A lot of noise over the Expo Line (L.A. Times)
Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park might seem to be an endless spring of opposition to the Expo Line, but one pair of neighborhood residents says it’s just a very vocal minority. Karen Leonard and Sarah Hays have spent weekends interviewing their neighbors about Expo – they’ve talked to more than half of Cheviot Hills 1,400 households – only to discover that the majority of residents are either for or have no strong opinion about the Expo Line passing through their suburban ‘hood.
Amid discussions about raising fares (currently 25 cents) for the short funicular ride in Downtown L.A., Angels Flight officials have decided to drop the fare to a penny on New Year’s Eve to commemorate the rail line’s opening on December 31, 1901. No decision has been made on whether or not to increase fares in 2011, but a new donation box is being installed in hopes of finding a way to close a $125,000-budget gap. If you haven’t taken a ride on Angel’s Flight, it’s a fun trip back to yesteryear (and up to California Plaza) and it’s an easy walk from the Pershing Square Metro Rail station.
Best Careers 2011: Urban Planner (U.S. News and World Report)
College students, are you still undeclared? Well maybe you should consider urban planning, U.S. News and World Report has chosen the vocation as one of the 50 best careers of 2011. The field is expected to grow by 19% in 2018 and the median salary is $61,820. Got your bachelor’s degree in something else? That’s actually a plus, as a master’s degree is usually required for planning jobs and a diverse background is welcomed. Go ahead and mention that you read The Source on your application.
Huge Projects Planned for Downtown Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mirror)
Expo is coming to town and Santa Monica is getting ready in a big way. Plans are underway in downtown Santa Monica for new parks, improvements to existing infrastructure and the creation of new bicycling amenities. In addition to bringing thousands of people into Santa Monica, officials hope that the Expo Line will also change local residents mode choices – shifting from the car to taking the train, cycling and walking.
Human Transit: toward aggregated information? (Trillium Solutions)
Jarret Walker has a post about the future of agency trip planners – namely that in the future they will be replaced by aggregate services like Google Transit. Aaron at Trillium Solutions offers a lengthy but smart response, summarizing the benefits of aggregate planners (“less expensive for the agency”) and the benefits of agency planners (better access to trip data for analysis). Personally, I’ve already made the full switch to Google Transit.