Happy first birthday to The Source!

One goal of The Source is to get you -- the taxpayer -- inside Metro HQ.

It was one year today that we launched The Source on the Metro website, hoping to better explain government to the people who pay for it: you.

Here’s my first post, explaining what we were shooting for on The Source. And here’s Fred’s first post, explaing his ambitions to cover an agency that he — Fred doesn’t own a car — relies on most days. Excerpt from Fred’s post:

By compressing its massiveness down to the size of your web browser and providing daily postings on what’s going on, where your money’s being spent, and how you can get involved, my hope is that The Source will provide a level of accessibility, transparency, and understanding to Metro’s customers and taxpayers that simply wasn’t before possible.

In the next few days, we’ll post a reader survey because we want to know what readers want/need from The Source.

In the meantime, it’s (hopefully) onward and upward with a busy day today. Public officials are scheduled to hold a news conference later today in Leimert Park to discuss the federal loan to speed construction of the the Crenshaw/LAX Line. And in downtown L.A., the Metro Board of Directors’ planning committee is set to discuss Metro staff recommendations for the Westside Subway Extension and Regional Connector projects.

We’ll have coverage later. And, of course, thank you all very much for reading.

6 thoughts on “Happy first birthday to The Source!

  1. Seriously? It’s only been a year? Feels like you’ve been around for ages already. The Source is one of my must-reads everyday — and usually more often than that.

    Thanks for doing such a great job.

  2. Happy first birthday! I love reading this blog. It actually makes riding the Metro friendlier and more interesting. Posting the Metro discounts help too :)

  3. Happy birthday! Thanks for doing such a great job keeping us informed about Metro, 30/10 and transportation generally. Over the past year The Source has become a must read for me. I look forward to reading your informative articles.

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  5. The Source has done a surprisingly great job at communicating with the public the agency’s policies, programs, and outcomes. The Source is a thoughtful exploration of transit issues, too, which is like gravy on the turkey. Like LA DOT, Metro’s strength has historically not been in the communication sphere. Now, both DOT (with the bike plan blog) and Metro have a direct voice, and we really appreciate it. It shows what a relatively modest investment in communication and communicators returns!

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