The 18-mile corridor would connect North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena
A presentation from the November 4 meeting of Metro’s San Fernando Valley Service Council offers an update on plans for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) line connecting the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.
The project, which is currently in its environmental review period, covers an approximately 18-mile corridor which spans the communities of North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena. An estimated 700,000 daily trips occur within the project area, which includes the SR-134 freeway.
Metro is studying several potential alignments for the project which would make use of right-of-way along corridors such as Colorado Boulevard, Glenoaks Boulevard, Olive Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Lankershim Boulevard. Various alternatives could route buses along Union or Green Streets in Pasadena, Broadway in Glendale, and Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood.
Buses would operate in within either side-running or center-median lanes, save for within the City of Pasadena, which opposed consideration of bus-only lanes in the 1.5-mile area between the Gold Line and proposed eastern terminus at Pasadena City College. The new bus lanes, in addition to serving the North Hollywood-Pasadena line, would also be open for use by other Metro and municipal bus lines.
The completed BRT Line is expected to offer an end-to-end trip time of 66 minutes – a nearly 50 percent reduction from the current 2 hour travel time for buses along the corridor. Buses would run at 10-minute headways on weekdays and on 15-to-30-minute headways during off-peak hours. Metro is planning between 21 and 23 stations, depending on the chosen alignment, and anticipates 30,000 daily riders upon opening.
Metro has secured approximately $267 million in funding for the project to date between state and local sources. A preliminary cost estimate contained within the project’s draft environmental impact report estimates that the total cost for the BRT line is approximately $297 million.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024, according to the Measure M expenditure plan.
The North Hollywood-Pasadena line will overlap with several other planned Metro projects, including a second BRT corridor planned between North Hollywood Station and Chatsworth and speed enhancements to the G Line busway. Additionally, Metro has engaged with private developers to build a $1-billion office, housing, and retail complex on the parking lots which flank North Hollywood Station.
A presentation posted by the Encino Neighborhood Council unveils plans for a new Marriott-branded hotel on Ventura Boulevard.
The proposed hotel, which would be called the Sherman Oaks AC Hotel by Marriott, is slated for a property at 15485 Ventura Boulevard. Plans call for razing an existing 1960s-era development – the 70-room Sherman Hotel – to make way for the construction of a six-story building featuring 159 guest rooms above street-level commercial space and semi-subterranean parking.
Renderings of the project depict a contemporary podium-type building, rising approximately 75 feet in height. A second-level setback would be used to create a pool deck for guests, wrapped by additional indoor amenities. The building’s upper floor would include a bar with outdoor seating overlooking Ventura Boulevard.
The project is being designed by WATG. The developer of the proposed AC Hotel, Irvine-based DKN Hotels, owns a dozen properties in the Los Angeles area, including a second AC Hotel planned in Downtown Burbank.
The development site sits less than a half-mile southwest of the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Camarillo Street, where developer IMT Residential is planning a mixed-use apartment complex featuring more than 300 residential units.
Original article written by Steven Sharp on Oct 14, 2020 http://urbanize.la/post/ac-hotel-planned-ventura-boulevard
Part of $19.5-million street safety project.
Construction is scheduled to begin this month for a $19.5-million project which will bring new pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure to one of the San Fernando Valley’s key north-south thoroughfares.
The planned improvements, which are being implemented by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), encompass a 2.9-mile stretch of Reseda Boulevard between Victory Boulevard in the south and Parthenia Street in the north. In addition to resurfacing the corridor, the project will also include:
- high-visibility crosswalks;
- 11 bus boarding islands at 9 intersections;
- protected bike lanes separated from automobile traffic by vertical bollards and concrete islands;
- new loading zones and curb ramps;
- new left turn arrows at 8 intersections;
- 13 bioswales;
- new shade trees;
- pedestrian lighting at bus stops; and
- a crosswalk with flashing beacons at Napa Street with a median pedestrian island.
The new infrastructure will feed into an existing one-mile stretch of protected bike lanes running from Parthenia to Plummer Street – just west of the Cal State Northridge campus.
Implementation of the Reseda Boulevard plan will reduce the number of on-street parking spaces along the corridor from 707 to 465. The spaces slated for elimination are located near driveways – where parked cars impede visibility – or along narrow sections of the street.
Construction is anticipated to occur over approximately 28 months, with completion of all elements of the project expected in April 2023.
The project area, which connects the Reseda community with Northridge, is a busy corridor frequented by approximately 5,000 bus riders on an average weekday. However, it has also been identified as a particularly dangerous stretch of road. According to LADOT, 110 people were either killed or severely injured along the 2.9-mile section of Reseda between 2009 and 2019.
Original article written on Oct 8, 2020 by Steven Sharp https://urbanize.la/post/new-protected-bike-lanes-coming-reseda-boulevard
Properly disinfecting, cleaning, and sanitizing surfaces can help protect you and your loved ones.
There are many unknowns when it comes to how COVID-19 is spread. What we do know is that the virus is more commonly spread by person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet). 1 This is why physical distancing and sheltering in place is encouraged at this time.
But what about COVID-19 and surfaces? Is it possible the coronavirus might be living on your groceries, shoes, or the front doorknob of your home?
While you may be more likely to catch COVID-19 through close contact with other people, there’s still some evidence that suggests the virus may remain active for hours or days on certain surfaces.1 This is why it’s important to make sure you’re properly disinfecting, cleaning, and/or sanitizing.
But what’s the difference between disinfecting, cleaning, and sanitizing? Let’s take a look:
Cleaning physically removes dirt, grime, and germs from surfaces or objects by using water and soap or detergent. This doesn’t necessarily kill things like bacteria or viruses that may be living on a surface, but it does lower the number of those germs by washing them away.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. It works by using certain cleaning chemicals intended to kill bacteria and viruses.
Sanitizing is the process of both cleaning and disinfecting a surface or object. When something is sanitized, you’ve lowered the amount of virus or bacteria present by physically removing germs and then killing anything that’s left.
While sanitizing may seem like the best way to remove the virus from surfaces, it may not always be appropriate for every situation. For example, if you sanitize your hands too often, it could result in irritation. In cases like this, it’s best to choose the right method for the object in question.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the most important surfaces you should disinfect, clean, or sanitize to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19.
Hands: Clean or sanitize
One of the most important ways to limit your exposure to a virus is by regularly washing or sanitizing your hands.
According to the CDC, washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to get rid of germs.2 To properly wash your hands, you’ll need to wet, lather, and scrub them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. However, if you don’t have access to soap and water, then use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% to 95% alcohol.
Home: Clean, then disinfect
If the surfaces in your home are dirty, you’ll want to clean them first and then disinfect. Focus on the areas that get touched the most or collect the most germs. Some areas you’ll want to keep regularly disinfected include:
- Door handles and knobs
- Light switches
- Bathroom and kitchen counters and surfaces
- Faucets and sinks
- Mobile phones and devices
The CDC also recommends wearing gloves while cleaning and disinfecting and throwing them away when you’re done.
Keep in mind, not all cleaning products will kill the coronavirus. Here is a list of some of the CDC-approved disinfectants:
- Products on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s list of registered disinfectants for use against the coronavirus.
- Diluted bleach on certain surfaces (check the product label for instructions on how much water you should use when diluting the bleach). Important: Bleach can stain fabrics and certain surfaces. You should also never mix bleach with anything other than water — especially other cleaning products like ammonia. Mixing bleach and ammonia can produce a toxic gas that can be deadly. Be sure to only use bleach in a well-ventilated area (the fumes can irritate the lungs) and to follow the instructions on the label first. Also, never ingest or drink bleach, detergents, or cleaning agents.
- Alcohol solutions containing at least 60% alcohol. Important: Avoid using liquor or alcohol intended for drinking. Vodka, for example, typically only contains 40% alcohol so it does not meet the CDC requirement of at least 60% alcohol content, which is needed to kill bacteria and viruses.
Groceries: Cleaning not needed
According to the CDC, there’s currently “no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.”3 The coronavirus is mainly thought to be spread by person-to-person contact, which is why practicing physical distancing is so important. And while you may not need to clean your grocery bags or food packaging, it’s still important to practice common food safety guidelines — which includes washing your hands and keeping counters and food preparation spaces clean.
Wash your clothes and cloth face masks regularly with detergent and use the warmest water setting possible (check the clothing labels for details). Be sure to dry everything completely. You’ll also want to clean and disinfect your clothes hamper according to the guidelines for that surface while your clothes are being washed.
When it comes to your shoes, take them off either before entering your home or in the entryway to prevent bringing dirt and germs into your home. You can also spray your shoes from top to bottom with a non-staining disinfectant like a 70% alcohol solution.
When in doubt, check the CDC guidelines
Because the coronavirus situation is changing all the time, it’s a good idea to regularly check the CDC website for the most current information.
Original article from Kaiser Permanente blog.
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cleaning and Disinfection for Households, accessed July 24, 2020.
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, When and How to Wash Your Hands, accessed July 24, 2020.
3Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), accessed June 25, 2020.
Plans call for more than 1.1 million square feet of new construction
Most of us aren’t used to working all night, but with many of us working from home, chances are your schedule has
changed. Here are some strategies to get into the groove of working a night shift:
- Manage your sleep during the day— not just how long, but how soundly.
- Get rid of all distractions, especially the phone.
- Try to sleep at the same time every day.
- Keep sleeping temperature about 68 degrees.
- Use earplugs to keep noise at bay. You can also muffle intrusive sounds with a fan or “white noise” machine.
- Accept changes in your schedule. Don’t try to maintain your normal routine; keep social events and family outings at times that fit your new work schedule needs.
- Eat light at night and get extra servings of fruits and veggies, cereal, pasta and rice.