The operator of the train that crashed into a platform and escalator early Monday admitted to falling asleep and that in February she had fallen asleep, resulting in her train missing a stop. Video has also surfaced from the crash, apparently from a security camera at the station. Scary.
City leaders shepherding MyFigueroa stakeholders toward consensus (L.A. Streetsblog)
Opposition to installing protected bikeways along Figueroa between downtown L.A. and Exposition Park is beginning to melt away. That’s great news for cyclists and for Metro; the Expo Line parallels the (hopefully) future bike lanes and connecting transit and high quality bike lanes would be super awesomeness, correct?
The group Lava Mae — dedicated to providing showers and toilets for the homeless in San Francisco — has purchased for old buses in San Francisco and converted them to vehicles with showers and restrooms that homeless can use. Above is the group’s video.
Skepticism dogs Santa Ana streetcar plan (Railway Age)
Someone should create a template for articles on streetcar projects that begins with the headline “Skepticism dogs XXXX streetcar plan” as streetcars and skepticism go hand-in-hand! In this case, OCTA Board Members are asking if there’s a fundamental difference between a bus and a streetcar besides the $238-million price tag attached to this project. Streetcar supporters usually argue that putting tracks in the road lets everyone know this is a dedicated transit route and that, in turn, encourages development and/or redevelopment.
Excerpt: “State Sen. Nicholas Scutari announced his plan Monday, acknowledging that opposition from Gov. Chris Christie could seriously hinder it but pointing out, “He’s not going to be governor forever.” Enough said.
Speaking of roads in New Jersey, today’s musical interlude (NSFW if your boss is a Springsteen non-believer).
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