The study finds that Los Angeles ranks third behind New York and San Francisco when it comes to the number of jobs near transit, according to the study that crunched the numbers on 46 of the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. That puts the L.A. area ahead of some older and more established transit cities such as Chicago, Washington, Boston and Philly. The list:
Top 10 metro areas: job accessibility by transit (January 2014)
- New York
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- San Jose
I don’t think the above map is exactly shocking news to those who live here and know our area — but the map still makes a pretty visual argument for better connecting transit to downtown Los Angeles and the Westside. The map also suggests that the Measure R-funded transit projects that Metro is building or plans to build are serving a real purpose. The short list:
•The Purple Line Extension will directly connect downtown Los Angeles to Westwood via the Wilshire Corridor with a short detour to Century City. The project also provides a direct link between our region’s largest transit hub — Los Angeles Union Station — and the Westside.
•The Expo Line’s second phase connects Santa Monica, West L.A. and downtown L.A. via Culver City, the northern part of South L.A. and Exposition Park.
•The Regional Connector will link the Gold Line, Blue Line and Expo Line in downtown L.A. and allow easier and faster access to and through downtown L.A. for riders on all three lines.
•The Gold Line Foothill Extension extends the Gold Line to the Azusa/Glendora border, making for easier and faster access to jobs in the Pasadena area, downtown L.A. and beyond (i.e. the Westside). Meanwhile, the second phase of the Eastside Gold Line is being studied and would connect either South El Monte or Whittier to downtown L.A. via this project and the Regional Connector.
•The Crenshaw/LAX Line will serve a north-south corridor starting at the Green Line’s Redondo Beach Station and extending north to the Expo Line, including the job-rich area around the airport. The Expo Line, in turn, offers east-west access to jobs. The map also suggests that extending the Crenshaw/LAX Line north — a project in Metro’s long-range plan but unfunded at this time — would connect people to more jobs to the east and west via the Purple Line. A South Bay Green Line Extension, a project also to be funded by Measure R, could extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line deeper into the South Bay.
•The map also suggests that connecting the San Fernando Valley to the Westside via the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor makes sense and that the area along Van Nuys Boulevard — to be served by the East San Fernando Transit Corridor — is also a wise proposition in the short-term. The Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor is a long-term project not scheduled for completion until the 2030s unless funding is found to build and accelerate it, but the project could eventually connect to the bus rapid transit or light rail built as part of the East San Fernando Valley Transit project along Van Nuys Boulevard.
•The map also shows that the Warner Center area is one of the more job rich areas in the Valley, thereby suggesting that it makes sense for Metro to pursue improvements to the Orange Line. See this recent Source post for more about that.
Here is the page about Los Angeles in the University of Minnesota study:
More headlines after the jump!
Final Sixth Street Viaduct model showcased at public briefing (Streetsblog L.A.)
A good look at the most recent plans to tear down the existing bridge over the Los Angeles River and replace it with something a lot more pedestrian, bike and open space friendly (under or adjacent to the new bridge) by 2019. While the downtown L.A. side of the bridge has been getting a lot of internet attention, Streetsblog smartly considers the eastern side, which doesn’t quite make it to Boyle Heights proper. Also, take a gander at the comments where it’s wisely noted that road projects are every bit as pricey as transit projects.
The website’s “Ask Umbra” feature considers a reader question: which is greener, HOV lanes or HOT lanes (i.e. congestion pricing lanes such as Metro’s ExpressLanes)? Umbra’s conclusion: there are many factors and it’s hard to say which is better — but that HOV and HOT lanes together are part of a larger strategy to offer more mobility options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Lots of good nuance here usually missing from media reports on congestion pricing. One note: Umbra does discuss the issue of equity; Metro does offer qualified low-income users a $25 toll credit when setting up an ExpressLanes account.
Cajon Pass commuter: will Victor Valley ever have a rail option? (Victor Valley Daily Press)
The newspaper asks Metrolink if they will ever expand service to Victorville and the short answer is: no plans are in the works. Funding is one issue, securing space on busy freight tracks is another. Perhaps something to consider for those moving to Victor Valley, or perhaps something residents who want rail should have considered before moving to the high desert.
Crowdsources map app Waze plans plans government data exchange (Washington Post)
The crowdsourced navigation app wants to share more of its real-time traffic data with local governments while, in turn, using more government traffic alerts to better refine its driving maps. The firm recently announced plans to set up such agreements with cities/metro areas including New York, L.A., Boston and Rio de Janeiro, to name a few.
Quasi-related: Google is now using cameras mounted on hikers to capture images of trails in the California State Parks system for its Google Maps applications, reports the L.A. Times. Hmmm. Looking forward to going home from work, popping open a few beverages and virtual hiking some park I’ve never visited in person.
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