Mass transit meet LAX. Maybe. (L.A. Times)
The editorial likes the idea of taking light rail to a transfer to a people mover in a new integrated transportation building that LAX wants to build east of the existing terminals. The editorial, however, completely overlooks the tough decisions that go with that: namely, how to get light rail to the planned building.
There are basically two choices: move the Crenshaw/LAX Line west, thereby delaying the project and making it more expensive OR building a spur from the Crenshaw/LAX Line to serve the new building. Here’s our post from last week that explains the issues.
The Metro Board will consider a $7.5-million increase to the project’s budget at their round of meetings this month. The bridge is intended to make it easier for people to travel between Universal City and the Red Line station without crossing a busy street. Some critics, however, say the bridge is unnecessary and that improved crosswalks could do the trick.
The story touches on some of the long history of this project. The bridge started as a tunnel that was supposed to serve as mitigation for the subway project and Metro is building the bridge as part of a settlement with NBC Universal. See this staff report for the long version of the project’s history; then immediately enroll any and all relatives in the nearest law school specializing in environmental law.
BART, unions to continue talking Tuesday afternoon — no strike (San Francisco Chronicle)
Although past the original strike deadline, BART officials and union officials are still trying to hammer out an agreement to keep trains running across the Bay Area. Workers with AC Transit in the East Bay also have indicated they will walk out if BART workers strike, meaning tens of thousands of people will need to find another way of getting around.
Huizar authors motion to promote more dense development in DTLA (Downtown News)
L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes much of downtown L.A., wants to incentivize the building of taller structures. The concern is that many buildings seven stories or under are being constructed in downtown. Some observers worry that new rules could halt the many projects underway.
Moose die-off alarms scientists (New York Times)
A moose in Yellowstone. Photo by Steve Hymon
Populations of moose are down across many parts of North America. No one is sure exactly why but there are theories, many of them involving climate change. In particular, a warmer world may be causing heat stress for moose and/or making the world a more hospitable place for species and diseases that thrive on moose.
As regular readers know, taking transit is a way to help reduce your carbon footprint — particularly for those who drive alone to work.