer discounted rides to and from three of its key stations in an effort to close the “first/last mile gap” for its customers.

This project will be supported in part by a $1.35 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program.metro_logo_25

Using a mobile app similar to Uber and Lyft, customers will be able to book a seat in a shared vehicle going to or from three major Metro stations.

Which stations are going to be used in the collaboration will be decided in the next few months, Metro said.

Via specializes in pooled transportation by matching customers all headed in the same direction. “We’re making our systems more inclusive — because access to public transportation is a right, not a privilege,” said Metro Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Everyone should be able to make a trip on Metro buses and trains, and these funds will help more riders get where they’re going quickly and conveniently.”

Metro said it will ensure that the rides are affordable for customers and will provide a payment solution for people who do not have a bank account.

The project is part of a two-region partnership between Los Angeles County, King County Metro and Sound Transit in Washington state where each region will be testing a new  partnership with a transportation network company.

“Our goal at Metro is to grow our service to provide more options and connections,” Metro CEO Phillip A Washington said. “We think this project has the potential to help us reach out to more people and, hopefully, make their lives easier.”

Metro said it is finalizing the agreement with Via with a goal of starting the project in summer 2018.

“Via’s shared ride technology is perfect for connecting more people to public transit. Metro is committed to offering innovative services to the public, and we are excited to help Metro solve the first and last mile challenge and help millions of new passengers take advantage of other public transportation options,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via.

New Bike Hub Opened at Union Station

November 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A Metro bike hub opened Wednesday at Los Angeles Union Station, offering secure bike storage, rentals, repairs and classes in an effort to encourage more cyclists to use the transit system.

“This safe, secure bicycle parking center connects cyclists with one of our city’s most active transportation hubs and encourages more people to get where they’re going on two wheels,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, chair of the Metro board.

The $2.5 million, 3,000-square-foot facility next to the north breezeway of Union Station West near Alameda Street can accommodate safe and secure parking for nearly 200 bicycles under a controlled entry system and closed-circuit TV surveillance. It also offers same-day repairs, accessory sales, clinics and classes.

Metro has already opened bike hubs at the El Monte Transit Center and the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line Station, with additional hubs planned at the Culver City Expo Line Station, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Blue/Green Line Station, North Hollywood Orange Line Station and the Airport Metro Connector station.

“We now have a dedicated bike shop, parking area and common meeting place for our local bicycle community here at Union Station.” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said.

The secure bike parking area will be open 24 hours a day all year and operated by BikeHub, a Metro contractor that also operates the El Monte and Hollywood/Vine facilities.

Retail and bike services, including bike rentals, clinics, bike valet and tours, will be provided by the Bike Center on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking at the Union Station Metro Bike Hub access will be available for registered users for $5 weekly, $12 monthly or $60 yearly.

Thousands of Cyclists to Take Over Downtown Streets Sunday

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

CicLAvia returns to downtown Los Angeles this weekend, with a new hub in Echo Park, Metro officials have announced.

On Sunday, Oct. 8, thousands of bikers and pedestrians are expected to take to the streets for the event, which is hosted by Metro and meant to inspire Angelenos to explore new neighborhoods and get out of their cars as the route’s streets are blocked to vehicle traffic.ciclaviafavicon

This will be CicLAvia’s 23rd event since its launch in 2010, and an annual return to its original downtown route, known as the Heart of Los Angeles, which also includes hubs in Chinatown, Boyle Heights, the Arts District and Little Tokyo.

“CicLAvia transforms our bustling streets into great public spaces that everyone can enjoy,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, chair of the Metro Board. “I am glad it is returning to downtown L.A. where people of all ages can spend the day rediscovering a historic neighborhood, enjoying healthy recreation, and making new friends.”

Hubs along the route will include activities celebrating Los Angeles’ successful bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic games, an urban camping program for local children, pedi-cabs and play zones featuring vintage board games, a news conference kick-off, and activities commemorating the annual return to the original route that started CicLAvia.

“Funding open streets events like CicLAvia are part of Metro’s ongoing efforts to support active transportation options like bicycling throughout Los Angeles County,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said. “Working with organizations like CicLAvia helps us realize our mission of introducing more people to the benefits of bicycling and transit to see L.A.’s wealth of local destinations.”

The route and more information on the event can be found at http://www.ciclavia.org/.

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