Metro gets some rare screen time in the latest episode of CBS’ series “The Amazing Race.” The contestants are given the challenge of getting to LAX from downtown L.A. using public transportation. Union Station, 7th Street Metro Center, the Blue Line and the FlyAway all get starring roles. If you take away anything from the challenge, it should be that taking the FlyAway from Union Station is much faster than taking the Blue Line to Green Line to LAX Shuttle route.
The Planning Report has an excerpt from a discussion with Metro CEO Art Leahy at the Westside Urban Forum. Leahy talks about Measure R and its impact on the Westside (Subway to the Sea, Expo Line) as well as the challenges Metro faces distributing Measure R money in massive and competitive Los Angeles County. One interesting topic that’s brought up is the difference in transit operations now versus 20 years ago. While ridership of Metro buses is down a third of what it was then, Leahy reminds us that back then there was no rail and that the many municipal operators in the region have really bulked up their service.
The Daily Bruin has a story about how many UCLA students who commute to campus are growing tired of traffic and parking — and are now looking to public transit as an alternative. The majority of UCLA students commute and 25% of those students use public transit to get to school. UCLA offers subsidized bus passes for students and employees that can cut transit costs in half for commuters and saves the university money in the long run by reducing the need to build pricey parking garages.
Check out the rest of today’s headlines, compiled by the Metro Library, after the jump.
The Amazing Race: Season 16, Episode 1 (video : The first leg of the new season kicks off in Los Angeles, requiring 11 racing teams to get from downtown to LAX solely via public transportation)
The Bikeway Network (includes a collection of bikeway types illustrations)
China Sees Growth Engine In A Web Of Fast Trains
New York Times
The Future Of Cities In The Internet Era
Next American City
How To Properly Cross Rail Tracks On Your Bike
Is Privatization Inherently Bad, Or Just Botched?
Greater Greater Washington
Live Near A Freeway? Heart Disease Risk May Be Higher
Los Angeles Times
Metro CEO Art Leahy Talks Budget, Operations, Capital Projects
Monrovia To Explore Environmental Impacts Of Proposed Rail Maintenance Yard (for Metro Gold Line extension)
Officials Question MTA’s Spending On Protracted Legal Battle: The L.A. County Transit Agency Could Win About $15 Million In Damages From A 15-Year-Old Lawsuit Against Contractor Tutor-Saliba. The Agency Has Already Paid More Than Twice That In Legal Costs
Los Angeles Times
Olympic Transit System Hit With Bumps, Glitches
Olympics Host Vancouver Ranked World’s Most Liveable City (Los Angeles ranks 47th)
Ridley-Thomas Calls For Review Of Grade Crossing Policy
Should Ridership Data Be Online?
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