Brian captured this image of a big empty street with his iPhone, using the Hipstamatic app. Go ahead and take a guess where this one was taken — the city’s name is after the jump. Hint: mull on that word ‘empty.’
Due to maintenance work beginning at 8:30pm, northbound trains to Los Angeles will operate 3 minutes later than regular schedule. Northbound trains to LA will depart LB Transit Mall at 8:44pm, 9:04pm, 9:24pm and every 20 minutes until 11:24pm, then regular service.
During this time, trains in both directions will share the northbound Los Angeles track at Imperial/Wilmington, 103rd St, and Firestone stations. Please check train destination signs and announcements before boarding.
Dates: today only.
Due to maintenance work after 8pm, inbound trains to Union Station may be delayed 1-2 minutes.
During this time, trains will share ONE track at Universal City Station. Please check train destination signs and platform announcements before boarding.
Dates: today only.
Due to construction the listed line will be on detour between Pioneer Blvd. & 183rd St.
Eastbound/Southbound Only: Regular route to Pioneer Blvd. and 178th St., then continue via Pioneer Blvd. to (R) 187th St., (L) Gridley Rd. and regular route.
Dates: today only.
Due to street paving the listed line will be on detour between Evergreen St. and Centinela Ave.
Clockwise: Regular route to Eucalyptus Ave. and Beach Ave. then continue via Beach Ave. to (L) Hyde Park Blvd., (R) La Cienega Blvd., (R) Centinela Ave., (L) Beach St. and regular route.
The overall feedback from readers? The majority (72%) agree that it’s worth inconveniencing the private car to encourage more alternatives.
A smaller percentage (26%) think that we should invest in more transportation alternatives – but not at the expense of cars. Of course, that begs the question: is it possible to make alternatives attractive when policy makes driving super convenient?
Only 2% feel that the U.S. way is the automobile, and it’s best to leave it that way.
Of course, our readership is biased – according to our Reader Survey, over 70% of our readers are regular transit riders. Opinions may vary on L.A. hot rod enthusiast blogs.
The poll is still open, so please feel free to add your two cents. And after the jump, a few highlighted comments from readers.
The chat will be online from noon to 1 p.m. with a link on the Metro homepage.
Answering your questions about the 53-hour closure on the weekend of July 16-17 will be Doug Failing, Metro’s Executive Director of Highway Projects, and K.N. Murthy, Executive Director of Transit Project Delivery for Metro.
Here’s a recent news release about the chat. The closure — as I’m sure you’re aware by now — is being done for the partial demolition of the Mulholland Bridge as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.
A Metro rider loads his bike on the Orange Line. Photo by Nate Baird, via Flickr.
Metro staff on Monday issued two interesting studies that attempt for the first time to quantify how many people are using bikes to access the Orange Line busway and Metro Rail. The studies also try to estimate the amount of greenhouse gases not being emitted because of people using bikes to reach Metro.
[UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. Please read the rest of this post, but also please leave a comment with any suggestions for Metro about helping cyclists get around].
The studies aren’t perfect — they’re based on surveys that had some limitations. But the studies are significant because in the past there hasn’t been any kind of real numbers on the relationship between bikes and Metro bus and rail service. The info the agency had was either anecdotal or very broad — estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau on the number of people who commute by bike in L.A. County.
The studies offer a mixed bag of good and bad news. On the plus side, over the course of a year, there are more than a million boardings by cyclists on Metro Rail. On the minus side, the amount of greenhouse gases spared by people pedaling to Metro instead of driving all the way to work are paltry compared to the overall number of vehicles on the road.
On both counts, there seems to be room for improvement. I don’t think cities around Los Angeles County have done much to help cyclists access the Orange Line or Metro Rail. Metro staff writes that there seems to be enough cyclists out there to warrant spending money on bike facilities to help people access Metro and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A few highlights taken from the studies:
•Approximately 1.2 million boardings on Metro Rail annually are by bicyclists (representing 1.3 percent of all annual rail trips).
•Bicycle-rail trips replace approximately 322,000 motor vehicle trips and reduce 3.96 million vehicle miles traveled each year, offsetting approximately 2,152 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) annually. This would be equivalent to taking 422 motor vehicles off the road.
•Men greatly outnumber women when it comes to using bikes to reach Metro.
•Bicyclists are universally using the Metro Rail system, with bicyclists report starting or ending their rail trip at 71 out of 73 Metro Rail stations surveyed.
Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.
And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use the Customer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.
Remember to tag your tweet pics with #artoftransit. This one is courtesy of @inc1979.