Los Angeles is an area that abounds with recreational opportunities. Whether you are staying in the city or want to venture outside of it, here are a few current and future options that you might want to consider.
LA River Recreational Areas Once Again to be Open to the Public
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell has announced that two recreation zones will once again be made available for public use this year. Beginning on Memorial Day, the LA River will be open from sunrise to sunset, seven days per week. During this time, residents and visitors can enjoy independent and unscheduled fishing access and boating opportunities. Those who do not have their own kayaks to bring to the river can take a trip with one of the permitted tour operators that will begin operations when the rec zones are opened.
The relatively new tradition of opening up designated rec zones began a few years ago when the river was upgraded from a flood control channel to a navigable waterway. The two zones are located in the Valley’s Sepulveda Basin and in the Elysian Valley within the natural-bottomed Glendale Narrows area. The two rec zones will remain open into the fall, with the Elysian Valley section scheduled to close September 25th and the Valley segment closing on September 30th.
Take the New Expo Line to the Beach
The newly extended Expo Line light-rail is scheduled to soon begin offering rides from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. While the train will encounter a couple red lights as it approaches downtown Santa Monica, it will be a largely seamless trip that will quickly and easily take residents and visitors from the Downtown LA to the beach. According to the schedule that was recently released by the Metro, the trip from Downtown LA to downtown Santa Monica will take anywhere from 47 to 50 minutes.
Hyperloop System Takes a Step Closer to Reality
Various companies continue to look for ways to bring the Hyperloop system to Southern California. Once in place, the futuristic technology would transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. Competitors within the industry anticipate getting the giant elevated tubes, which are capable of traveling at speeds of 800 miles per hour, up and running within the next decade.
Of course, at this point, the futuristic technology is still entirely hypothetical. One startup company named Hyperloop Technologies, Inc. is working toward making it a reality. Hyperloop Technologies recently put on a demonstration of a test track in the Nevada Desert. Another company named Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has also announced the development of a new “passive magnetic levitation” system that will reach speeds of up to 760 miles per hour. The system is similar to the magnetic systems that are currently in place in both Europe and China. The new system would be different in that the design does not require the tracks to be lined with power sources.
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