The art of transit

photo by Steve Hymon/Metro

An Expo Line test train perched on the La Cienega station structure, taken a couple of weeks ago. The photo was taken with a Nikon 5100 DSLR and I gave the photo a color boost in iPhoto.

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.

Update on federal transportation bill

Metro’s government relations provided the agency with the following update late Tuesday. The multi-year bill provides considerable funding for transit agencies across the nation:

Today, the U.S. Senate continued debate on amendments related to S. 1813, also known as MAP-21. It is expected that the Senate will vote on final passage of the bill tomorrow. The bill will fund surface transportation projects through 2013 at a cost of $109 billion. Due to an agreement in the Senate, the bill will not be sent over to the House for consideration, ensuring a conference committee between the two chambers. The U.S. House of Representatives is in recess this week. The House leadership expects to work on their surface transportation bill (HR 7) in a yet-to-be determined form when they come back to Washington next week. Metro’s federal team is actively engaging with our congressional delegation, especially as the current surface transportation extension expires on March 31, 2012.

Video: the greening of L.A.

This video comes from the office of Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Antonio Villaraigosa. With Los Angeles the largest city in L.A. County, the video also features Los Angeles’ expanding bike lane program and some of the ongoing efforts by Metro to expand and go green.

The Gold Line’s Mission Station in South Pasadena is also shown in the video. If you haven’t been out that way, it’s worth the 15-minute ride from downtown — and there’s a very good farmer’s market next to the station on Thursday afternoon and evenings.

Destinations Discounts

The latest are below and here’s the list of the many businesses that provide discounts to those with Metro tickets and passes.

CITIES RESTAURANT

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The art of transit

photo by David C. Cook, via Flickr creative commons

The photo was taken in 1969. Go ahead and guess the location of this bus stop. Answer after the jump. Hint: It was not taken in North America.

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.

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Transportation headlines, Tuesday, March 13

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.

Residents want a reduce Bergamot Transit Village (Santa Monica Daily Press)

A coalition of neighborhood groups held a protest outside Santa Monica City Hall on Monday, imploring city officials to reduce the size of the planned commercial and residential development next to a future Expo Line stop. Their big complaint: traffic is bad enough in the area without adding 325 or more residential units amid a 766,000-square-foot development. As one critic says, housing in the area is in short supply — meaning many workers have to commute to their jobs in Santa Monica. Which, of course, is also a pretty good argument for building as many residential units as possible.

Transit agencies have a powerful story to tell legislators (Welcome to the Fast Lane)

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood uses new national transit ridership stats — 2011 was the second-highest transit ridership year since 1957 — to argue Congress needs to pass a long-term transportation spending bill. Excerpt:

The benefits of transit are enormous. Transit helps connect Americans with jobs, education, medical services, groceries, and more.  It helps us spend more time with our families, avoid the stress of driving in traffic, lighten the burden on our congested roadways, lower our dependence on fossil fuels, and reduce our carbon emissions. And, for the many Americans who don’t drive, transit provides the only way to get where they need to go.

APTA’s ridership study tells us that Americans need and want public transit. But FTA, APTA, and transit agencies across the country can’t meet the current and growing demand for transit services unless Congress passes a long-term transportation plan.

 

The above chart also makes a compelling argument that transit ridership is tied to both gas prices and employment.

Bike thief (New York Times)

Filmmaker and cyclist Casey Niestat has had his share of bikes stolen during his time living in New York City. Click above to watch his film in which Niestat steals his own bike several times to demonstrate how few people are willing to stop a bike theft in the Big Apple. He finally gets caught — after dozens of people ignore him. Great video.