Art of Transit:
A couple of views below of construction of the cut-and-cover section of the Crenshaw/LAX Line that will run from Crenshaw Boulevard and 59th Street to just west of the intersection of Crenshaw and 67th.
This section — known as “UG3” is not as deep underground as the one-mile rail tunnels on the northern section of the line below Crenshaw between Exposition Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.
Construction continues to go well. In other project news, the wood framing has been completely removed for the bridge over the 405 freeway.
Photos by Joe Lemon/Metro.
Art of Transit 2:
From NASA’s Flickr page: The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
There is a total solar eclipse coming April 8, 2024 but not in these parts. Lucky for me: one of my best buddies lives outside Indianapolis and I’ve already secured an invitation to the Big Show!
What a weird traffic pattern. pic.twitter.com/3ovqKogqKo
— KB (@dicktoblerone) August 21, 2017
Art of Transit 3:
Expect to see more law enforcement on Metro buses and trains this coming year — similar to the recent “surge” on the Blue Line in the spring. Excerpt:
During a five-week enforcement surge from March 20 to April 21 on the Blue Line from downtown L.A. to Long Beach, sheriff’s deputies and Metro security warned 3,280 people, cited 55 and ejected 2,064.
There were 681 incidents of riders taking up excessive space, second only to people eating and drinking, at 745. Other infractions included: sleeping on a bench, 554; playing loud music, 275; offensive behavior, 116 and other, 572.
With ridership down at transit agencies across the Southland, the concern is that safety concerns and uncomfortable rides will drive riders back to cars or other ways of getting around.
The issue I probably encounter more often than others: playing music, video games or videos out loud instead of using headphones. Which is the exact reason last year I invested in noise-canceling headphones. Which I Highly Recommend.
In the Miami area, significant cuts to bus and rail service will be implemented this fall with ridership down and officials pointing to the fact that many riders seem to prefer taking Uber, Lyft and other cheap taxis.
But one transit activist says that’s a big pile of smelly baloney. Excerpt:
“However, Viciedo says there’s a chicken-and-egg question in that assumption. The influx of Uber and Lyft hasn’t resulted in lower public transit ridership, she believes; rather, the poor quality of public transit has forced commuters to resort to ridesharing services.
“There’s just no data to support the county’s belief that Uber and Lyft are taking away transit riders,” she argues. “It’s more that they simply haven’t provided a service that people can confidently use to get around.”
I mostly concur. I think the fact that Uber, Lyft, etc., are willing to lose bundles of money to keep their cheap taxis cheap isn’t helping transit ridership. Also, they offer door-to-door convenience with short wait times because a lot of drivers are willing to work for cheap and drive their cars into the ground.
That said, there’s no doubt transit agencies could focus on faster, frequent service that will mostly be cheaper than the cheap taxis. As for how long the cheap taxis remain cheap, stay tuned. History suggests that even money trees wither and fall at some point.
It’s years away but 70-story downtown tower could change L.A. skyline and ‘relationship with vertical living’ (LAT)
More about the skyscraper proposed at 11th and Olive in DTLA. Real estate reporter Roger Vincent says it’s part of a new trend of residential skyscrapers in So Cal; in the past, skyscrapers have mostly been the domain of offices. Excerpt:
Downtown has about 500,000 daily workers and 70,000 residents, suggesting more potential housing demand among people tired of commuting, said Lall, president of the Central City Assn.
Plus, DTLA continues to get interesting with more of the amenities you would have previously found outside DTLA (you know, grocery stores, etc). Still no Apple store in DTLA. Not that I think you need one to survive, but I think Apple Stores are a kind of economic indicator species.
There are rumors that Apple is on its way to Broadway.
One other note: the skyscraper is supposed to have 794 residential units and “Parking for 888 vehicles and 886 bicycles would be provided.” That’s a ratio not seen so often in the past.
Things to read whilst transiting: In the New Yorker, reporter Elizabeth Kolbert asks “who owns the internet?” Facebook, Google and Amazon have managed to grab a huge chunk of all online revenue by relying largely on content created by others. How long will that last? Somewhat disturbing article good for long bus and train rides.
Dept. of Local Media:
For those reading about latest LAT turmoil, the phrase "local news" is absent from article. https://t.co/i52q4fMGpM
— stevehymon (@stevehymon) August 21, 2017
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