Transportation headlines, Thursday, October 3

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And now they’re too lazy to fly!

ART OF TRANSIT: Union Station platform 12 from our growing Instagram feed.

LACMA and Grove owner collaborating on trolley plans (Curbed LA)

Grove developer Rick Caruso earlier this year said he would like to extend the shopping complex’s short trolley line to LACMA, the Beverly Center and presumably the future Purple Line Extension’s Wilshire/Fairfax station. Now LACMA is joining him to do a feasibility study of the project and two local L.A. Councilmen say they support the idea. This is old school, people — private interests studying a transit project that would likely have to run on city of L.A. streets. It’s about a 3/4 mile to one-mile walk from Wilshire/Fairfax to the Grove, depending on where you’re going. Metro bus lines 217 and 780 also traverse that stretch of Fairfax.

High-rise enclave planned for downtown L.A. (L.A. Times)

The development firm Mack Urban has purchased six parcels in the South Park area — now mostly parking lots — and plans to build high-rise apartments intended to appeal to Gen Y. The properties are certainly transit friendly — it’s a short walk to the current Blue and Expo Line Pico Station and many bus lines run nearby. This is a great thing for downtown but goodbye $5 parking for Kings games!

Meanwhile, on the other end of downtown, work has begun on a 320-unit apartment building on the site of the old Mega-Toy warehouse, according to the Downtown News. The building on 2nd Street is near the existing Gold Line Little Tokyo station and will be close to the future Regional Connection underground station.

Cooling it on ‘drivers vs. cyclists’ in L.A. (L.A. Times) 

Here’s your laugher of the day. The Times’ editorial page asked readers to answer whether Los Angeles can ever be a bike town? What followed was (surprise!) a few good points surrounded by a lot of Internet blather, some of it stupid, some of it racist and much of it highly-charged with opinion and little fact. The newspaper now says that despite the tone of the comments, cyclists and motorists often do get along. Still to be seen is whether the Times follows through with its promise to better cover bike issues on the editorial pages.

Daughter of L.A. County Sheriff battling life-threatening disease (KCBS)

Deputy Richard Zorich — who helps keep the Metro system safe — has already lost two children and now his seven-year-old daughter is battling a rare hereditary disease that effects the brain. While fighting for her life, the medical bills are mounting and the Sheriff’s Department is doing what they can to help their colleague and his family.

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