Dept. of Houston
The rain keeps falling. Here’s a traffic map as of noon our time today. The Houston Metro has suspended regular service through Wednesday due to flooded roadways. Remarkably, the vast majority of people in Houston still have power — nowhere near the number that lost electricity during Hurricane Ike in 2008. The Houston Chronicle has extensive coverage of Harvey’s impacts on southeast Texas and neighboring Louisiana.
Art and Transit 1
— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) August 29, 2017
I’d say most underpasses need lighting upgrades and more patrols, too. Many of them are good disincentives to walking anywhere — whether to transit or anywhere else.
Art of Transit 2
This morning our officers stopped a doe for toll evasion, on the Bay Bridge. She said she usually pays it, but today she was a buck short. pic.twitter.com/KkkDJpn5Ck
— CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) August 29, 2017
Dept. of Culture
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) August 29, 2017
The court’s ruling, according to experts, might mean that local sales taxes could be approved by a simple majority instead of the current two-thirds required by Prop 218.
For example, Measure M needed 66.6 percent ‘yes’ votes to pass last fall. It got 71.15 percent.
And what does this mean in the real world? Not sure. Sales taxes in most of L.A. County are sitting at 9.25 percent and are higher in a few cities. With the gas tax increasing by 12 cents per gallon in November and vehicle registration fees increasing Jan. 1 — thanks to a bill by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Brown* — I’m not sure how many more taxes the public will tolerate, even if the spending is well intended or needed.
*The bill is supposed to supply about $5.2 billion annually for transportation infrastructure and for transit agencies in California.
UCLA assistant planning professor Michael Manville concludes that the potential benefits of congestion pricing — less traffic congestion, air pollution and better transit — would provide more benefits to low income people than the status quo.
As some Metro Bike Share customers in Pasadena may have realized by now, the city hasn’t done much to supply good east-west bike connections (north-south isn’t much better, IMHO). This 1.5-mile protected bike lane project — if fully built — would provide a corridor between Old Pasadena, the Civic Center, the Playhouse District and end nearish to PCC and Caltech.
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