The two round-trip flights — for $4 a seat — sold out quickly as the airline looked to use the 405 shutdown/Carmageddon to grab some headlines. Interestingly, the airline’s website says the last flight of the day will take 35 minutes while the others have a travel time of about 15 minutes. There will of course be big-time media coverage of the flights, leading to more free advertising for the airline. We wonder if anyone will do a story about the incredible waste of jet fuel and the high greenhouse gas emissions attributed to jet travel.
Good news for supporters of our nation passenger rail system – it’s expected blast past its record ridership numbers of last year by more than a million passengers. Amtrak’s president attributes the record numbers to smart spending by the federally funded company and a changing populace that’s eager to take advantage of the benefits of rail.
How do you promote transit to new students? (Metro Magazine)
Metro Magazine – a public transit industry periodical – asked colleges and transit agencies serving colleges about how they are promoting transit to incoming students. In California, San Bernardino’s Omnitrans reports an increase in interest about a new free pass program for students. Are colleges in L.A. doing enough to promote transit?
The Watts Towers are one of L.A.’s most iconic structures – and they’re within walking distance of a Blue Line station – but despite this, the experience of visiting the Towers has always been a bit lackluster. Curbed LA reports that this may soon change after a grant of $250,000 was awarded to turn the Blue Line adjacent Watts Train Station into a visitors center and create an “artist’s pathway” leading to the Towers.