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  1. Can I ask how the $3 account maintenance fee figure was derived from in the first place? What was the basis of $3? Why not $1? Why not $10? There has to be rational way that they arrived with that number right?

  2. Thanks for sharing my post, I’m very interested to hear what other readers think! Just wanted to note, though, that the title should be “The Accidental Urbanist,” not Accidental Tourist.

    Regarding cell service… I know a lot of people see it as a safety need, but it’s so annoying to have people carrying on loud conversations on the Expo Line, I’d hate to have that happen on the even-more-crowded Red Line too!

  3. The article about signage at 7th/Metro gave some excellent ideas of how to rearrange what to show on each sign. However, my biggest beef with these signs is that they don’t show useful information for commuters. As with most daily commuters, I know what time my train is scheduled to depart, what I want to know is when it is actually going to depart, so I will know whether I need to run down the stairs to make it to the platform in time. “Next Train” information for all routes should be posted at the entrances to the stations. C’mon Metro, this is the 21st Century.

  4. Also, is Metro ever going to correct the schedule information shown on the monitors during commute hours for the Blue Line? The signs show only one Blue Line train to Long Beach every 12 minutes, but don’t show schedule info for the other train to Willow.

  5. Agree w Steven White – in fact, the TAP stations are also easy to miss unless you know where to look. Gotta say, many of those placements are bad – it’s too easy to miss a train while trying to find where the heck to TAP (a program that needs major revision as well). Against the easily congested stairwell railings instead of on the platforms or center at the top of the steps means even those who are not intending to avoid payment often do.

  6. The removal of the fee is a good step….but its only 6 months, and only for county residents.

    LA should still look at SF and how carpool users are actually able to use the lanes for free.

  7. I agree. Supervisor Zev should be commended for acting in the best interest of the people not recovering “bogus fees” like how the banks do.

    Even better would be to have the six months restriction lifted and the no maintenance fee made permanent.

  8. @ExpoRider — for now, since there’s no real-time data on the trains, then scheduled times is the best we’ll get. I’ve found that trains are typically on time at 7th Street (more than other stations) because its the beginning of the line for Blue/Expo. And because the Red/Purple lines tend to run on time more than the light rail lines. Real-time data is coming to the Metro Rail system soon, and I assume we’ll get that data pushed to these screens when it does.

    @Pat Loeb — Definitely agree with your criticisms of the TAP validator’s placements. In fact, Metro is in the process of getting these moved right now. If you go to the station, you can see they’ve cut up the floor to move the wiring. There’s a recent post from the Source about it here: http://thesource.metro.net/2013/04/12/tap-validators-being-moved-at-7thmetro-station/
    So rest assured, this will get better soon!

  9. We should all give great thanks to Zev Yaroslavsky, Diane DuBois, Jose Huizar, Richard Katz, Ara Najarian, Pam O’Connor and Mel Wilson. These were the seven sitting members of the Metro Board who fought for the people.

  10. To grab hold of Steven White’s coat tails, I have something to say about the speakers for the Red/Purple at Union Station.
    A friend of mine is a professional audio engineer and tech audio engineering and acoustics. I helped him out with some work that he did redoing the sound system for a large public space. It used to have okay sound, then somebody got some good professional speakers and installed them in the wrong location and pointing the wrong way. The sound became horrible. He redesigned a system that uses well placed speakers pointed the proper direction. The sound became wonderful, every syllable is clear.

    A while back when I was waiting for the Red line and heard the announcements come across the speakers, it was very difficult to hear. I looked at the speaker locations and the directions that they are pointed. The speakers actually are pointed so that they interfere with each other and get a lot of interfering reflection off the walls. If the speakers were set about 20′ above the platform and centered on the platform (or about 15′ and in 2 rows) and pointed straight down, the sound would be better.

  11. Hi Steve,

    I just wanted to chime in on your thoughts about Casden’s planned parking spaces. I believe that people choose locations with amenities that suit their needs. People who choose to live at Casden might rely on Metro for commuting and use their vehicles mostly on weeknights and weekends. If I planned to commute daily by car, I would surely not pay a premium to live next to a Metro station with a lot of congestion.

    In this context, evaluating the effectiveness of TOD on purely the number of parking spaces is a bit misguided. I think it’s fair to say that L.A. is still a very car-centric city and one would forgo (occasional) access to a vehicle only if he had no other choice. If we build TOD with less parking spaces, it will cause parked cars to spill out onto neighboring streets. We should be thinking about encouraging car-sharing at such locations such as allowing Zip-car to set up shop directly in the garage.