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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:10 pm

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Alameda Street is one of the most heavily used transit corridors in the region. It has also long been one of the bumpiest rides in Downtown, thanks to a surfeit of potholes and uneven pavement.

The culprit behind Alameda's ruddy surface is a section of old, long-defunct rail track embedded in the street. Safety regulations and concerns about potentially hazardous materials made the removal of the tracks cost-prohibitive in the past.

Now, the metal is coming out. Over the past two months, the Bureau of Street Services, in partnership with 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, performed a series of trials and concluded that their system for removing the tracks is safe.

Now the effort is on to remove all remaining track on Alameda between First and Seventh streets, said Huizar spokesman Rick Coca.

The project cost is estimated at $900,000. The track is expected to be removed entirely on that seven-block stretch by spring 2012, and Huizar representatives said they will push for the resurfacing work to be done as soon as possible.

The section of Alameda Street between Seventh Street and the California (10) Freeway is slated for full track removal in 2017.



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  • Joshua Reyes posted at 8:26 pm on Fri, Dec 16, 2011.

    JDRCRASHER Posts: 4

    John, actually the plan for the Crenshaw line is for it to be extended North via San Vincente and Santa Monica Blvd to the Hollywood/Highland station (in fact, I believe the study map shows it stopping at the Hollywood Bowl).

  • John McNary posted at 10:12 am on Fri, Dec 16, 2011.

    John McNary Posts: 1

    A second regional connector at ground level on Alameda Street would make tremendously-good sense. Every light rail train heading into downtown from the Crenshaw, Expo, Blue and Gold-North and Gold-South legs could make an orbit around downtown, then depart back to its origination line. Passengers all across downtown could embark on or disembark from every line at every station.

    And if someone arriving from, say Pasadena, didn't want to orbit downtown clockwise, there would be ample counterclockwise trains orbiting the other direction for a cross-platform connection.

    Plus, light rail tracks down Alameda would be a dirt cheap installation.

    Plus, thousands of people work (and increasingly live) along Alameda in this stretch.

    A bi-directional loop around downtown, feeding spokes to Santa Monica to Santa Ana, Redondo Beach and Azusa? Bisected by the Red, Silver, Amtrak and Surfliner routes? Connecting to Flyaway and direct LAX access?

    Way too smart.

  • Joshua Reyes posted at 10:28 pm on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    JDRCRASHER Posts: 4

    I agree with Steven... build a second Regional connector via Alameda, linking the Little Tokyo and Washington stations. Faster commute on the Blue Line, and opens up more light-rail connections, like the Glendale-Burbank/Yellow Line and Santa Ana Corridor (funded under Measure R).

    Although i disagree that Alameda would make a terrible transit route. The Arts District really is growing, and I think it's only a matter of time before much of the Warehouse and Fashion Districts (and much of LA) will be next for residential development. A station at 7th street might make some sense in the near future.

  • Andres Zitti posted at 11:10 am on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    Andres Posts: 1

    “Alameda Street is one of the most heavily used transit corridors in the region. It has also long been one of the bumpiest rides in Downtown…”

    The article claims that between 1st and 7th streets along Alameda they are going to remove the tracks embedded in the road to, as presumed from the above quote, improve transit… last time I checked there was no transit service on Alameda south of 1st street… Sounds like a poorly invented scam to fix a road for cars by claiming it will benefit (non-existing) transit…

  • Steven Harris posted at 11:07 am on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    StevelandHarris Posts: 1

    Alameda has never carried passenger transportation. Those embedded tracks carried freight trains to the factories in the area. Alameda would make a terrible transit route south of 4th St because it is zoned for light and heavy industrial and commercial, there's almost no foot traffic yet there are some well-patronized buses at the cross streets but those buses are headed to Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles (Metro 66). The only viable transit option that might not be terrible is if the Blue Line branched at Washington St and just continued north up Alameda toward Little Tokyo and Union Station as a secondary "connector" to the current Downtown or Regional Connector but this one would have no stops other than maybe Olympic Blvd to connect with the 66.

  • Alexander Hollywood-Man posted at 10:32 am on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    Alexander the Great Posts: 3

    It's certainly good for cars, however I wish - instead of removing tram tracks - new trams would start running (once again!) on Alameda Avenue.
    Transit is having a strong comeback in Los Angeles, streetcars are being implemented (e.g. on Broadway), subway and light-rail is being expanded. And I think Alameda would be a perfect corridor for one of the rail routes, potentially a streetcar; implementation of which would greatly revitalize the area and would get rid of the blight.
    The City should consider placing a Rail corridor on Alameda, instead of totally dismantling the once-efficient transit alternative on the corridor.