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3 Ways to Get Involved: Challenges, Nominations and More

It's an exciting time in the world of sustainable transportation. May is National Bike Month and everyone is jumping in on the action!

Metro is currently soliciting nominations for its second annual Golden Pedal Awards. Do you or someone you know have a great story to tell about your cycling commute? What do you love about bicycling to school or work? Nominate yourself or someone else for an award by May 13, 2012.

Don't have a great bicycle story but wish you did? LA/2B and GOOD have come together to challenge you to create an itinerary for your ideal car-free day in LA. The top-voted submission will receive $500 from LA/2B and GOOD to bring their idea to life. If you had a day to get out and do some great things, what would you do, who would you roll with and where would you go? The last day for submission is May 15th, so start dreaming (and doing!).

And we're getting in on the fun, too, by hosting our own Bike UCLA Photo Contest! Show us why you love biking in UCLA and the city beyond. Email your photos to entry@beagreencommuter.com and get more information here. Winners will receive up to $75 and free bike tune-ups.

Get going and good luck!

Expo Line Opening on Saturday, April 28th

Phase 1 of Metro’s Expo Line will open on Saturday, April 28th, with trains running from Downtown LA to as far west as La Cienega Boulevard. To celebrate the opening, Metro is offering free rides for all passengers this Saturday and Sunday. There will also be live music as well as other entertainment and activities at four stations:

  • 7th St/Metro Center Station (Downtown LA)
  • Expo Park/USC Station
  • Expo/Crenshaw Station
  • La Cienega/Jefferson Station

Beginning on Monday, a ride on the Expo Line will cost $1.50 (free, if you have a quarterly Metro pass).

Later this summer, the Expo Line will be extended west to Culver City (Venice/Robertson). From the Culver City station, passengers will be able to connect to the Big Blue Bus Line 12, which serves the UCLA campus.

An Introduction to the Metro ExpressLanes Project

Metro, Caltrans and other partners have joined forces for the exciting ExpressLanes Project. The project will improve congestion on the 10 and 110 Freeways by converting HOV lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, among other changes. The new ExpressLanes on the 110 are scheduled to open in early fall 2012 and those on the 10 are scheduled for early 2013.

To use the future HOT lanes, drivers must have a FasTrak transponder. Each transponder has three settings:

1) Solo Driver
2) 2 person carpool
3) 3+ person carpool

The cost of the toll depends on the level of congestion (the more congestion, the higher the toll) and the length of your trip. Those who carpool, vanpool or use motorcycles will not be charged for using the ExpressLanes. Tolls are dynamic to discourage the use of the HOT lanes during high congestion periods and to encourage ridesharing. During peak levels of congestion, ExpressLanes will only be available to HOVs. You can find more details on pricing on this PDF from Metro.

More details about the project are forthcoming. Meanwhile, take a look at Metro's ExpressLanes FAQ.