LA METRO MUST KEEP ITS PROMISES!
Metro is moving forward with a plan for the Division 20 Maintenance Yard that could eliminate the possibility of a 6th Street Arts District Station
Photo Credit: Thomas Szelazek
We want to hold Metro to its promises!!!
The Arts District is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Los Angeles. There are currently dozens of new residential and commercial developments that either under construction or going through the approval process. With increasingly limited parking and growing traffic congestion, coupled with a burgeoning millennial population, the area is tailor-made for and would benefit greatly from better access to public transit. Bringing the Red/Purple Line to 6th Street will help create a regional destination with the potential to connect to future public and private development along the LA River.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has made it a top priority to revitalize the LA River, recognizing its potential to reconnect neighborhoods, revitalize communities, and reemerge as a natural and cultural resource. Plans are being made to invest millions of dollars in development along the river. A Metro Red/Purple Line station at 6th Street would provide Angelenos with important transit access to the LA River.
The City is spending $449 million to replace the Sixth Street Bridge. This is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles and will include pedestrian and bicycle lanes, public art, parks, and other community-serving features. Bringing the Red/Purple Line to 6th Street will help create a regional destination with the potential to connect to future public and private development along the LA River.
Ensuring that Metros plans for the Division 20 Maintenance Yard do not preclude a Metro Red/Purple Line station at 6th Street will not stall or slowdown progress on the Westside Subway expansion.
Huizar Endorses Garcetti’s Motion to Expand Metro Rail Service to the Arts District
Motion comes after Arts District residents offer input to Metro, with Garcetti and Huizar office’s working on a path forward to consider extending Purple Line service to the Arts District and potentially the 6th Street Bridge.
- LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge introduces a motion to request that Metro Staff review the "…conceptual feasibility of constructing and operating a Metro Red/Purple Line Station(s) in the vicinity of the Metro Heavy Rail Maintenance Yard (Division 20) along an existing track spur that extends south to 6th Street".
- An Urban Land Institute (ULI) Panel report recommends "extending Red Line to SCI-Arc to create multi-modal accessibility".
- Metro Planning and Programming staff sends the Board of Directors a report which says that a station at 6th street and the associated tracks would cost an estimated $90 million. Staff made a commitment to "continue to review conceptual layouts of the turn-back facility that do not preclude future public access".
- Metro CEO, Art Leahy, instructs agency staff to evaluate building stations at First and Sixth streets alongside existing track.
- Metro Planning and Programming staff sends the Board of Directors a report which says "a coordination study would be completed that would result in an integrated plan for the area and a roadmap for future implementation including options for two new passenger revenue stations". That study was to have been released within the coming few months (Spring 2015), but to date has never been released or even discussed again by staff or the board.
- This year, Metro Staff released an RFP for the design-bid-build of the Division 20 Maintenance Yard and Turn-back Facility. Metro is attempting to move forward with a plan for the Yard that would make a 6th Street Station excessively difficult and expensive to build in the future. We could lose any chance of getting a 6th Street Arts District Station.
Help Support 6th Street Station
We want to see ensure that Metro clearly directs both staff and the winning bidder for the Division 20 Maintenance Yards work that the design and implementation of changes at Division 20 must not only not preclude a 6th Street station and the accompanying public access to the Arts District and LA River, but rather the design and implementation must provide for the economical and expeditious connection to a 6th Street station and beyond.
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