Angelenos to voice concerns on Metro projects at open house meetings

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Angelenos will have several opportunities to voice their concerns about two major Metro projects this month at open houses and community meetings held across the Southland.

Two open houses on March 26 and 27 will update residents in Canoga Park and North Hollywood about progress in Orange Line construction. Measure M funds have been put to work on the installation of up to 35 railroad-style crossing gates at intersections and building bridges for the busway and Orange Line Bike Path over Van Nuys Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd.

In early March, Metro ran a simulation on the Orange Line on a Sunday morning to see what run times might be like with gates, with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department playing the role of the gates. According to Metro spokesman Steve Hymon, the simulation suggested that adding gates will improve the Orange Line’s safety and travel times, and hopefully make the bus line more appealing to more people.

Of course, cross-traffic will be impacted by the installation.

“San Fernando Valley residents will have to adjust as their fellow citizens in the San Gabriel Valley did when the Gold Line opened, and as Westside residents did when the Expo Line opened,” Hymon said.

The open houses will run for two and a half hours. The first presentation will be at 8 a.m. in Canoga Park March 26, at the Rose Goldwater Community Center. The next day, a 5 p.m. presentation at the North Hollywood Senior Center will be hosted. More open houses will be added as needed, Hymon said.

The next set of community meetings will discuss alternatives to extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line north with transfers and connections to the Metro Expo, Purple and Red Lines and other bus lines in South Los Angeles.

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is currently under construction and runs between the Metro Green Line and the Expo Line’s station at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards. With a scheduled opening in 2020, the first phase of the Crenshaw/LAX Line will provide light rail service to the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood and LAX communities.

The Crenshaw Northern Extension project — when combined with existing and future Metro projects — will ultimately provide a rail connection between the South Bay, LAX area, South Los Angeles, Inglewood, Crenshaw corridor, Mid-City, Central Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Hollywood communities.

The meetings will be held at:
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Westside Jewish Community Center
5870 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
at Virginia Road Elementary School,
2925 Virginia Road,
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
United Teachers Los Angeles
3303 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
West Hollywood Library,
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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