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American Public Transportation Association

 Technical Tours

Metro has arranged for a number of informative, behind-the-scenes tours on Saturday, September 10, Sunday, September 11, and Wednesday, September 14. Please sign up on site at the host information desk in the APTA registration area, Georgia Room II, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, for the tour(s) of your choice.  

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Metro’s Sustainable Bus Facilities - Division 13 and El Monte Station | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 40 person limit 

Come take a tour of Metro’s recently completed Division 13 bus operations and maintenance facility, followed by a tour to our newest and largest bus passenger station, the El Monte Station. Both facilities are LEED Gold Certified and employ the latest and greatest in sustainable operations and construction strategies. Division 13, a 200 bus all-CNG operations and maintenance facility opened in February 2016. Learn about the design, construction, and the management team that designed and built it. After touring Division 13, hop on a Metro bus east to our new El Monte Station, the largest bus station west of Chicago. After the tour, the bus will return back to your hotel.
 
Tour participants should gather in the Georgia Foyer, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

Iconic Union Station: Past, Present and Future | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (also on Sunday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) | 40 person limit

LA Union Station, dubbed the last great American train station, is headed for some major improvements to better accommodate LA County’s rapidly growing transit system. Join Metro staff on a tour of iconic LA Union Station to witness its past, present , and future. Highlights of the tour will include historic station properties, as well as train track areas planned for future improvements as part of Metro’s Link Union Station (Link US) project to better accommodate Amtrak, Metrolink, and future high-speed rail services. The tour will also show station areas planned for development as envisioned by Metro’s Union Station Master Plan to transform the station into a 21st century, world-class transportation facility. Metro will provide transportation to this location and then back to your hotel.
 
Tour participants should gather in the Georgia Foyer, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

Where Magic Meets Metro | 2 - 4 p.m. | 40 person limit

Grab your broomstick and fly through the Hollywood Hills to see Metro’s brand-new construction projects at Universal City/Studio City Station and North Hollywood Station! Ride the Red Line subway to the end of the line at the North Hollywood Station. The Project Manager will take you through the North Hollywood Underpass, an underground tunnel between the Metro Orange Line Depot and the Metro Red Line Station that improves pedestrian safety, speeds transit connections and reduces traffic congestion on the street. Get back on the Red Line for the short trip to Universal City/Studio City Station to tour the Universal Pedestrian Bridge that soars more than 20 feet above Lankershim Boulevard, connecting Metro Rail and bus patrons with the Universal Studios tram stop. This iconic bridge opened in early April 2016, to coincide with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and improve safety for transit riders visiting the park. After the tour, you’re free to take Universal’s free tram up to CityWalk or the theme park, or catch the Red Line back to Hollywood.  

Tour participants should gather in the Georgia Foyer, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above. 

 

Metro Art Moves! | 2 - 5 p.m. (also on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m.) | 50 person limit

Public art is incorporated into all Metro stations, weaving a multi-layered tapestry that mirrors LA County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures. Experience the transformative nature of art and learn how Metro Art commissions artists to create engaging and thought-provoking artworks to make the transit journey more inviting and pleasurable. Tour participants will hear how the art program strengthens Metro’s ties with the communities it serves, and adds to their distinct identity and artistic vibrancy through the creation of cultural landmarks.
 
Tour participants should gather in the Georgia Foyer, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Iconic Union Station: Past, Present and Future | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (also on Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) | 40 person limit

LA Union Station, dubbed the last great American train station, is headed for some major improvements to better accommodate LA County’s rapidly growing transit system. Join Metro staff on a tour of iconic LA Union Station to witness its past, present ,and future. Highlights of the tour will include historic station properties, as well as train track areas planned for future improvements as part of Metro’s Link Union Station (Link US) project to better accommodate Amtrak, Metrolink, and future high-speed rail services. The tour will also show station areas planned for development as envisioned by Metro’s Union Station Master Plan to transform the station into a 21st century, world-class transportation facility. Metro will provide transportation to this location and then back to your hotel.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

Metro Regional Connector, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line Construction Projects | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 40 person limit

LA County’s rail renaissance is steadily adding 32 miles of new Metro Rail service in the next decade. Join Metro on a tour of two of the most important rail construction projects now underway: the Regional Connector Project that connects light rail lines through downtown LA, and the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, which will connect the Metro Expo Line, LAX, and the Metro Green Line. Highlights of the bus tour include the Regional Connector’s tunnel boring machine launch site at Expo/Crenshaw Station. The alignment tour will also show the future 96th Street Station that will connect the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line to the future People Mover to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports. Metro will provide transportation to these various locations and then back to the hotel.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above. 
 

From Delis to K-Town to the Walk of Fame: Metro's Red Line | 1 - 5 p.m. | 40 person limit

Get ready for a tour of Joint Development sites in some of LA’s most exciting, diverse and growing neighborhoods. The tour will begin at Westlake/MacArthur Park, one of the densest communities west of Chicago. It’s home to the famous Langer’s Deli and the MacArthur Park Apartments, an affordable housing project built over Metro’s subway. Next stop will be Wilshire/Vermont Station, home to a mixed-use, mixed-income housing project with a middle school built on top of the station. Situated in the compact and rapidly growing Koreatown (K-town) community, it’s a hub for millennials seeking an urban lifestyle. Last stop on the tour will hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Residences at W Hollywood, the 1600 VINE apartments, and Trader Joe’s in the heart of Hollywood. After the tour, you’re free to continue your own tour of Hollywood on foot or on the Red Line.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

Metro Art Moves! | 2 - 5 p.m. (also on Saturday, 2 - 5 p.m.) | 50 person limit

Public art is incorporated into all Metro stations, weaving a multi-layered tapestry that mirrors LA County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures. Experience the transformative nature of art and learn how Metro Art commissions artists to create engaging and thought-provoking artworks to make the transit journey more inviting and pleasurable. Tour participants will hear how the art program strengthens Metro’s ties with the communities it serves, and adds to their distinct identity and artistic vibrancy through the creation of cultural landmarks.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Southern California Regional Rail (Metrolink) | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 40 person limit

Positive Train Control (PTC), along with Crash Energy Management (CEM) technology and new Tier 4 locomotives, are life-saving and emissions-reduction initiatives implemented by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) to make travel by rail even safer and cleaner. These innovations and Metrolink CEM equipment will be on display at LA Union Station for this technical tour. Sit at the controls of a locomotive simulator using PTC predictive collision avoidance technology, and then tour the rail cars using CEM technology, including redesigned seats and work tables, and advanced energy absorbtion zones at each end of the cars. Tour participants will have the opportunity to interact with Metrolink staff responsible for the implementation of these key safety enhancements and initiatives. Metrolink is proud to be the first commuter rail agency to enable PTC on all rail lines by 2015.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

METRO'S PARTNERS AT THE PORTS: Tour the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | 50-75 person limit

Los Angeles County Transportation network connects to the nation’s largest seaport complex – the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Join Metro for a boat tour of two of the most important ports in the country – where over 40% of the international goods are received and then distributed throughout the United States.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above. 
 

LAND TO SEA: Long Beach Transit’s Multimodal Operations on the Waterfront | 11 a.m. - 2p.m. | 34 person limit

Zero emission buses to harbor-jetting boats – it’s just another day in Long Beach. Join Long Beach Transit staff on a tour of Long Beach’s electric downtown and coastline via LBT’s battery-electric bus fleet and AquaLink water taxis. The tour will focus on innovative bus technology and partnerships associated with LBT’s water taxi system, all of which contribute to the economic success of the city by attracting tourists and conventioneers. Highlights of the tour include brief bus stops at the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific and the internationally-acclaimed Queen Mary. The AquaLink will then cruise along the nine-mile Long Beach coast, providing participants with stunning and unique views of the city. 
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

Metro Division 20/One Santa Fe Joint Development | 1 -3 p.m. |30 person limit

Witness a real-life example of an urban industrial area transitioning into a vibrant transit-oriented community directly on a Metro division property in LA’s Arts District. Metro Division 20, one of the oldest divisions on the Metro system, serves as the primary maintenance and storage yard for the Red Line heavy rail train cars. The property is also home to a brand new One Santa Fe mixed-use development made possible by Metro’s Joint Development Program. Join Metro staff on a dual division/development tour that includes views of the rail yard control tower, train wash, and repair shop, as well as views of the One Santa Fe development that contains apartment housing, retail, and modern Metro office and training space. Metro will provide transportation to this location and then back to the hotel. 
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 

Metro Gold Line Monrovia Operations Campus | 1- 3 p.m. | 30-person limit

Metro’s brand new $265 million Gold Line operations campus in Monrovia is state-of-the-art, featuring 24 acres of facilities designed to house up to 84 light rail vehicles. The facility was built as part of the 12-mile Metro Gold Line Extension to Azusa. Join Metro staff on a tour of the campus. Highlights include the three-story, 132,000 square-foot main shop building, training facilities for employees, yard control room, and repair and maintenance shops for light rail vehicles. The tour will also demonstrate the facility’s green features, which include a 178.5 Kilowatt on-site solar panel array, storm water management system, and other amenities. Metro will provide transportation to this location and then back to the hotel.
 
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown above.
 
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