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Top 4 Best Places to Live in LA Without A Car

Los angeles skyline of the city

Los angeles skyline of the cityMoving to LA and don’t have a car? Many areas of LA have convenient public transit stops and bike routes that make driving obsolete. According to a recent Reddit thread, here are four of the best neighborhoods to live in car-free:

1. DTLA
Cable car on the bridge in Downtown LA.

Cable car on the bridge in Downtown LA.

The hub of LA’s public transportation, DTLA provides easy access to the majority of Metro’s Express bus lines, the Expo line, the Red and Purple subway lines, and Metro Bike Share. With so many options, who needs a car?

 

2. Koreatown
Koreatown in Los Angeles

Koreatown

This neighborhood is very walkable. It also has a Purple Line station which can move you to Downtown or Hollywood in no time and connects to the Red Line a short way away. Moreover, Koreatown is on the route of the 720 express bus which takes you through a large stretch of the city.

 

3. Hollywood 
Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

The Red and Purple subway lines and most bus routes all have stops in this famous neighborhood. The connections are endless!

 

4. Santa Monica 
Breeze Bike Share in Downtown Santa Monica

Breeze Bike Share in Downtown Santa Monica

Home to the Big Blue bus, the Expo Line, and plenty of express bus lanes, Santa Monica is also a good choice for a car-free lifestyle. This area is especially good for bicycling which many miles of bike lanes, lockers and infrastructure, along with its own Breeze Bike Share system.

 

 

Tax Reform Bill Will Preserve Commuter Benefits

Los Angeles bus

Los Angeles bus

This past weekend, the media incorrectly reported that "commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits" in the GOP tax reform package. The tax reform legislation, which has been passed by both the House and Senate, preserves section 132(f) of tax law, which is the section of law that provides commuters with a transportation benefit.

The confusion comes from a section of the tax reform package that does eliminate the ability of employers to write off subsidized transit costs. But most transit benefit programs, including those at UCLA, are provided as a pre-tax program. Employers who provide a pre-tax program are not impacted by the change, and will continue to receive payroll tax benefits.

For more information, check out the Association for Commuter Transportation's "Tax Reform - Changes to the Transit Benefit - Myths & Realities."

 

 

Dashing Through LA This Holiday Season On Public Transit

Christmas lights on the classic bus model

Warsaw, Poland - December 5th, 2016: Christmas lights on the classic bus model on the street at night. The streets in a city is decorated by many interesting Christmas ornaments and lights in december. The children really like especially the Christmas old bus.

What fun it is to ride public transportation to L.A. holiday happenings like ice skating, light displays and other attractions!

Earn a spot on the nice list by keeping your carbon footprint small as you take in wintertime sights and sounds. Here’s a round-up of the merriest activities around LA you can get to using alternative transportation.

Winter Sports

Ice at Santa Monica

Trade in your sneakers for skates and hit this 8,000 square foot rink by the beach. Take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 2 to Downtown Santa Monica/SM Civic Center then walk a few blocks or ride the Metro Rapid Line 720 and get off at 4th/Arizona, just mere steps from the outdoor rink.

Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Skate surrounded by the city skyline. Multiple DTLA bus lines serve the area and Metro’s Red and Purple Line go to the Pershing Square Station.

Ride the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus then catch the Expo Line at Westwood/Rancho Park Station to get off at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station. You can also take the Metro Rapid Line 720 to 6th/Hope. Show your TAP card at the rink to save on admission.

Continue the holiday outdoor experience and jingle all the way through downtown using Metro Bike Share. The closest station is at Olive and 5th. For more station locations, click here.

Twinkle, Twinkle

LA Zoo Lights | Directions from UCLA lazoolights

Bigger, brighter and merrier this year, the zoo’s holiday tradition returns. Explore a wild wonderland of light under the stars and along the way view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.

Descanso Gardens Enchanted: Forest of Light | Directions from UCLA

This interactive nighttime event features a one-mile walk through colorful lighting experiences that employ sound and special effects through different parts of the botanical garden. Use the LADOT Commuter Express to reach this location from campus.

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk | Directions from UCLA

Make the season magical by celebrating Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. See an all-new holiday spectacle with lights and music cast against the backdrop of Hogwarts castle.

Hit CityWalk on Sunday, December 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate Chanukah at Chabad of the Valley’s annual event which features a free concert.

BOLD Holidays Beverly Hills | Directions from UCLA

All December the hills are aglow with events and activities including carolers, lighting displays, a meet and greet with Santa on Rodeo Drive, music and special shopping, restaurant and hotel offerings.

Fairytales & Festivals

Holiday Trainfest and Toy Drive at Union Station | Directions from UCLA

On Saturday, December 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tour vintage rail cars, enjoy holiday music and refreshments and meet Santa at this free event. Celebrate the season and help those in need by donating new, unwrapped toys in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use Metro’s Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site. Enter from Vignes Street or Cesar Chavez Ave.

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” at the Music Center | Directions from UCLA

Catch a world premiere of a holiday classic performed by the Miami City Ballet with a live orchestra at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Image result for queen mary chillChill at the Queen Mary | Directions from UCLA

Embark on a holiday expedition at the Queen Mary’s 38,000-square foot Ice Adventure Park featuring ice skating, a zip line, ice tubing slide and other thrills. Celebrate the traditions of Christmas from six different regions with an international food fare and cultural celebration, dancing and live performances, a nightly Christmas tree lighting and more.

Happy Holidays, and cheers to staying as green as a Christmas tree by choosing sustainable transportation this season!

 

UCLA Rideshare Month 2017

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RideShare-2017_BlogTired of dealing with traffic or paying for parking? Join UCLA Transportation in celebrating UCLA Rideshare Month during October!

WHAT IS RIDESHARE

Rideshare is the shared use of transportation through public transit, carpool, vanpool, biking and walking.

PLEDGE TO SHARE THE RIDE

Pledge with UCLA Transportation to commute to UCLA by public transitcarpoolvanpoolbike, or foot from now until October 31. Those who pledge below will have the opportunity to win a Fitbit, Amtrak tickets, gift cards, Metro passes and more!

Click here to read the terms and conditions of both the pledge and prize drawings.

RIDESHARE WEEK CELEBRATION

Come celebrate with us at our Rideshare Month Fair on Monday, October 30, at Bruin Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participate in a variety of fun activities and prize drawings aimed at promoting sustainable transportation and a healthy lifestyle.

Wilshire Center and Medical Center employees can also join in on the fun by visiting us at one of our tables during Rideshare Week. Bring coworkers and learn more about alternative transportation, enter into prize drawings and receive free giveaways!

Please also join us for the monumental launch of Bruin Bike Share on Tuesday, October 3.

  • Monday, October 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center Dining Garden
  • Tuesday, October 3, Bruin Bike Share Launch, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dickson Court North
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Trimana Cafe in the Wilshire Center
  • Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bruin Plaza

Thank you for joining us in our quest to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Please Note: If you are pledging from a phone or tablet, please click here to complete the online form.

Metro Plans for All-Electric Fleet by 2030!

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OrangeLineMetroLast week the Metro Board approved the purchase of 95 electric buses and set a goal of converting their entire fleet from natural gas to zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

This is huge. With 2,200 buses, Metro has the second largest bus fleet in the nation. Its vehicles operate day in and day out over the course of many hours. The challenge will be finding electric buses that can meet Metro's rigorous operational demands.

During the Board of Directors meetings last Thursday, Metro approved contracts to purchase 60 40-foot zero-emission buses from BYD (the same vendor as UCLA's electric BruinBuses) to be used on the Silver Line, and 35 60-foot electric buses for the Orange Line.

The Orange Line will be fully converted by 2020, and the Silver Line will be entirely green by 2021, if all goes according to plan.

For more information, read the report from Metro blog The Source.