Judge deals major blow to Hollywood growth plan (L.A. Times)
Wow. A Superior Court judge has ruled a new zoning plan for the Hollywood area doesn’t comply with state environmental law. That likely means it’s back to the drawing board for the city of Los Angeles’ planning agency, which spent years revising the plan that promoted smart growth by allowing larger buildings near transit stops.
There are dozens of zoning plans that cover the city of L.A. The problem is that many of them are old and most developers seek exemptions by negotiating with the local council office and neighborhood stakeholders. Planning on a case-by-case basis makes it harder for the city to ever implement any kind of grand vision for any of its neighborhoods — and definitely makes it harder to cluster development near transit, something other cities have been adept at doing.
A New York Subway customer can always ask for a note that their train was delayed — but that doesn’t mean that they’ll get one. Except:
Since June 2010, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has given more than 250,000 such notes, titled Subway Delay Verification, to riders, determining whether their trains had in fact come in behind schedule, or if, perhaps, the agency had been unjustly scapegoated by a harried commuter.
Passengers are asked to provide information like their subway line and the times and locations of their entries and exits. And then, maybe hours later, maybe days, the authority returns with its judgment — the transit equivalent of a doctor’s note, if a bit more bewildering.
“There was a disruption in service, specifically signal trouble, sick customer, brakes in emergency and track circuit failure, which caused massive service delays, reroutes and/or trains to be discharged on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, B, C, D, F, J, L, M, N, Q and R lines,” one recent response read, in part. “As a result, any one delay lasted up to 82 minutes.”
Metro, of course, has its share of service delays. Delay verifications can be obtained by contacting Customer Relations at Call Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or by fax at 213.922.6988. Click here for the online customer comment/complaint form.
Proposed 2040 Metrorail network (PlanItMetro)
The blog for the Washington Metro’s Planning Department explains a new proposal to build three new rail lines as part of the agency’s long-range plan — including two lines to serve the city core and (finally!) a station in Georgetown. This is obviously a plan that would cost many billions of dollars and it will be interesting to see where the funding comes from. Then again, it probably doesn’t hurt that the lines would serve the Capitol Hill area. 🙂
Metro’s bike-share crisis (The Atlantic Cities)
Bike rentals are down by a third compared to 2012 and a major sponsor — Barclays Bank — is ending its partnership in 2015. The program launched in 2010 with great fanfare; the blog post thinks a price hike for bike rentals combined with an increased number of cycling deaths in London has turned off potential customers.
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