Wheels are rolling for a second ciclavia (blogdowntown)
CicLAvia is coming back to Los Angeles on April 10 and its 7.5-mile path will travel once again through the heart of downtown L.A. Blogdowntown takes this as a sign that the city center’s revitalization efforts are taking hold. With an even larger turnout expected — last October it drew 100,000 Angelenos — the Board of Police Commissioners is requesting more traffic police to coordinate street closures.
Feasibility of a South Vermont Subway Line (Wilshire/Vermont)
In Los Angeles there is a rich tradition of fantasy transit planning to which I have contributed my fair share. Today, I bring you a proposal for an extension of heavy rail down Vermont Avenue from the Red Line to the Green Line. The blog’s author makes the case that there is already high transit ridership along the corridor as well as a wide median that could be used for an aerial structure. That said, it bears noting that such a project is in the “tier 2” section of unfunded transit projects in Metro’s Long Range Plan. In other words, it’s a project that has a long way to go before ever getting built.
The publisher of The City Fix, EMBARQ, is working on a project to identify best practices in public transit agency branding. Writer Erik Weber gives a shout-out to Metro’s designers for maintaining “a unified brand so that the agency is easily recognizable to its customers and other stakeholders.” Auto companies spent $21 billion on branding in 2009, so it can be a real challenge for transit agencies to get their services easily identifiable.