Printer Friendly

Coping with Olympic traffic.

Worst-case scenarios paint a picture of traffic on Los Angeles streets and freeways choked to a standstill during the Olympic Games. But the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD), and Los Angeles city officials have worked out ways you can supplement private with public transportation to avoid frustration.

Success depends on heeding information available and using services offered between July 28 and August 12. Plans include shuttles to many event sites; at our press deadline, organizers expected to begin taking park-and-ride bus reservations (strongly advised) in early June, when an information kiosk will open in downtown L.A., at First and Spring streets.

Traffic planners working to stem potential congestion will have specific traffic-management plans in operation each day. Freeways and surface streets will bear special Olympic signs directing spectators to events. Some 50 new freeway message boards will continually update motorists on traffic problems and suggest alternative routes. On freeway shoulders, flashing signs will warn of congestion ahead, announce temporary lane or off-ramp closures, and suggest other exits.

The message is: be alert to all this as you travel through the L.A. Basin. Help from CalTrans: maps, forecasts

You can send for detailed maps of the area surrounding each Olympic site. These show the best approaches, shuttle bus routes, streets designated one-way to facilitate traffic flow, and spectator parking. They list surface streets, freeways, and on- and off-ramps to be closed (and dates and times of closure) for such events as road cycling, race walking, and the marathon--or for the entire Games.

A second set of maps shows freeway conditions at 8 and 11 A.M. and 3 and 6 P.M. on typical summer week and weekend days. Shading on top denotes locations of expected freeway congestion on days with and without Coliseum events.

For a free Olympic Information Packet, write to CalTrans Public Information, 120 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012, or call (213) 620-3550. RTD plans: more buses, special routes

For the 16 days of the Games, RTD will operate a fleet of 550 buses, using new buses and delaying the retirement of others. Most will have wheelchair lifts.

By early June, RTD expects to have a free 22-page brochure spelling out its Olympic service, such as timetables, advance reservations, $10 day passes. Also included will be timetables for normal service routes and self-guided tour suggestions.

To request the Olympic service packet, write to RTD, Los Angeles 90001. In Southern California, call the toll-free RTD information number listed in your telephone book; the hearing-impaired can call TTY (800) 252-9040. Or drop by any RTD Customer Service Center.

To help offset the cost of Olympic service (no public tax funds can be used), RTD is selling commemorative brass bus tokens singly for 50 cents or in specially boxed sets of 24 (one design for each sport) for $24.95. For a mail-order form, write to RTD, Los Angeles 90001.

Three types of bus service will be offered. You can buy tokens or passes at the boarding points; no cash will be accepted on the vehicle.

Shuttles. Seven shuttle routes will provide round-trip service to Olympic sites less than 5 miles from the shuttle pickup points. Buses will run to and from event sites on demand. See our map for terminals and sites served.

Express buses. From Civic Center, at First and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, nonstop buses will serve six event sites. Buses will leave as they fill up. Normal bus service from outlying areas to downtown will be increased to connect with these express buses and also the shuttles mentioned above.

Park-and-ride buses. Nonstop buses will run from six terminals to four event locales; other terminals and event destinations may be added. The reservation system should be in operation in early June. You must specify date, park-and-ride lot, event destination, and a 20-minute time slot in which you would like to depart. You pay when you reserve.

You do not need to park at the park-and-ride sites to use the bus service. Since parking is limited, consider having someone who is not attending the same event drop you off and pick you up later. Santa Barbara to San Bernardino: what muni and regional transit systems plan

Competitions in a number of sports will take place outside the host city. We found no established clearing-house for information on public transportation serving outlying areas.

Santa Barbara Metro Transit District. Park-and-ride service to the UCSB campus, where the U.S. Olympic team will train from July 5 through August 12, leaves from 5901 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. Buses will leave every 15 minutes; round-trip fare will be $1; call (805) 683-3702. Seating is free; call 961-4313 to reserve.

Ventura County. At our deadline, South Coast Area Transit planned no special service.

Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines. On normal lines to UCLA and Loyola Marymount, buses will be added as needed; one-way fare is 50 cents cash. The system also plans to add stops; for information and a route map, call (213) 451-5445. Santa Monica Freeway Express buses to downtown L.A. (one-way fare: 80 cents) will link with the RTD's shuttle and express lines at First and Spring streets (see above).

Long Beach Transit. On normal routes to El Dorado Park, the arena, convention center, and waterfront, buses will be added according to zip codes of local ticket purchasers for archery, fencing, and volleyball. Round-trip fare is $1 on all routes, 40 cents for seniors and students. Call (213) 591-2301 for updates and a map.

Orange County Transit. On routes serving Anaheim Convention Center and Cal State Fullerton, buses will be added as needed (one-way fare: 60 or 75 cents). For updates and maps, call (714) 636-7433.

San Bernardino Omni Trans. Only buses will have access to Prado Regional Park. SBOT will operate a free shuttle July 29 through August 4 from 8 to 6 each day. The departure lot is at Pomona Rincon Road and Pine Avenue (east of State 71). Buses will shuttle every 7 minutes.
COPYRIGHT 1984 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1984 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Date:Jun 1, 1984
Previous Article:Painless (almost) transportation to and from SFO ... 24 choices.
Next Article:Bay Area potters sell on June 17, open their studios on June 24.

Related Articles
Creating the Olympic network: going for the gold!
Sybase and Compudigm Earn 'Gold Medal' for Helping Monitor Wireless Traffic During Sydney Olympics.
Federal ministers make further comments about Sydney Airport decision.
International border solutions. (Management News and Products).

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters