Reason and not vitriol [pdf, page 6] (Beverly Hills Weekly)
A call for a temporary cease fire in the Westside subway wars (L.A. Streetsblog)
In the Weekly, columnist Rudy Cole writes that some of the emotional rhetoric flying around Beverly Hills these days is alienating those who might help the school district’s goal to prevent the Westside Subway Extension from tunneling under Beverly Hills High School, should there be a station at Constellation in Century City. At Streetsblog, editor-in-chief Damien Newton suggests that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to argue about the location of the Century City station until all the facts are in the barn — and they won’t be until the project’s final environmental study is released this fall. I couldn’t agree more. Ultimately, of course, the subway’s route must be approved by the 13-member Metro Board of Directors.
One Santa Fe gets Metro as a tenant (blogdowntown)
The on- and off-again housing and office space project in the Arts District in downtown L.A. looks to be on again, with Metro agreeing to occupy some of the office space. The building would also have more than 400 residential units. The project sits on the edge of the rail yards for the Red and Purple lines and the latest renderings even show a pedestrian bridge linking the One Santa Fe buildings to a new Arts District station. Don’t get too excited. It’s just a drawing. Although Metro has been asked by L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge to study adding the station, no decision is close to being made and I don’t get the feeling that it’s a high priority. But the more people living in the Arts District, the better the chances it could happen. Someday.
Should trains stations have airport-style security? (Infrastructurist)
Interesting piece that makes the argument that importing airport-style security to train stations would probably: a) not actually make the trains any safer, and b) scare people away from taking the train. The post, however, conveniently overlooks some of the scary attacks on trains that have taken place.
Amtrak ridership hits record numbers in California (Transportation Nation)
Caltrans reports that ridership and revenue are up, attributing the increase to high gas prices. A clever marketing campaign may also have something to do with it — Amtrak has been promoting the benefits of train travel, including the good ol’ power outlet for your electronic goodies.