Curbed picks up a story from the Los Angeles Business Journal that exposes a small group of Beverly Hills merchants who oppose a Westside Subway stop at Wilshire/Beverly Drive due to fears of lower income subway riders tarnishing the gloss of Rodeo Drive. Another worry is something many businesses – regardless of clientele income – have when it comes to the subway: will construction drive business away? Although one merchant has a class warfare twist on this issue too, fearing that ritzy business may be replaced by lower end business that cater to subway riders. Reverse gentrification, anyone?
Reorganizing the Bus System within the Network Hierarchy (The Transport Politic)
I’ve been waiting to hear what Yonah Freemark, prolific transportation writer for The Transport Politic blog, had to say about last week’s N.Y. Times story about L.A.’s bus service changes. Well his response is here and like his blogging brethren Jarret Walker (Human Transit), he feels the Times fails to understand that creating a cohesive transit network is more important than trying to provide a small group of people with direct service. But he does feel Metro has failed in properly publicizing and explaining this fact. He then uses the rebranding of the bus system in Lyon, France as an example of how to do it right.
Subway Crush No Longer Gets Weekends Off (N.Y. Times)
The subway system in New York City is no longer just a service functioning mainly to get city commuters too and from work. This Times article reveals that weekend service on the subway is more popular (and crowded) than ever, with ridership numbers that rival the weekday rush hour. One reason? A generational shift. As car-averse, transit-hungry Millennials move into the city and surrounding burroughs weekend trains tend to fill with young revelers, shoppers and service workers.
Spaniards Trade Cars For Lifetime Trolley Pass (Shareable: Cities)
Now here’s an interesting idea that we’ll probably never see in the States. The city of Murcia, Spain offered car owners a lifetime trolley pass in exchange for giving up their cars… permanently. The cars that were traded in were then put on display around the city, parked in impossible places to drive home the point of how much space the vehicles take up. I only wonder what sort of contract folks had to sign to ensure that they never ever buy a car again.