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METERED FREEWAY

A freeway to which access is controlled by entrance ramp signals that use fixed-time signal settings or is regulated by a computerized surveillance system. This procedure is used to prevent freeway congestion. See also Bus Priority System. (TRB)

METHANOL

A fuel derived from methane gas, that in the late 1980s was a leading alternative to diesel fuel. The objective was to use methanol to meet the low emission regulations The high cost of maintaining vehicles using methanol resulted in…

METRO

An electric railway for the transport of passengers with the capacity for a heavy volume of traffic and characterised by exclusive rights-of-way, multi-car trains, high speed and rapid acceleration, sophisticated signalling to allow a high frequency of trains, and high…

METRO ART

Section within the Communications Division whose mission it is to assist commuters connecting with one another through the creative community’s innovative involvement in the Metro System. Programs include permanent art and design collaborative projects, temporary projects, and education.

Metro Blue Line

The Metro Blue Line is a light-rail line in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail System. It follows a north-south route, connecting Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Long Beach. The line is operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation…

METRO EXPOSITION LINE

Culver City-Los Angeles Mid-City/Exposition Light Rail Transit Project. A 9.6-mile light rail line currently in the planning stage.

METRO FREEWAY SERVICE PATROLS

Funded by MTA, these contracted towing services remove stalled vehicles from peak period congested freeways. It is managed by MTA in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans. MTA staff maintains the two-way radio equipment installed in the trucks.…

METRO GOLD LINE

Union Station-Pasadena Light Rail Transit Project. A 13.7-mile light rail line constructed by the Metro Blue Line Construction Authority. The line opened for revenue service July 28, 2003.

METRO GOLD LINE EASTSIDE EXTENSION

A 6-mile Metro Gold Line light rail transit extension planned to provide service between Union Station and East Los Angeles. The line is scheduled to open in 2009.

METRO GREEN LINE

Norwalk-El Segundo Light Rail Transit Project. A 20-mile electric rail line constructed by the MTA mostly in the median of the I-105 freeway. It was opened for service August 12, 1995.