Go Metro…to the NHL playoffs! The Kings play the Sharks at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday in a big first round matchup. Pico Station — shared by the Blue Line and Expo Line — is a very short stroll to Staples Center. We like the Kings and their superior defense in six games. We also predict that the Ducks will lose to Nashville in seven. More here about going Metro to sportsing events.
Go Metro to the L.A. Rams (beginning in August): As described by the NFL..
The terms are as follows: Tennessee gets: Rams‘ first-round pick (2016), two second-round picks (2016), a third-round pick (2016), a first-round pick (2017) and another third-round pick (2017).
The NFL is all about smart drafting. If it works, the Rams will have an easier time selling expensive seats in Inglewood in 2019. If it doesn’t work (the more likely scenario, I think), this probably gives the Titans — who already have a QB — a shot at the Super Bowl within five years while guaranteeing that it may be a long while until the Rams have a team that can get past divisional rival Seattle in the standings and go deep in the playoffs.
Art of Transit 1: A steam engine owned and operated by the San Bernardino Rail Historical Society is parked at Union Station today (the California Passenger Rail Summit is being held in L.A. this week). You can best see the engine from platform 13 and check the Society’s Facebook page for departure info. A couple of pics I took yesterday:
Art of Transit 2: Well, that went well 🙂
At a temple overlooking the oft-congested 405, Metro CEO Phil Washington spoke to community members from synagogues and churches about Metro’s potential ballot measure and plans for Westside projects.
Attendees shared stories about 405-related congestion and its hindrance to crosstown visits to friends, cultural landmarks and places of worship.
“My friend couldn’t get to a funeral for someone he loved dearly because of traffic on the 405. He literally turned around and went home,” Jerry Goldstein, a Leo Baeck member, said.
Among the Westside and San Fernando Valley projects in the potential ballot measure: an acceleration of the Purple Line Extension subway to Westwood by 2024-26, a bus rapid transit project over the Sepulveda Pass and an eventual rail line across or under the pass.
The lanes will run between Union Station and 1st Street, providing better access between LAUS and Little Tokyo and the Civic Center. As Joe Linton notes, the current bike lanes have a number of conflict points between bikes and vehicles. The city of L.A. says the work will be done by the time Metro’s bike share program opens in DTLA this summer.
Total taxi trips are down by 33 percent over the past three years and trips planned in advance are down 42 percent, so says city of Los Angeles records. The number of taxi drivers has also dropped 14 percent. But no taxi companies have gone out of business as a result.
Obviously Uber and Lyft tend to be cheaper rides than taxis. The question to be seen: will ride hailing stay cheaper than taxis or will costs associated with putting a lot of miles on cars in urban settings catch up to them and consumers?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will use his State of the City address to call for the hiring of new planners to help update the many community zoning plans that haven’t been updated for years. Older plans are often thought to be one reason that developers so often seek (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) exemptions from the current guidelines.
The big question: whether new community plans will promote density and larger buildings in places it makes sense (such as near transit) or whether they will clamp down on larger structures, which some activists and residents accuse of causing more traffic.
What early digital commentators missed is that even if we can work from anywhere, that does not mean we want to. We strive for places that allow us to share knowledge, to generate ideas, and to pool talents and perspectives. Human aggregation, friction, and the interaction of our minds are vital aspects of work, especially in the creative industries. And that is why the quality of the physical workplace is becoming more crucial than ever — bringing along watershed changes.
The authors must not have to sit in meetings where people talk just for the sake of talking whilst enjoying the sound of their own voices and alleged wisdom. The article also predicts more dynamic work places where we can work in even closer proximity to colleagues. #barf #pleaseclosemydoor #apeswillrule
Or to put it another way, these authors don’t seem to believe that telecommuting will be reducing traffic any time soon.
MetroCard design ideas sought by New York MTA (amNewYork)
Instead of the swipe-able cards, the MTA looks headed toward using a tappable card and/or smart phones to pay fares.
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