Los Angeles City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti aired some concerns with the Wilshire BRT plan — a joint project of Metro and the city — at a community meeting in Studio City. The City Maven article doesn’t offer much context for the quote, but one can infer that Garcetti thinks the line won’t be as effective as it could be because some stretches of the line will not have bus-only lanes, namely in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and a stretch of Westwood.
With the U.S. Congress slow to move on its next long-range transportation bill, L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa has been looking at other avenues for making the 30-10 plan a reality. The most recent iteration: Villaraigosa engaged a national Chinese investment group about financing 30-10 during a trade mission through the Pacific Rim. This move comes on the heals of a proposed law by California Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) that would allow L.A. County voters to extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax past its 30-year sunset — another move that could potentially speed up delivery of Measure R’s 12 transit projects.
Is there tension between empathy — that is, fun and amusement — and efficiency in public transit? That’s how author Tom Vanderbilt sets up his review of Jarrett Walker’s new book Human Transit. It’s an interesting conceit, given that the thrust of Walker’s book, after all, is that efficiency is key. In short: when you provide transit efficiently, you can provide it more abundantly, and abundant transit means more freedom to travel. Keep an eye on Walker’s blog for his response to the Slate review in the coming days.