Los Angeles is a place that is always growing and developing. To that end, here is a look at few of the exciting changes that will soon be taking place.
Metrolink Tickets Available Via App
Metrolink recently released a new app that makes it possible for riders to not only purchase tickets with their phones, but to store them there as well. Started earlier this month as part of a pilot program, the new app will make it possible to avoid waiting in long lines at Union Station to purchase a train ticket. While the pilot program only worked on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line, the full app works throughout the entire system.
The new app can be used to purchase a number of different types of tickets, including one-way and round-trip tickets, 7-Day passes and Weekend passes. It can also be used to purchase and store multiple tickets. Unfortunately, for those who are wishing to transfer to Metro trains or busses will still have to purchase paper tickets for now, as the on-phone tickets are only good for Metrolink at this time. Metrolink hopes to get the gates on Metro rail lines fitted to read bar codes by sometime this fall, which will make it possible for mobile ticket holders to make transfers between the two rail lines. Metrolink is also working with Amtrack in an effort to make mobile tickets scannable by their conductors.
Funeral Home Being Transformed to Affordable Housing
A funeral home located in South Los Angeles that is registered as historic at both the local and national level will soon be transformed to affordable living. Designed by architect Paul R. Williams, the Angelus Funeral Home was originally constructed in 1934. According to the project developers, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, the Spanish Colonial Revival and Georgian Revival mashup will stay largely the same as it is now. Rather than adding new floors, the company will be reusing the existing space for apartments, offices and community space. Three new four-story residential buildings will be added to the property. Once complete, the project will boast 40 units for low- and very low-income households. It will also feature 42 car parking spaces within an underground lot as well as 41 bike parking spaces.
New Bike Lanes to Be Added to Downtown Los Angeles
Unveiled in May 2015 by LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, the DTLA Forward plan has set in motion plans for improving the downtown experience for pedestrians in Los Angeles. The first project for this plan was revealed earlier this month, with plans put in place to install 15 “headstart crosswalks” that would allow pedestrians to start crossing before the traffic light actually changes. This technology is aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian/vehicle collisions. The next project will involve two major street reconfigurations aimed at bringing protected bike lanes to two of the roads in Downtown L.A.
As part of the bike path plan, protected bike lanes will be created on both Main and Spring streets. These lanes will span form West Cesar E. Chavez Avenue at the northern end of the downtown area to Olympic Boulevard on the south end. Unlike traditional bike lanes that are simply marked off with paint, these lanes will feature physical barriers separating the bike lanes from car lanes.
These are just a few of the exciting developments taking place in Los Angeles. To learn more about the area, particularly real estate in Southern California, contact our team of luxury real estate experts. We specialize in high-end real estate in the area’s most prestigious communities.
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