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Mobile Workshops

17 mobile workshops will provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore examples of liveable communities within the Los Angeles area. Go back in time to see how transit access transformed the historic downtown LA or visit the new bike station and bicycle business district in Long Beach.

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Workshop Details

  1. Connect to the Coast: By Subway, Commuter Rail, Bike and Foot
    Saturday, October 13, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sponsored by Bike Nation
    See how healthy coastal activities are now accessible – sans automobile. Travel to Union Station. Ride Metrolink’s designated Bike Car, with commentary by Metro and Metrolink staff. In Orange County, you choose: Take a bike tour of San Juan Capistrano, or enjoy a guided walk at the Mission. Meet for lunch and the return train ride to downtown LA. Distance: 7 easy miles for bike riders. Cost $60, includes bicycle rental or Mission tour tickets and group lunch
  2. Sharing the Streets: Safety Near Expo’s LRT
    Sunday, October 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    How do you keep people safe–and aware–near street-sharing LRT? Ride the newly opened Expo Line light rail train line between downtown LA and Culver City. Along the way, evaluate station designs from a user’s perspective. Discuss best practices with operations service planners, transportation planners and rail safety experts. Alight at Culver City and hear how the City planned for the arrival of the train and addressed bus/rail interface issues. Cost $45.
  3. Re-shaping Communities: TOD Along the Purple Line
    Sunday, October 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Tour eclectic, diverse neighborhoods along the Metro Purple Line.Visit livable and affordable TOD projects in transit-dependent, low- to moderate-income communities. You’ll learn about existing and planned developments led by Metro and the City of Los Angeles, as well as efforts spearheaded by community based groups. Stops in MacArthur Park and Koreatown will highlight lessons learned and focus on affordable housing, equity, accessibility and economic development. Cost $45.
  4. Sustainably Yours, Santa Monica
    Sunday, October 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    See how Santa Monica is building a sustainable city on this informative bike tour. Hear from city planners, bicycle advocates, environmental leaders and bicycle facility operators. Tour the Bike Center, the Pier, a Bike Campus, Ocean Parks Green Streets, sharrows, bike boxes and more. See how bicycling is helping Santa Monica’s flourishing economy and how anticipation of light rail has already increased mobility. Distance: 6 easy miles. Cost $60, includes bicycle rental and lunch.
  5. Teachable Moments: Lessons in Partnership from LA’s TOD
    Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Los Angeles’ first heavy rail system opened in 1993. Since then, partnerships to develop real estate around transit nodes have been a reality for the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (and its predecessors). Complex, multi-agency partnerships have produced a variety of commercial, residential and entertainment venues. Hear from developers, architects/designers, and the County Planning and Economic Development Director, as you tour these developments and see what’s worked and what hasn’t. Cost $45.
  6. Weaving Rail into the Vibrant Fabric of Community Identity
    Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Explore how rail transit development affects three culturally sensitive, historic communities along one transit line. Tour the Metro Gold Line’s Chinatown station, Little Tokyo/Arts District station and Mariachi Plaza station. How is each community maximizing the influence of its station to leverage commercial/housing developments and cultural activities? Hear from elected officials, community leaders and developers about Los Angeles’ early transit system, the system’s demise, and its resurgence in these communities. Cost $45
  7. There’s Gold in Them Thar [Foot]Hills
    Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Metro’s Gold Line light rail currently terminates in Pasadena. In 2015, the 11.5-mile Foothill Extension will open. Already, TOD plans and projects are being developed to maximize synergies between the extension and surrounding communities. Visit Monrovia and Azusa where city planners will show you station sites and projects under development and explain future projects. Cost $45.

  8. Union Station’s Return and Rail’s Rebirth
    Monday, October 15, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Sponsored by CH2M Hill

    Visit Union Station, one of the last great American rail stations. After decades of decline, the rail revolution of the 90s brought subway, commuter rail and light rail service back to Union Station. Walk through the historic 1939 building and facilities and see how rail’s return created a major employment and regional transportation center. Discuss how the New American Cities must respond to rail and transit investments to promote regional vitality. Cost $45, includes lunch.

  9. Bicycle Dreams
    Monday, October 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    What infrastructure investments make streets safe? See how Long Beach answers that question. Start at the new Bikestation parking facility on the Long Beach Transit Mall. Ride the separated cycle track and the Harbor Path, through green sharrows. Visit the bicycle business district and future bike-share locations. Hear from planners with the City of Long Beach, elected officials, bicycle facility operators, bicycle advocates and educators. Approximate distance: 8 easy miles. Cost $60, includes bicycle rental and lunch.

  10. Boyle Heights: Walk + Bike + Tech
    Monday, October 15, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Tour three Metro Gold Line Stations in Boyle Heights to see light rail integrated into the Eastside. Learn how pedestrian/bicycle access projects enhance connections between stations and neighborhood destinations. See new bike routes and sharrows, and hear about designs for sustainable streetscapes, bike-friendly streets and cultural way finding. Use an interactive map and mobile app, and learn how new technology makes it possible for everyone to access project information and comment. Grab a lunch and join us in a conference room to kick off this tour. (No biking on this tour.) Cost $45.

  11. Silver Line:  Metro’s Silver Lining
    Monday, October 15, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Explore the Metro Silver Line, an express BRT service. The Silver Line brought new rail-like transit stations to two previously unlinked HOV corridors with uncoordinated services, inconsistent frequencies, and a confusing fare structure. Hear from operations service planners and the project’s manager. Ride the HOT lanes between the Artesia Transit Center and El Monte Station (a 27-bus-bay facility) to experience the new, easy-to-use, “branded service” with regulated, frequent service and a flat fare. Cost $45.
  12. Orange Line Sustainability Tour
    Tuesday, October 16, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Sponsored by Bike Nation

    How is bus rapid transit technology greening LA in a historically auto-oriented area? Hop on bike and bus to experience the nation’s latest BRT innovation. The Orange Line is a dedicated-lane BRT system with a parallel, multi-use pathway connecting the San Fernando Valley. Learn about inter-agency efforts to implement transit-oriented development along the corridor. Hear about planning, design, construction and operational elements that are making the corridor a model for livable communities. Approximate distance: 6.5 easy miles. Cost $60, includes bicycle rental and lunch.
  13. Make Your Connection … to LAX!
    Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Sponsored by Hatch Mott MacDonald and STV International

    LA has no direct transit connection to LAX. The closest rail line stops just short of airport property. Modernization projects to upgrade LAX are finally addressing this issue. Ride the FlyAway Bus, then gather at the Old Control Tower (with a view of incoming and outgoing flights) to hear LAWA officials and transportation planners explain how LAX and Metro will provide reliable, fast and convenient transit between the airport and the Metro Rail system. Cost $45.

  14. Exploring Success: The Wilshire Boulevard BRT Corridor
    Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Visit the Wilshire Corridor, the most heavily used transit corridor in Los Angeles County with some of the highest average daily traffic volumes in the City of Los Angeles. How do key features – simple route layout, frequent service, greater distance between stops, branded buses and stations, and low-floor buses to facilitate boarding and alighting – add up to success? Explore Metro’s Wilshire Bus Rapid Line for the answers. Cost $45.

  15. The New Adventures of Old Pasadena
    Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
    Learn how the City of Pasadena and the business community of Old Pasadena revitalized their neighborhood. See how TOD strategies – mixed-use zoning, parking policies, historic preservation and more – have transformed a blighted area into a premier shopping and dining destination. Hear from the people responsible for the successful revitalization and how they continue to face challenges in today’s economic climate. Cost $45.

  16. Paradigm Shifts and Bicycle Chains
    Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
    Sponsored by Bike Nation

    In the past two years, the City of Los Angeles has installed over 70 miles of bike lanes citywide. Begin at historic Union Station, pedal the new green bike lanes and see many other changes to the streets. Along the way, you’ll learn what’s attracting people back to downtown living, hear about best practices and lessons learned from bicycle transportation planners and experience the paradigm shift created by the CicLAvia program. Approximate distance: 10 easy miles in downtown traffic. Cost $60, includes bicycle rental.

  17. Revitalization: Rail Transforms the Historic Core (Again)
    Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
    Sponsored by HDR Engineering, Inc.

    Downtown LA once had a bustling streetcar system and commercial district. But the automobile brought disinvestment. The streetcars languished. Much of the historic core’s buildings sat vacant for decades. In the 1990s, subway construction and relaxed regulations revitalized housing development and downtown. Hear a city planner with the Historic Resources Division, a transportation planner and a developer explain LA’s adaptive reuse ordinance, the integrated rail construction process, and efforts to bring back the Downtown Streetcar. Cost $45.

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