Transportation headlines, Tuesday, May 22


Kings fans ride the Expo Line back towards La Cienega Station on Saturday. The mood was subdued after the Kings' failed to clinch a trip to the Stanly Cup Finals. They'll have another chance tonight at 6 p.m. Photo by Carter Rubin/Metro.

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Ten to 20 percent jump in Metro riders to downtown over the weekend (L.A. Daily News)

I happy to see I wasn’t the only one who took Metro downtown this weekend to avoid the sports-induced traffic snarl. This Daily News piece quotes Metro staff estimating a 10 to 20 percent boost in ridership over the weekend, with particularly high boardings at 7th Street/Metro Center and Pico stations — the two closest to Staples Center and the finish of the Amgen Tour of California.

Price Points: Music, transit and revival (Spacing Vancouver)

Former Vancouver, B.C., City Councilman Gordon Price — an instrumental figure in that city’s transit-oriented renaissance — was recently on an urban planning tour of Los Angeles. He filed this report on Mariachi Plaza, home to a a Metro Gold Line station. Price highlights the cultural significance of the plaza — and how it encourages people to gather and linger — before deeming it the “the best new public space I saw on a study tour of L.A.”

Area around Santa Monica’s first Expo Stop begins taking shape (Santa Monica Lookout)

With Expo Phase 2 only a few years away, the city of Santa Monica is taking strides to add housing and jobs around Bergamot Station, the easternmost station within the city boundaries. It’s an intriguing case for urban planners, because the station’s environs include several old industrial buildings bounded by very long blocks — not necessarily conducive to vibrant pedestrian environment you’d want around a transit station. What’s a city to do? The Santa Monica Planning Commission, notes the Lookout, is considering a suite of zoning changes for the station area to facilitate certain new developments and proposing the implementation of more bike- and pedestrian-friendly street designs.

New parking meter system goes into effect (Downtown L.A. News)

The city of L.A. is undertaking an effort to free up more curbside parking spaces by varying the price of parking according to the demand for that given location and time of day. After all, we let the market dictate the price of most scarce goods — why not parking too? The eye-grabber is that parking fees could go up to $6 per hour, but that’s the whole point: encourage those who want long-term parking to use a parking lot, so that curb parking stays available for those who need to make short trips.

Here’s a video from the city explaining the parking program:


11 replies

  1. I saw people bringing aboard their bicycles that just took up so much space onboard. I think bringing bicycles on board the train needs to be banned from the system. I felt bad for the other passengers who were trying to get on at other stations but had to pass up and wait for another one because the train was too full.

  2. “Took the train” – There are specific cars on the train for Bicycles, Strollers and larger Luggage. It’s a shame you ran into some people who are unaware of this and/or have poor ridership.

  3. I’ve ridden twice and while I didn’t have a bicycle I didn’t notice these specific cars. Are they well marked?

    Go Kings!!!

  4. I actually had some very aggressive type bicycle person tell me on the EXPO I was in his space. His bike was rather large and was blocking the door. This is even a problem on Metrolink. Metrolink should have the easiest fix. All the spare cars they can be modified into a bike AND baggage car. It needs to be announced and enforced. As for light rail , much harder, but the front car where the operator can see what is going on needs to be modified for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers- which are becoming a worse problem at times than bikes. Otherwise, 1 bike per car or something . What does the rest of the world do ?

  5. @mark r. johnston

    The rest of the world doesn’t allow bikes on the trains. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS. The space that gets eaten up by bikes can be better used to fill in more people. More people = more revenue. Bikes add no revenue.

  6. In HK, bicycles are absolutely forbidden aboard the MTR (subway). They just take too much space and they are a hazard to other commuters.

    In Singapore, they allow foldable bicycles only and they’re strict about the folded size.

    Basically, transit in Asia isn’t bicycle friendly which is understandable because there’s just too many people using mass transit that bringing bicycles on board just adds more congestion problems onboard. You do have a dedicated bicycle parking area at most stations though. Over here, it seems to be free car parking. Over there, it’s free bicycle parking.

  7. Mark, that’s exactly the type of bicyclists that I saw as well. They block the doors, refusing to budge like they own the place. People couldn’t board or get off from that door because of this guy’s bike. He didn’t care the least bit that his bike with so many protruding parts were annoying other passengers standing space. He was simply self-centered like he has the right to bring aboard his bike and make other passengers deal with it.

    I think they need to apply the same no bicycle policy here as elsewhere in the world. Bikes just eat up too much space for other passengers at other stations to get on and off. They’re annoying, dirty, and dangerous to other passengers.

  8. I saw cars on the road taking so much space on the way to the station. Single person drivers occupying huge vehicles. Cars should be banned from the road as they clog up the roads and hold up traffic. Only buses and bicycles should be allowed. And that gigantic waste of a parking structure should be replaced with one only for bicycles. I felt bad for all the families arriving in the parking structure in a single vehicle when there were so many single person drivers taking up parking spaces. Cars should not be allowed to exist. Everyone should be required to take buses or bicycles.

  9. @Took the Train 2

    Buy a scooter. Smaller and more fuel efficient than a car, faster than a bicycle, cheaper than public transit. Problem solved.

  10. Doubt people will be “required” (what is this, Soviet Russia? No freedom to choose alternatives?) to take the bus with the way Metro does their fare structure. It’s just not cost competitive for shorter trips.

    Much like no one is stupid enough to pay $1.50 for a single M&M, no one will be willing to pay $1.50 for a mile of ride on the bus.