Part of the fun and excitement of joining The Source is that now the whole staff has more time to take on a more diverse range transit-related topics. In the coming weeks, I will be introducing two new recurring features for The Source.
The first will be a weekly roundup of transit agency news and blog posts from across North America — and sometimes beyond. My goal with this series is to keep readers of The Source abreast of how other cities are attempting to keep their residents mobile and how they tackle the challenges of doing so.
I’ll be keeping my eye out for, in particular, transit agency best practices in a wide range of areas: from fare media and transit information sharing, to network planning and community outreach. I’m currently compiling a list of blogs that I will be keeping tabs on, such as the Buzzer Blog at Vancouver’s TransLink and the US Department of Transportation’s Welcome to the Fastlane blog. If you know any good ones that The Source should be keeping an eye on, feel free to leave a comment and a link.
In the second feature, which I’m tentatively calling “Trailhead Hunter,” I will be writing a series of reviews of hiking and walking trails that can be reached by Metro. The L.A. area is somewhat notorious when it comes to the glaring lack of parks within walking distance of where people live. But we do have some of largest expanses of urban wilderness in the country in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains, among others. Continue reading