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The $185-million station — also known as ARTIC — will serve buses, Metrolink and Amtrak and replaces the old train depot in the parking lot of Angels Stadium. The new station is 1,000 feet from the old one and officials say they’ve been notifying passengers of the upcoming change. An open house is being held Monday.
Los Angeles makes unique play for 2024 Olympics (Associated Press via Daily News)
The AP takes a peek inside the Los Angeles area’s quiet pursuit of the 2024 Summer Olympics — and not surprisingly transit expansion is being emphasized. Downtown Los Angeles and a renovated Coliseum would play a big role in hosting events (Red/Purple Lines, Expo, Blue and Gold Lines), as would Santa Monica (future Expo Line) and the Rose Bowl (current Gold Line).
Here’s a recent ESPN article on cities around the world potentially interested in hosing the games. In the U.S., the list includes L.A., San Francisco, Boston and Washington D.C. Internationally, Paris and Berlin could be strong contenders. One semi-related note: the International Olympic Committee has had a tough time finding a host for the 2022 Winter Olympics, with Oslo recently pulling out, citing expensive demands from Olympic officials it didn’t want to deal with (supplying limos and travel lanes, etc.)
Central subway connection to Fisherman’s Wharf makes sense (S.F. Chronicle)
Architecture critic John King argues that the ongoing project to extend the Muni light rail line — via a subway tunnel — to Chinatown would be a lot more useful to riders if the line was extended to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. The ridership would almost certainly be there but funding, as always, would be a challenge.
Work on subway construction digs up ancient farm in Rome (Mass Transit)
The farm and an old irrigation basin thousands of years old were found about six stories below ground level. “Notable finds included a three-pronged iron pitchfork, storage baskets, leather fragments possibly from a farmhand’s glove or shoe, and traces carved into stone by a waterwheel’s repeated turning….Peach pits, presumably from the farm’s orchard, also were found. Peaches were still a novelty, first imported from the Middle East.”
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