FMCSA and FRA Announce Listening Session.
FMCSA and FRA to Host Public Listening Sessions on Obstructive Sleep Apnea among Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers and Rail Workers | Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Announcement on the FMCSA Website is here.
Directions to take ground transportation to the 2016 CMV Listening Session in Los Angeles from the Travel Centers of America in Ontario, California:
Use Google Maps on your phone or laptop to map the direction using these addresses:
Start Point: TA Ontario – 4265 East Guasti Road Ontario, California
Destination Point: Westin Bonaventure Hotel – 404 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California
Once you set the start point and the destination point look to the upper section of the screen for the icon for driving (car) or public transportation (Train/Bus/Uber) and decide which one you will take.
The listening session will be held on a Wednesday so anticipate heavy Los Angeles traffic into downtown and decide if you want to do that in a rental car or not.
Enterprise will rent you a car and deliver it to you. They have a rental counter at the TA in Ontario with reasonable prices if that is the way you want to get to the listening session. Anticipate paying $ 35-40 for parking in downtown also.
If you are interested in bypassing the aggravation of Los Angeles traffic and up for a true learning experience I suggest you take Uber or a Taxi to the light rail station in Ontario and ride it to downtown Los Angeles where you can then take Uber or a Taxi to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
Google Maps will give you an estimated travel time for these choices.
To use Uber you must set up a profile with a credit card in advance because their drivers do not take payments in the car. Uber is much cheaper than a taxi and more reliable to pick you up faster. To set up a profile go to https://www.uber.com/ and follow the directions to set up and confirm your profile. You order an Uberx (normal car) using the Uber app. It will give you an estimated time of pick up and you will be able to see who your driver is before they arrive with their license plate. You might decide to use Uber the entire way and share the expense with other drivers. Once you have created your Uber profile you can use a tool in their website to estimate the price to drive you the entire way to down town if you prefer that and do not want to rent a car yourself. Just make sure you are confident using the app to order a car. I find their support responds quickly when I tweet them on twitter @Uber_Support
MetroLink Light Rail:
The MetroLink light rail station has two stations near the TA Ontario. You might already be familiar with the area and know of some street truck parking near there where you can walk to the station rather than take Uber, a Taxi, or the City Bus is also an option. The 2 MetroLink Light Rail stations are:
- “East Ontario Station” located at 3330 Francis Street Ontario, Ca by Mission Blvd. between Jurupa and Milliken. This is called the Riverside Line it is 3.5 miles from the TA Ontario
- “Rancho Cucamonga Station” located at 11208 Azusa Ct, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca it is just 2.5 miles up on Milliken from the TA Ontario. This is called the San Bernardino Line
Both the San Bernardino Line and the Riverside line end at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Then you can take another Taxi or Uber the remaining 2.5 miles to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel for the listening session.
Here is a link for the MetroLink with a video on “How to Ride” http://www.metrolinktrains.com/howtoride/
You can also call 800-371-5465 24 hour a day for schedules
The Riverside line at the East Ontario Station has limited train service. The suggested train you should use is the 7:11am train that leaves from Track 1 and arrives at 8:15am
The San Bernardino Line that leaves from the Rancho Cucamonga Station has more service. The suggested train you should take leaves at 7:19 am from Track 2 and arrives at 8:31 am
There are 2 other trains that leave from these stations a bit later but you will be cutting it too close to get to the meeting on time. Make sure you arrive at the station 20 minutes early to purchase your paper ticket from the vending machine.
Adult Fare: $10.75 1 way or $21.50 round trip
Senior Fare $10.50 round trip
You can use their app to purchase your ticket which provides you with a QR code to be scanned as a ticket but the MetroLink is a partner with the city bus system shuttles where you can ride free but you must have the paper ticket to do that. The city bus is called “The Metro” and to find out more about their service with free transfer call 323-466-3876
Coming back to Ontario on the MetroLink from Union Station
San Bernardino Line leaves at 4:22pm from track 70, 4:58pm from track 9a, 5:12 pm from track 9b, 5:35pm from track 7b.
Riverside Line leaves at 4:15pm from track 6a, 4:55pm from track 6a, 5:35 pm from track 6b, 6:05 from track 5b, 6:35 pm from track 6b
Then take Uber or Taxi back to TA Ontario.
If you want to see something interesting before you head back to the truck stop go across the street from Union Station to Olvera Street. It is the first street in Los Angeles with a historical marketplace and many small Mexican food restaurants and shops. Try some Taquitos with beans and Rice. http://www.olvera-street.com/About-Us/about-us.html