USC Students and Faculty Will Benefit from Expo Line (BrighamYen.com)
On a recent visit to Union Station’s Patsaouras Plaza to catch the FlyAway blogger Brigham Yen noticed a long line of USC students and faculty boarding a campus shuttle. While he was ashamed to witness the “slow and almost archaic” process USC students and employees were forced to go through just to make a car-free connection to the school, he does see a much brighter future thanks to the coming Expo Line. Metro’s newest light rail line with have a station that directly serves the USC campus – great news for the 36,000 students and 15,000 employees that call themselves Trojans. FYI: USC is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles.
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The True Cost of Gasoline: $15 Per Gallon (The City Fix)
Think $4/gallon gasoline is expensive? Well, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), that seemingly high price is actually discounted by over 70%. The true cost of gas, when you factor in all the hidden costs (including pollution and the health effects of pollution) is closer to $15/gallon. The video above, produced by CIR, uses clever animation and infographics to drive the point home.
L.A. Transit Paintjobs Of The Past: King Tut, Disneyland & Other Notable Livery (Primary Resources)
Metro’s current bus fleet is pretty iconic when it comes to color schemes: the vibrant orange for local buses and deep red for rapid buses really stand out amongst other transit agencies. But as the Metro Library has uncovered, L.A.’s transit history is filled with colorful buses. The library’s Flickr page now features a photo collection of special paint schemes for buses – including the unmissable King Tut bus, painted with Egyptian eyes to commemorate the the arrival of Egyptian antiquities to LACMA in the 1970’s.
10 Most Convenient Cities in America (The Street)
This top 10 list uses WalkScore data, transit data from the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and home value prices from real estate site Zillow. Convenience in this case is defined by the ability to live without a car and walk or take transit to amenities like jobs, schools, groceries and other necessities. That’s a definition of convenience I like. And guess what – Los Angeles makes the cut. Agree or disagree?
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