Transportation headlines, Friday, May 1

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Metro April news: Crenshaw work stoppage, all-door bus boarding and more (Streetsblog LA)

A roundup of the many issues tackled by the Metro Board this month.

Want to know your riders? Meet millennials (Trapeze) 

Some good PR advice from a marketing firm along with a nice collection of graphics. This is why social media is important. Traditional media outlets still have a lot of reach, but I also know a lot of people who don’t have cable, who don’t watch the local news and get a lot of their news from non-traditional sources (i.e. Twitter and Facebook).

The case for Los Angeles as a biking city (Ron Milam Consulting)

And the case is pretty strong, I think. My three cents: Perhaps the biggest challenge for the area is moving some of the many recreational riders into those willing to use their bikes to commute and run more errands.

Tioga Road opens Monday (Yosemite National Park)

The road across the park’s high country is opening unusually early due to the ongoing drought. The road crosses 9,943-foot Tioga Pass which most definitely should not be snow free at this time of year. On the plus side, you now have access to some of the prettiest terrain in California…

Glen Aulin, a fun hike from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. Photo by Steve Hymon.

Glen Aulin, a fun hike from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. Photo by Steve Hymon.

Concerned about climate change that may be impacting the drought? Metro is, the reason it will soon begin testing new electric buses.

Every day should be email debt forgiveness day (New Yorker) 

For our many riders who use time on transit to try to catch up with the never-ending email assault. Excerpt:

Mat Honan, BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau chief, decided that the burden of personal e-mail was simply too heavy to bear. E-mails sent to his personal account now get a response saying, “I no longer use personal email. Please contact me via another method.” One Reply All listener, who confessed to a certain level of obsessive-compulsive behavior, said that he had once stared anxiously at the number in the top left of his Gmail in-box: he had 9,999 e-mails, and wondered if Google had coded enough room for another digit. Google had, but Apple hadn’t, and the zeroes on his iPhone were replaced with an ellipsis. In the latest iOS update, Apple added room for the fifth digit. “They felt totally relieved,” Vogt said. The person has since accrued a hundred thousand unread e-mails. Apple hadn’t thought of that, and the ellipsis had returned.

As noted in the article, yesterday was Email Forgiveness Day, in which you are allowed to skip responding to those awkward emails that sit in your inbox forever.

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1 reply

  1. Hard to resist commenting on the obligatory P.C. post about the ‘benefits’ of bicycle commuting. Unlike a few booming firms in Silicon Valley, most employers cannot afford to provide shower / locker facilities. Look forward to stinky cubicle mates, people!

    The email overwhelmed editor gives me mixed feelings. If his “IT experts” didn’t give him adequate inbox filtering facilities, shame on them. If he didn’t use them, or worse, encouraged non-work related email communications to his business email then What A Doofus! Certainly ‘less critical’ communication could use the FB/Twitter route or other email accounts for ‘deferred attention’.