Metro Westside Subway: Upcoming Station Area Information Meetings

As you know from my previous posts, Facebook has been the method of choice for communicating about upcoming events for the Metro Westside Subway Expansion. You can read the minutes from the April meetings here.

From their recent blog post, “…the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) finally voted 10/21/09 (after several postponements) to approve its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan outlines  how METRO will spend  about $300 billion over the next 30 years, focusing on mass transit projects like the Westside subway extension of the Red Line to Santa Monica, for which the county will be seeking substantial federal funding (most of the projects will need support from the feds, although LA County is aided by its new sales tax increase approved last year).

Other major initiatives include the Gold Line extension east from Pasadena, a downtown regional connector, the continuation of the Expo Line to Culver City and Santa Monica, and a Green Line extension to LAX. Of course before Angelenos get too excited about all this rail-related news,  it’s worth noting that more than 2/3 of the plan is dedicated to highway (widening and surface improvements) and bus-related expenditures (rail makes up about 1/6). And then there’s the timeline: is there one? We haven’t seen it yet….”

Next week holds three important Westside Station Area Information Meetings  There will be five in all and each one will focus on a specific group of stations so be sure to attend the meeting or meetings that interest you most, or pertain to your area.

This will be your chance to “roll up your sleeves” and chime in on the various station sites and entrance locations which will continue to be studied through the Draft EIS/EIR.

The following meetups are posted at their Facebook group page as an event but here are the basics:

• Tuesday, November 3: Join us at the Pacific Design Center – Conference Center to discuss stations proposed for Hollywood/Highland, Santa Monica Boulevard at La Brea, Fairfax & San Vicente, and the Beverly Center

• Wednesday, November 4: Join us at Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery to discuss stations proposed for Wilshire at La Cienega & Beverly

• Thursday, November 5: Join us at the Wadsworth Theatre to discuss stations proposed for Century City, Westwood/UCLA & the VA Hospital.

NOTE: All meetings are 6:00-8:00 PM.

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