Reminder: Telephone Town Halls on the potential ballot measure begin tonight with Metro Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas talking to residents of Carson, Compton, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, the communities of South Los Angeles, Koreatown, and portions of West Los Angeles. More info here about calling in.
Things to read whilst transiting: Statistician and writer Nate Silver explains why his political predictions in 2016 aren’t quite as, uh, accurate as perhaps they could have been.
Things to read 2: Interesting back-and-forth between the NYT’s two film critics on the future of actually leaving the house to see a movie in theaters. As A.O. Scott neatly puts it:
“SCOTT Interesting that you bring up radio, a medium that, like the movies, is believed to be wobbling toward extinction, undone by streaming services and podcasting. Movies and radio are the twin progenitors of the modernity we inhabit. Radio got the world hooked on recorded music and the sounds of strangers’ voices in our private spaces. Movies begat our addiction to screens. And both seem to be in danger of being devoured by their offspring, by the power of the appetites they unleashed.”
Speaking of the radio, some music to help you Bridge the Hump:
Art of Transit:
As we’ve been noting, the demand for parking spaces at the Azusa stations for the Gold Line is greater than the supply. KPCC asks a new question: is this a sign of things to come for the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica?
Professor Juan Matute, associate director of UCLA’s Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies, said even if parking is tight around the stations, the travel patterns on the Expo Line will be different.
“It’s not necessarily an apples-to-apples comparison,” he said. More people will be arriving on the crowded westside as their destination, rather than having to park there to begin their journey.
The new Expo line will have a combined 544 parking spaces at three of the seven stops. Real estate around the new Expo stops, in denser, more urban west Los Angeles, is also more valuable and developed, making adding more parking unlikely.
The Expo Line has a combined 544 spaces at three of the seven new stations (please see this post for more info about parking at the three stations). The Gold Line extension has a little more than 1,500 spaces at its six new stations. Generally speaking, the density of residences and job jobs seems higher around the Expo Line stations.
The Expo Line also has a new bike path that parallels most of the extension, a really good network of bike lanes in Santa Monica and each station will have service from Big Blue Bus and/or Metro Bus lines. Unlike Azusa, there is not a big population of people living west of Santa Monica who will be wanting to use the train — unless I’m greatly underestimating our local mermaid population.
So we’ll see how the Expo Line shakes out. I’m guessing there will be a lot of people who live a mile or more from the train and will want to use it — and will have to find a way to get there sans automobile. Keep in mind, too, that the Purple Line Extension to Westwood is being built with no parking garages or lots, something which isn’t as weird as it may sound: many Metro stations already lack parking and there is no parking to be found at many busy transit stations spanning the globe.
UPDATE: A reader in the comment section raises a good point/question about those coming into Santa Monica from the north via PCH. Again, please see this post about obtaining a monthly parking permit at the three new Expo stations with parking. There are also a number of commercial parking garages around downtown Santa Monica, albeit they’re expensive. Metro’s 534 bus also runs on PCH every 20 to 30 minutes during peak hours and offers free transfers to the Expo Line.
One other note: the communities along PCH are vastly less populous than the ones east and south of the Gold Line in the San Gabriel Valley. There is considerable commuting traffic on PCH from those living in Ventura County and the western San Fernando Valley. If downtown L.A. is their destination, there is Metrolink service to Ventura County and the Orange Line/Red Line combo is available in the SFV.
Good question by Alissa Walker. Wild guess: perhaps no officials in charge of said beg buttons walk much. Read the very good article for more informed skepticism.
Related: I had to wait almost five minutes yesterday to get a ‘walk’ signal across the Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena to reach the Gold Line’s Del Mar Station. #NotAShocker
Further proof of my theory that cheap-o ride hailing services won’t last. The big reason they’re popular is because of the smartphone thing. The other reason: Uber and Lyft are cheaper than taxis.
But they’re cheap only because a number of people are willing to run their cars into the ground to earn a few bucks driving for them. It’s inevitable, I think, that the cost of ride hailing drivers will go up and that cost has to be passed along to customers.
Disclaimer: I once sympathized with a magazine colleague for being transferred to the magazine’s future-less website (see: “dumb things I said in 1993”) and I maintained for some time that no one would want to read a newspaper on a computer (see: “dumb things I said between 2000 and 2005”).
Recent How We Rolls:
May 3: Azusa parking situation, pedestrian woes, long airport lines.
May 2: Is L.A. still cartopia or cartopia lite?
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