Another Frantic Period of Transit-Related Meetings Is Upon Us

Poster showing the future El Monte Transit Center

Poster showing the future El Monte Transit Center

Well, here we are on the cusp of another compressed period of hyper activity with multiple transportation meetings being held in the next 10 days or so.  Here are the details:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 is the groundbreaking for the reconstruction of the El Monte Transit Center. 8:30am-9:00am is the Pre-Event Public Preview while the actual Ceremonial Groundbreaking will take place 9:00am-10:00am. The address is 3449 Santa Anita Av in El Monte. They ask that you rsvp by Friday, September 17 to 213.922.5449 or metroevents@metro.net. Don’t underestimate the value of a chance to interact with the elite of the San Gabriel Valley (electeds and staff persons) in building relationships and alliances that can pay dividends down the road.

Metro is commencing public hearings for comments on the draft EIR/EIS for the Westside Subway project. The document is posted on Metro’s website.

All hearings are 6-8pm.

http://www.metro.net/projects/westside/westside_meetings/

Monday, September 20
LACMA West  – Terrace Room, 5th Floor
5905 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tuesday, September 21
Westwood United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 3rd Floor
10497 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Wednesday, September 22
Plummer Park – Community Center
7377 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Monday, September 27
Roxbury Park – Auditorium
471 S Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Santa Monica Main Library
601 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Overlapping the tail end of the westside meetings are two hearings for the Regional Connector’s draft EIS/EIR in downtown Los Angeles.

http://www.metro.net/projects/connector/draft-eis-eir/

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
6:30 – 8pm
Japanese American National Museum
369 E. 1st St
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, October 4, 2010
11:30am – 1pm
Los Angeles Police Department
Deaton Auditorium
100 W. 1st St
Los Angeles, CA

And amidst all this the California High Speed Rail Authority will be holding an open house at the Metro headquarters on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

http://www.metro.net/projects/high-speed-rail/la-open-house/

Presentations will take place at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. You can drop by to view the displays and talk with staff anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

If you are especially interested in the high speed rail project I suggest keeping an eye on the calendar the agency has on is website, listing the presentations and other bullet train related events happening around the state.

http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/calendar.htm

An example of the sort of events it lists is next month’s I-10 Community Meeting being held Wednesday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grace T. Black Auditorium in El Monte (3130 N. Tyler Avenue). The Authority will present plans for a potential alternative route along the I-10 Freeway corridor under consideration as part of the Inland Empire section of the Los Angeles to San Diego route of the proposed statewide 800-mile high-speed train corridor.

Yeow! Good luck to all of us trying to keep up with this whirl of activity!