Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year Resolution: Try Public Transportation

Happy New Year! With every new year, many of us choose to do something to change our behavior like eat more vegetables, save more money, or take public transportation instead of driving.

All Aboard! Caltrans District 12 (Orange County) and Metrolink are now providing train travel times from the OC to Los Angeles Union Station via electronic highway signs to show commuters that trains are a viable alternative to freeway travel. Both train and freeway travel times are now displayed on electronic highway Changeable Message Signs (CMS) near the Fullerton and Anaheim Metrolink stations during weekdays on northbound Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) and westbound State Route 91.

Caltrans District 7 (Los Angeles) and Metrolink are planning to offer similar messaging to benefit Orange County and Los Angeles County commuters who may be impacted by the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects from the Orange County line to I-605. (www.I-5info.com)

The pilot project has many benefits: 1) give commuters real-time information to help them get to their destination quicker; 2) highlight the time a commuter could save by taking a Metrolink train; 3) save money; 4) enjoy a stress-free commute; 5) have a positive impact on the environment; 6) encourage Southern Californians to get familiar with public transportation options.