In pursuit of a way home, commuters turn to bikes in Tokyo (The Urban Country)
Facing an arduous commute with rail lines shut down and roads clogged or damaged, many people in Tokyo visited the local bike shop to buy a bike. Some reports indicate that shops sold out of bikes quickly, perhaps because many of the city’s residents face commutes too long to walk.
Japanese rail lines running on limited basis (Bloomberg)
Many rail lines around the country on Monday were running, at best, limited service. Crowds were very heavy in the Tokyo subway, which is normally the world’s busiest with eight million daily boardings.
The map shows the great extent of the damage to the country and its infrastructure and also allows viewers to see well organized photos from across Japan. The photos are informative, surreal and in many cases very sad.
Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-Diamond Bar) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) both told The Times they oppose Metro’s ExpressLanes project to charge single motorists a variable toll to use carpool lanes on parts of the 10 and 110 freeways. Rep. Miller said it’s a form of double taxation; Waters said it creates a system of haves and have-nots. The story also noted that similar congestion pricing projects have been implemented in many other locales, including San Diego, Texas and Florida, where the toll lanes caused rush hour speeds to rise in both the toll lane and general purpose lanes. It remains unclear if the project could be stopped at this point even if Congress and the White House were to oppose it, which hasn’t happened anyway. Metro received a $210-million grant — initially approved by the Bush administration — to try the tolling experiment for one year. The money is also being used to purchase new Metrolink rail cars, rebuild the El Monte Transit Center and add an extra carpool lane on the 10 freeway between downtown L.A. and the 605 freeway. For more information on the toll lanes, which could open by 2012, visit the ExpressLanes FAQ on Metro’s website.
Census maps for L.A. County (blogdowntown)
Check out the informative maps created with recently released data from the 2010 Census. One of the maps tracks population growth (or loss) by census tract in L.A. County. Among the tracts that were big gainers: Playa Vista on the Westside and tracts in downtown L.A. and downtown Pasadena.