@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, July 24 edition

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, our roundup of the latest Metro related tweets. To get our attention, add the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets and subscribe to our feed if you haven’t already. For specific complaints and customer service, please use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net.

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Many more Tweets — some happy, some sad, some angry, some whimsical — are after the jump!

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Transportation headlines, Tuesday, July 24

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

The above document was created by city of Boston planners when discussing the effectiveness of different kind of bus lanes. Metro, of course, has several potential bus lane projects in the works — the Wilshire peak lanes and the possibility of bus lanes on several north-south streets in the San Fernando Valley. The Wilshire lanes, by the way, are against the curb.

There’s hope for the planet (New York Times)

Thirteen of the warmest years on record for the planet have occurred since 1998. The “hope” in this opinion piece stems from the fact that many economies have responded with massive investments in clean energy. However, the support of the federal government for clean technologies in the form of tax breaks and subsidies is falling — from $44 billion in 2009 to $16 billion this year and $11 billion in 2014. Hmm. As I’ve said before, one way to combat climate change is take mass transit.

With transit investments, a surge of dividends across America (Welcome to the Fast Lane)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reviews some of the State of Good Repair grants the Federal Transit Administration made last week. The gist of it: a lot of old buses are coming off the road to be replaced by newer, cleaner ones. Metro received $10 million to purchase new 40-foot buses powered by compressed natural gas; the agency no longer has diesel buses in its fleet.

New York MTA to sell ad space on fare cards (New York Times)

Everything but the black magnetic stripe on the cards is fare game in a move to raise revenue for the (always) financially-challenged agency. In this article, an artist muses about some of the firms that might be interested in selling their wares to transit patrons. Check it out — it’s a good for a laugh.

Timetables with late night hours are posted

The new late night timetable for the Red Line!

As some people in the Twitterverse discovered yesterday — thanks Carter! :) — the new timetables for Metro Rail and the Orange Line have been posted and they include the new late-night hours scheduled to begin this Friday night/Saturday morning.

Metro is extending the hours for Metro Rail service until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. In some cases, the last trains don’t roll until after 2 a.m. — for example, the last Expo Line train leaving 7th/Metro Center for Culver City departs at 2:12 a.m.

If you want to check the new timetables, the links are posted below.

Blue Line

Red Line / Purple Line

Green Line

Gold Line

Expo Line

Orange Line

Voice your opinion on Metro bus service at service council meetings

Want to have a say in Metro’s bus service? One of the best ways to do thatis to attend and participate in Metro monthly Service Council meetings.

Nearly10 years ago, the Metro Board created five regional service councils. Theywere formed to bring service planning closer to the people we serve and to make it more convenient for the public to be involved with service planning decisions for Metro bus service in their area. The five regions served by Metro service councils are:

Gateway cities (Southeast L.A. County)

San Fernando Valley

San Gabriel Valley

South Bay

Westside/Central

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Starting in August, we’ll post a story here on The Source every month highlighting some of the more interesting agenda items planned for each Council’s agenda. Each council meets on a monthly basis to receive various reports on Metro service issues, and to hear public input on service within each service council’s area.

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The art of transit

photo by downtowngal, via submission

This is a very cool photo. Explains downtowngal in an email:

This was taken on the Purple Line. It was really blurry but saved by
processing in Photoshop Elements with the Poster Edges filter, and
applying a color gradient. I think it expresses how a subway ride feels
late at night…

Just about any photo processing software now — including most for smartphones — allows you to do all sorts of neat effects that can turn a so-so photo in something pretty neat, such as the above. PS Elements has some nice filters (Elements, which I also use often, is the inexpensive version of Photoshop), as does iPhoto on Apple computers.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

Transportation headlines, Monday, July 23

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

MTA unveils digital art at Bleeker Street station (New York 1)

Check it out — there’s a video (sorry, couldn’t embed here). Interesting.

Seeing the train as a mobile office (The Atlantic Cities)

The article summarizes a new academic study that finds — no surprise here — that commuter and long-distance trains are a good place to get some work done, especially when there’s an Internet connection available. The bigger point this post strives to make is that while travel time is important, the ability to have high-quality time to travel and work simultaneously is something we should invest in.

Newton: Getting L.A. growing again (L.A. Times)

The paper’s editorial editor interviews a number of elected officials and influential people in the private sector and asks them how to give the local economy a jolt. One common answer: invest in infrastructure (namely transportation and rebuilding LAX) to create jobs, increase mobility and maybe take a bite out of some traffic.

Culver City opens its first bike corral (Culver City Bike Coalition)

Gone is a single parking space at Washington and Jean and in its place is enough parking to accommodate 10 bikes. I like these corrals — also saw them recently on Main Street in Santa Monica, where there is often a shortage of places to lock up a bike.

Students at summer science camp study the Expo Line

 

Science camps have come a long way since the days of making bottle rockets and building balsa wood bridges. The middle school students attending the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at USC this year were studying urban infrastructure, green technology and how to reduce congestion and pollution through light rail transit. As it so happened, the Expo Line was conveniently available for them to use as a case scenario.

A future urban transportation planner at work! This camper is at the computer programming his robot “train” for its run through the LEGO city.

The 48 campers from grades 6-8 spent two weeks analyzing the Expo Phase II Final Environmental Impact Report, studying the route alignment and designing their own cities and autonomous light rail vehicles. They also got the chance to go on excursions and see the science at work out in the field. Earlier this morning, the students presented their LEGO-made master cities, the robots they designed and programmed to run through those cities (see video posted above, and yes that is this year’s Festival of Books dinosaur in the background) and stated their findings and opinions on the Expo Line Phase II.

While the summer science camp ended today, the campers’ love of science and engineering continue on. Who knows, one of these kids could be designing a real rail system for Metro one day!