As LA residents know, the city and the county are always looking for ways to make life more enjoyable and convenient for residents and visitors. To that end, here is a look at a few recent and upcoming changes in the area.

The Civic Center’s New Cycletrack

A new cycletrack is just about ready for use in Downtown LA’s Civic Center. The ultra-safe protected lanes, which are part of a project that will include street resurfacing and bus stop islands, will span from First Street and Alameda along Los Angeles Street. While these lanes are not quite as long as the two that are being planned for Spring and Main Streets, they will help to link the Civic Center to Union Station.

The project is made possible through a partnership between the Bureau of Street Services and the LA Department of Transportation. The lanes are expected to be available for use as of May 15th.

Cell Service in Downtown LA Subway Tunnels

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Verizon customers with 4G LTE phones can now officially enjoy cell service between Seventh Street/Metro Center and Union Station within the Los Angeles subway tunnels. While the service has been available for about a month, that was considered to be a testing period. The service is now supposed to be fully operational and functional. As an added bonus, some of the cell service for the Red and Purple lines also bleeds over to the Expo and Blue Line at the Seventh Street station.

While Verizon was the first to make service possible in the subway tunnels, other providers are expected to follow suit. InSite Wireless, which is the company that is helping to make the service possible, reports that T-Mobile and Sprint have also signed-on to bring the service to their customers. Service from these providers is expected to be available in two to three months. AT&T, on the other hand, is reportedly still in ongoing discussions about the service.

Metro says additional service expanding deeper into the Purple Line from Seventh/Metro to Wilshire/Western is expected to be available this fall. Service will next be expanded to the Red Line and then to the underground stations of the Gold Line in Pasadena and East LA. Service in all of these areas is expected to be available sometime in 2017.

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Traffic Ticket Kiosks

LA Superior Court has added five new traffic ticket payment machines at various locations throughout the county. By visiting these courthouse kiosks, you can easily pay your ticket without needing to go into the courthouse. The kiosks will be available 24/7 and can be used to pay a variety of traffic-related tickets, including parking tickets. While the same tickets can be paid online, the kiosks offer more payment options by accepting personal checks, cash and money order payments. The kiosks will also provide services in a variety of languages, including Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. The new kiosks will be available at LA Superior Courts in Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, West Covina and the Metropolitan Courthouse.

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