The L.A. Times has an editorial on Metro’s projected $251-million operating deficit in the next fiscal year and offers a proposal on how to fix it — raise fares. The article notes that L.A.’s fares are significantly lower than most U.S. cities and fares only cover about 26% of operating costs. Of course, there’s many who would say L.A.’s transit system doesn’t offer the same level of service as those other cities and a fare increase would hurt the most vulnerable riders on this system — those without the luxury of a choice.
Human Transit takes a look at how New York City is handling its own transit deficit by cutting service intelligently. Service cuts seems like a bad thing (much like fare increases) but the blog notes that some services are redundant and by cutting these services transit agencies can save money without reducing mobility. Of course, as one commenter on the blog notes, having redundant service to cut is a luxury that most agencies don’t have.
The blog Straight Outta Suburbia discovered that our neighbors to the south have a transit system that puts most U.S. cities, L.A. included, to shame. Mexico City’s metro system has 11 grade separated lines and — surprise! — it’s the second largest metro system in North America after New York City. Wow. Straight Outta Suburbia did some additional research and found that residents of Mexico city owned 189 cars per 1,000 while in the U.S. the number is more like 771 cars per 1,000 people. Double wow.
Read the rest of today’s headlines, complied by the Metro Library, after the jump.
2010 LA Street Summit: Biking, Walking And Beyond
Be A Green Commuter
California High-Speed Rail Project’s Flaws Publicized
D.C. Art Activists See Old Trolley Station As Buried Treasure
Downtown’s Grand Avenue Now A Candidate For Eli Broad’s Art Museum
Los Angeles Times
Fast Track The Future: A High-Speed Rail Agenda for America
Full-text policy memo (12p. PDF)
Gas Tax Ignorance Revisited: Are Vehicle Mileage Fees The Answer?
Into Performance-Based Transportation Policy (experts weigh in on how to develop effective and practical performance measures, as well as what data, resources and institutional changes will be needed)
National Journal Transportation Blog
Ken Greenberg On The Future Of Urban Planning (cycling, shifting demographics, and the end of the lifespan for much of the post-WWII highway infrastructure)
L.A. May Boot More Cars To Ease Shortfall
Los Angeles Daily News
LA StreetSummit 2010 website (LA Trade Tech College : March 20, 2010
Long Beach Makes Way For Bicycles: The City Is Proactive In Becoming More Cyclist Friendly, Even Creating “Sharrows” For Bikes To Share Lanes – And 20 Miles Of New Bike Lanes Are Coming Soon
Los Angeles Times
New York: Cutting Service Without Cutting Mobility
Officials Rally Against 710 Extension
Glendale News Press
Plane Crazy? Meet The Academic Who Will Spend The Next Year Living In An Airport
Daily Mail (London)
Santa Monica Newspaper Makes Its Feelings Known On Bergamot Development
Saving Money By Cutting Traffic (a look at the traffic in major U.S. metropolitan areas, as well as what the municipalities are doing to combat the congestion)
States Go After Texting Drivers
Stimulus Payouts Through DOT Reach $8.26 Billion
Journal Of Commerce
Thursday Is HSR Stimulus Day (the federal government will announce the recipients of $8 billion in HSR stimulus funds)
California High Speed Rail Blog
Transit In Mexico City Beats Most U.S. Cities (including Los Angeles)
Straight Outta Suburbia