21st Century Transportation for America



December 5, Downtown Los Angeles

USHSR is proud to offer a selection of transportation tours as part of our California conference in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Tours take place Wednesday morning December 5th.

All tours are included in your conference registration fee (no extra charge), but require pre-registration, and valid identification. You must bring your tour registration receipt with you to participate in the tour.

Tours are part of the USHSR California High Speed Rail Conference program, and are only open to confirmed conference attendees. Tours are available on a first-come basis, and space is limited.

All tours will begin at the conference facility in the lobby of the MTA Headquarters building, next to Union Station, in downtown Los Angeles.

TOUR 1 - LA Metro Red Line Tour

Tour the busiest metro line of the Los Angeles heavy rail subway system with 14 stations connecting Downtown Los Angeles with the districts of Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire to North Hollywood, and Universal City, home to Universal Studios. 

The red line opened in stages between 1993 and 2000, and has over 100,000 daily weekday boardings.

TOUR 2 - TOD Projects in Los Angeles

Tour several examples of Transit Oriented Development and rail stations in the Los Angeles including historic Union Station; the famous Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood, home to the Academy Awards ceremony; Hollywood & Vine; and Del Mar Station in Pasadena.
The benefits of TOD are many:  higher property values, greater utilization of land, more walkability, higher rents, increased ridership on the rail lines, increased convenience for users of the systems, etc. 

TOUR 3 - LA Metro Rail Operations Center

Tour the command center of the Los Angeles metro rail system consisting of six separate lines (the Red, Purple, Blue, Expo, Green, and Gold lines) serving 80 stations in the Los Angeles County area. It connects with the Metro transitway bus rapid transit system (the orange line and silver lines) and also with the Metrolink commuter rail systems.

The system, which has an average daily weekday ridership of 362,904 as of June 2012, is owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and started service in 1990. The system has been extended significantly since that time and several further extensions are either in the works or being considered

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