Council approves DASH and Commuter Express fare increase (Los Angeles Times)
The L.A. City Council tentatively approved a plan to increase DASH fares from 25 cents to 50 cents over the next year, with various Commuter Express fares also going up. The city is trying to boost revenue from its transit lines and also plans some service cuts. This is also part of a larger trend: fare increases have been taking place at transit agencies across the nation amid the great recession and its shrinking ridership, revenue and funding.
City bans shopping carts (The City Fix)
The City Council in Sydney, Australia, voted to do away with the carts as a way to encourage shoppers to make smaller purchases that they could bike or walk home with. In the Council’s view, carts make it too easy to load up a car with goods. The blog points out that however well-intended the cart ban, it’s not going to work unless more groceries are located in pedestrian- and/or transit-friendly locales.
Ask a train operator (New York Times)
The City Room blog has posted a three-part mini-series in which readers quiz a Big Apple subway operator — mostly about readers’ various irritations with the subway. One good question involves why public address announcements from the operator are garbled or unintelligible. The operator’s response: it’s mostly the equipment’s fault. And why do express trains leave a station just as local trains are arriving– thus denying people a chance to transfer? Schedules must be kept. Ah.