Expo Line Construction: Full Steam Ahead

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October 31

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We are excited to announce that phase 2 of the Expo Line construction is currently ahead of schedule. As of this fall, all rail crossings within the City of Los Angeles have been completed and the final two crossings in Santa Monica are now underway!

As neighbors to the future Expo/Bundy station, we have a first hand view of the progress as the station takes form. We have seen the bridge and station platform go in as well as the elevator platforms and canopy poles that will hold the overhead awnings. As of this fall, all of the station platforms have been built with the exception of the Downtown Santa Monica station, which is currently under construction.

According to the Exposition Construction Authority, they are expecting to begin testing trains by early next year once the Traction Power Substations have been installed in coordination with Metro.  

When phase 2 of the Expo Line is complete, riders will be able to get from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in approximately 46 minutes, regardless of traffic. As we have heard from many members of our community, they are looking for easier access to retail and restaurant options.  In addition to Martin Expo Town Center, the Expo Line will provide easy access to points of interest like the 3rd Street Promenade, Downtown Culver City and Union Station. Needless to say, people who work along the Expo Line route, including those who work in the several office buildings adjacent to the Expo/Bundy station, will have an alternative option to get to work each morning, other than their cars.  

The coming Expo Line is sure to change the transportation network on the Westside and I know many of us in West LA are looking forward to the connectivity and ease of access to Santa Monica and other parts of Los Angeles. 

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Where We've Been & Where We're Going

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April 30

Martin Expo Town Center has come a long way since we first started in Spring of 2012. Since then we have been working closely with the community to address its needs and concerns as we developed our plans. The City is currently undergoing preparation and review of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This is an important milestone for the project. We expect the City to release the Draft EIR for public review and comment by the community sometime this fall. 

Check out the timeline below to see where we’ve been and where we’re going.  

Throughout this process, our goals have remained the same - to bring a well-designed, transit-oriented, mixed-use development to Olympic & Bundy in West LA that provides convenient neighborhood dining and retail options. We appreciate your support and as a long time member of this neighborhood, we highly value your input and feedback.

Stay tuned! Be sure to subscribe to our blog, if you haven't already, to stay informed of when the Draft EIR becomes available for public review and the ways you can submit comments. 

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Living & Working in the Same Neighborhood with TOD

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March 19

In the first two installments of the three-part video series on transit-oriented development, we have explored the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit, as well as the need for more neighborhood-serving retail.

In our final video, we discuss what it could be like to live and work in the same neighborhood. This shift could help eliminate long commutes, create a better sense of community, all while reducing dependency on our cars. For this shift to take place in West LA, we need to build a neighborhood that has both office space and residential with surrounding amenities to support it. 

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TOD & Neighborhood-Serving Retail

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February 20

In the first installment of our three-part video series on transit-oriented development (TOD), we explored the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit. However, TOD means more than getting people out of their cars.

In the second video, we discuss the need for more neighborhood-serving retail and the types of retail local residents would like to see in West LA. Having more stores and eateries that nearby residents and office workers can easily walk to will help reduce automobile dependency and enhance the community.

To contribute ideas on the kind of retail you would like to see along Olympic and Bundy, visit our Popularise profile: http://bit.ly/1jhuO8l

Stay tuned for the final video that will discuss the need for a community that promotes living and working in the same neighborhood. 

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What is Transit-Oriented Development?

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January 29

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a concept that has been a hot topic the last few years in the world of development and land-use, and more specifically on the Westside as it relates to the Expo Line. However, TOD is a term that many people don't fully understand.  

So, what is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)? TOD is an area that builds a community and brings together retail, residences, offices and multiple transit options. But even simpler, it is a place where you can eat, shop, live, work, walk, bike, and ride transit. 

I wanted to give this concept some life with real examples, so rather than a lengthy blog post, I've asked a few West LA locals to join me in a three-part video series and boil down TOD to a meaning that we can all relate to.

In the first video, we explore the importance of alternative commuting options in West LA - walking, biking, and riding transit. (Watch it below.)

 

Stay tuned for the next two videos that will discuss the need for more neighborhood-serving retail and the kind of community that can be built around people who live and work in the same neighborhood.

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LA Times Reports: Residents living near Expo Line stations reduce car use

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December 17

The Los Angeles Times reported December 16th that a recent study by USC has found that many households in proximity to the Expo Line have made small adjustments in their daily routines that have resulted in driving less.

"After the light-rail line opened, Angelenos who lived within a half-mile of a station tripled their rail ridership and reduced their daily driving by 40%, the study found."

The study also concluded that residents within a half-mile of the Expo Line have experienced a health benefit and a reduction in their carbon emissions. 

METC will add to this trend with a transit-oriented development that lies directly adjacent to the planned Expo/Bundy station. 

You can read the full LA Times article here: http://lat.ms/19bpEdd 

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Join us this holiday season and give to Toys for Tots!

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December 03

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Through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, The Martin Family is collecting toys through December 24th. Collection boxes are located throughout the Martin Cadillac showroom and service lounge. These new toys will be delivered by U.S. Marines during the holidays to send a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. The goal is to assist our children in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens.

The Toys for Tots Program is special to our family because my father served two active tours of duty as a Marine. In fact, the Martin Family has served in active military duty for the past three generations, including the Navy and Air Force as well. 

The holidays are a special time to be with your family and this year we hope you’ll spread that holiday cheer to families and children that are less fortunate.

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Improving Livability Beyond Santa Monica

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November 12

According to The Lookout and Livability.com, Santa Monica has evolved into one of the nation's best cities in which to live. The City's employment opportunities, housing, amenities, education, and easy access to entertainment have attracted people, particularly young renters, who desire to be a part of and build communities.

“This is a group that is very innovative and entrepreneurial,” Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael told The Lookout. “It’s people who will plant roots in the community and grow with the community.”

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You Tell Us

POSTED ON
October 07

What if local office tenants didn't have to drive somewhere to get to lunch?

What if visitors traveling on the Expo Line could have a convenient, centrally located gathering place?

What if you could tell us what kind of retail you would like near the Expo/Bundy Station?

We have partnered with Popularise, an online platform aiming to give residents more say in the developments within their communities, so you can tell us what you would like to see at METC.

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We ♥ Bikes

POSTED ON
September 19

The Martin Family is excited to introduce bicycle-share, servicing and storage facilities to help promote a more balanced, multimodal and transit-oriented community around the Expo Line's Bundy Station.

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We are excited to see the recent success of a similar facility in our neighboring community, Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Bike Center is one of the largest bike parking facilities in the United States with 5,300 square feet allocated to 360 dedicated bike storage spaces and hundreds of members. The Bike Center offers extensive racks, walk-up valet service, bike rentals, a bike loaner program, lockers, showers and a repair shop. It has become a game changer for Santa Monica, which anticipates a lot more foot and bike traffic following the Expo Line phase II completion in 2016. Watch this brief video featuring the Bike Center in Santa Monica:

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