Don’t mess with Ohio, people! Dodger Stadium Express info for those who want to avoid the driving/parking thing.
Things to read while sitting/standing/stuck on transit: Fun piece in the NYT on genetic testing that seemingly proves Warren Harding had a rich and fruitful extracurricular life. Question: does anyone know if the White House closet mentioned in the article still exists? Wait! I should tweet the White House!
Noteworthy tweets of the day:
Answer: The info that Google needs is provided to them by Metro once the line is open to the public.
Newsflash!: Metro hires a permanent Chief Operations Officer and other staff announcements from CEO Phil Washington. Here’s the news release:
Art of Transit (even meteors need to get around!), from Andrés Nieto Porras via Flickr creative commons:
And Happy World Lizard Day! If you can manage to get a photo of a lizard on/at a Metro facility today, tweet us and I’ll declare you the greatest transit rider in world history on the blog next week!
South Pasadena residents voice opposition to cycle track (South Pas Review)
Residents complain the protected bike lane would cost them too much parking in this residential neighborhood near the South Pas Gold Line station. FWIW, a lot of the homes there already have driveways.
And there’s another obstacle to bike lanes in our region. I think there is plenty of room on some streets for things such as protected bike lanes — if you’re willing to sacrifice a parking lane. But asking residents to sacrifice parking — even when they already have it on their property — is often too steep an ask for cities and pols. #Sigh.
FWIW2: If the parking lane was sacrificed on Allen Avenue in Pasadena, a really nice bike lane could be constructed between the Gold Line’s Allen Station and the Huntington Library.
Rail bridge begins forming over 405 (Urbanize L.A.)
A look at the beginning of work on the bridge that will carry the Crenshaw/LAX bridge over the 405 freeway. I like it when Metro Rail or Metrolink can be seen from the freeway — a nice reminder to motorists stuck in traffic that there may be a transit alternative that works for them.
The Gold Line runs along a chronically constipated section of the 210 — and will traverse the eastbound lanes on an awesome bridge in Arcadia. Expo 2 runs adjacent to the 10 freeway for about a mile east of Culver City with Expo 1 crossing a traffic-gripped part of the 110 south of DTLA. The Green Line, of course, runs down the middle of almost the entire length of the 105 freeway and the existing Gold Line crosses the 710 in East L.A., the 5 just east of the L.A. River and the 110 three times.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District said that the environmental document for the SR-710 North Study didn’t adequately analyze carbon monoxide and air particle levels that would result from the freeway tunnel alternative and didn’t properly analyze cancer risks. The study was prepared by Caltrans with funding from Metro, via Measure R. The SCAQMD letter is being discussed today on AirTalk on KPCC.
Jetsons style transportation eyed in Boston (Boston Globe)
A company is proposing privately-financed solar-powered pods to whisk people around and they persuaded at least one pol to listen, which in Beantown is probably not a heavy lift. Never mind that it looks like an amusement park ride and doesn’t have much capacity. As for the Globe headline writer, he/she must never have watched the Jetsons in which the flying cars — not pods — did not require being hooked up to big metal rails. Correction/Clarification please, Boston Globe!
As for the Jetsons car, if it can be outfitted with a couple of kayak racks and there’s zero financing available and free fin changes for the first 100,000 miles, I’ll take one.
And before there was hip-hop, there was James Brown…have a great weekend!
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