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During his campaign for Los Angeles Mayor in 2005, Antonio Villaraigosa called for building the subway to the sea. It was a popular idea, albeit one that lacked one penny of funding. In my former job — covering City Hall for the LAT — it was often quite fun to remind the mayor and his staff of this small inconvenience any time they got too mouthy about the subway.
Ultimately, however, Villaraigosa produced. Measure R was approved by county voters in 2008 and provided the funding needed to extend the subway for nine miles to Westwood (Measure M supplies the money to accelerate the project so that it’s done by 2024-26 instead of 2036). That, I think, was a monumental achievement. There just wasn’t — and still is not — the funding or political support to extend the subway west of the VA Hospital.
So that’s the history, in a small nutshell. Urbanize’s Scott Frazier takes a deep but readable dive into ridership data and other factors and concludes:
Beyond that, the question appears to be whether the Purple Line does anything that Expo can’t do, and whether Los Angeles can support two lines connecting downtown Los Angeles and the beach. I would argue that the answer is yes to both questions. The east-west travel demand in this part of town is enormous and diverse. Though the end points are similar, each line serves areas separated by several miles and likely to develop distinct ridership bases.
To me, the more relevant issue is that the Expo Line may actually be ill-equipped to handle expected traffic if the final Purple Line segment is not completed. By the early 2030s, the Sepulveda Line will likely be open between the Expo and Orange Lines. When that happens, the Expo/Sepulveda station will turn into a pressure point with the potential to regularly overwhelm Expo’s capacity.
Good points. And I would add that the Crenshaw/LAX Line — projected to open in 2019 — will also add ridership to the Expo Line given that Crenshaw’s northern terminus will be the Expo/Crenshaw Station.
As for the subway going west of Westwood…time will tell if the support materializes. The reality is that with all L.A. County residents paying Metro sales taxes, transit projects are being built around the county, as I think is appropriate.
That said, I do think there is one urgent issue with the subway. That last station will be in front of the VA Hospital, about a half-mile from the many residences and businesses just west of Federal Avenue. I do think that with Measure M accelerating the subway, it’s important right now to plan on getting people to that station whether by bus, bike, foot or car.
Cities, suburbs are requiring too much parking at TODs, study says (Washington Post)
The study is from Smart Growth America, a group that advocates for (among other things) more transit and less autocentric policies. The gist: five residential developments next to transit were found to have too much parking while also producing at least 30 percent fewer car trips.
Why? Perhaps because the residents lived near transit or in neighborhoods with plenty of ways to get around.
It’s an important topic because critics have often said that adding density near transit results in more traffic. That, IMHO, doesn’t quite tell the whole story as such developments may result in more walkable neighborhoods, more housing closer to the city center and, yes, more people to ride transit.
All things to keep in mind because these type of issues may soon be coming to a ballot near you!
Don’t forget to look at the pics.
Among the issues found by this reddit user and commenters: cars (read: a Hummer) using more than one space, cars parked in motorcycle spaces and none of the permit spots coming available after 10 a.m. There are also pics of some cars receiving citations for using the permit spaces without having a permit.
And, yes, there is some of the adult type language you’d expect to find on a reddit post about the frustrations involved in not being able to find parking when you’re trying to do a good thing and take transit. 🙂
As some of you may know, the Metro Board in December approved the next phase of the agency’s parking fee program. That will bring a $3 daily fee for daily parking at the Red Line’s NoHo and Universal City stations later this year. See the below chart:
The idea of the parking fee is to help free up spaces so there will always be some available at all times of day. You need to have a valid TAP card to qualify for the fee; that’s designed to discourage people from using Metro parking lots who aren’t taking transit.
Sound Transit and King County Metro strengthening procedures on service disruptions associated with protest activity (Sound Transit/King County Metro news release)
Officials at Seattle-area transit agencies say they are putting protocols in place to ensure that there’s a sound reason to shut down transit service — a reason beyond stymying a protest. Police asked for light rail to the Seattle airport to be halted because, police said, they were trying to get crowd control measures in place. The CEO of Sound Transit ordered the service to be restored once he found out what was going down.
From the KUOW article:
Some found rides. Some waited for buses.
And some, including Amy Gore of Seattle, walked the 45 minutes to the airport to express their First Amendment right to assemble and protest.
“Public transportation belongs to everyone, and it shouldn’t be used as a way to limit access or silence dissent,” Gore said.
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