Art of Transit 1:
For those who need a lift to their next poisoning, disemboweling or long, serious walk/conversation in a darkened corridor.
Meh. I’m more of a “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” person.
Art of Transit 2:
From the Department of Pop Culture: While on the subject of HBO, I tried to watch “Jurassic World” the other evening. I made it 57 minutes before declaring it the Very Worst Movie of All Time, made even worse by the fact that the entire cast — children included — were not consumed by the dinosaurs.
The fact that the director of this movie (actually it’s an extended commercial for several products) has been tapped to direct Star Wars’ ninth episode is extremely troubling. You’ve been warned, Metro riders and stakeholders! On the plus side, we’re only 14.5 months from the release of “War of the Planet of the Apes.”
Surfboards allowed on the Expo Line (Santa Monica Daily Press)
I get a lot of email from riders and potential riders — and not a single one has inquired about taking a surfboard on trains. That hasn’t stopped reporters from asking the question and the answer is that, yes, they’re allowed as along as they don’t block aisles, cause safety problems and there’s room, so says Metro officials.
To put another way: if the train is crowded, you and your board have to wait 12 minutes for the next train. Something to chew on. Or you could go online and find a beater van.
The same official says that Metro will update its Customer Code of Conduct to better clarify the rules since this issue has not henceforth been an issue (although the Blue Line arrived in Long Beach in 1990, albeit a distance from any potential surf spots).
The 261-unit building will sit on the empty lot on the western side of the parking structure — just north of the train platforms and a stone’s throw from the nifty new Station Square Park. The original development slated for the site fell through courtesy of the Great Recession, so this is good news to see something happening. Urbanize reports that it will be done in 2018.
The situation: a six-mile stretch of highway sandwiched between three-lane stretches of highway. So Texas transpo officials paved the shoulders on six-mile stretch and opened them to traffic to help with the chokepoint. Early data shows that traffic initially flowed much better and has since slowed somewhat — but is still moving better than with the original bottleneck.
As Wired points out, we live in a time when many people take an automatic stance against highway projects, alleging that they will only attract more traffic. And yet, we also have some old roads and old chokepoints that, I think, deserve some upgrades in order to work better and be safer much of the time.
Here’s a bus ride that will leave you spinning (Boston Globe)
For those who have wished they could take a spin class whilst transiting on a bus.
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