Art of Tunneling
First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months. Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success. As mentioned in prior posts, once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket.
As Musk explained in the comments, the stretch of tunnel above is near company headquarters and runs east-west from near Crenshaw Boulevard and the 105 freeway to near the 105/405 junction. The tunnel would be used by “pods” that could travel between different destinations.
Attentive Source readers know that the Boring Co. is looking to build a system of tunnels across the L.A. area. A “proof of concept” tunnel between Culver City and near Sepulveda Boulevard and the Expo Line will soon be built. Metro plans to build a rail tunnel for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor in the area and officials from Metro and the Boring Co. met earlier this month to discuss both efforts.
Metro issued the following comment after the meeting:
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) May 1, 2018
Pretty interesting stuff. Obviously there are a lot of questions to be answered on both projects involving speed, capacity, funding, etc. Stay tuned!
Art of Mars Transit:
We’re sending a helicopter to Mars! Traveling onboard our #Mars2020 rover, this #Marscopter will test our capabilities for controlled flight in the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet and could pave the way for future uses across the solar system: https://t.co/uZFyRmUTgh pic.twitter.com/XlCP9xERub
— NASA (@NASA) May 11, 2018
Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express:
Those of you taking our freebie bus to this weekend’s games might want to see this:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 11, 2018
Always fun to see the flyover cities stake a claim in California. It goes both ways. As seen by a friend at Dodger Stadium last night:
That’s not the best pic. Here’s what it looks like when served up in The 513 (photo courtesy me):
The Reds won the series opener Thursday night and tonight dish up former Mets starter Matt Harvey. I look forward to watching it unfold from the nosebleeds and am predicting — sorry Dodger fans — a Reds series sweep, which will surely trigger their ascent to their rightful place atop the NL Central.
I was asked about the Reds gondola situation on Twitter. Long story short: they don’t need one because Great American Ballpark is an easy stroll from anywhere in downtown Cincy as well as Northern Kentucky via the beautiful John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, which opened in 1866 (photo courtesy me, bridge at left and ballyard at right).
Metrolink now has two stations serving the airport — the existing one on the Ventura County Line and the new one for trains running between Union Station, the northeast Valley, Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley. A shuttle bus will run between the new platform and the airport terminals, which are about a mile apart. The new airport terminal, when built, will be closer to the new platform btw.
Protected Bike Lane Workshop Draws Packed House to Meeting (Pasadena Now)
Will the city of Pasadena be able to build a protected bike lane on a one-way street in which traffic is not running at capacity? Stay tuned. This project for Union Street has been talked about for years and may — emphasis ‘may’ — be closer to actually getting built.
Lyft’s monthly subscription plan gets a waitlist (Tech Crunch)
The cost: $200 for 30 shared rides per month. It’s just a test at this point. Will be interesting to see if it makes cheap taxis even more popular or if most people prefer ordering them on an a la carte basis.
Love the bus, save your city (CityLab)
Laura Bliss writes:
But too many cities are ignoring what is arguably the cheapest and most flexible general-purpose option, which happens to be available already: the bus. Buses can carry large numbers of people in a compact amount of road space. They don’t require special rights-of-way (though that’s sometimes ideal). They can be deployed and rerouted as needed. Across modes, they’re the most affordable to cities in terms of capital costs, and often in terms of operations.
All good points. The trick, of course, is creating lanes for them and getting them through intersections more quickly — something Metro’s Vision 2028 Plan proposes to do. The public comment period for the plan is open, btw.
The decisions involved slowing down trains and trying to improve worker safety. Both, the NYT reports, had a ripple effect that sent delays throughout the system.
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