Transportation headlines, Wednesday, June 13

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.

Metro considering expanding night service on Gold Line (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

No details yet — Metro is working on a plan. But the recently-passed budget includes money to add service to the Gold, Blue and Expo Lines, as well as increase some bus service. The big question to be answered is whether trains run more frequently during their scheduled night-time hours or whether they run later. We’ll see.

Bicycle accommodations at the new Grand Park (LADOT Bike Blog)

The new 12-acre park in the heart of the Civic Center in downtown L.A. will have 12 bike racks that can handle three bikes apiece for a total of 36 bike parking spots, reports Bike Blog. The park will also be very easy to reach via the city of Los Angeles’ growing network of downtown bike lanes — see this CurbedLA post on the new Los Angeles Street bike lanes from Union Station — as well as the Red/Purple Line Civic Center station.

A rendering of the park, courtesy RCH Studios via LADOT Bike Blog.

Want to increase biking? Sharrows won’t cut it (Streetsblog)

A new L.A. County Bike Coalition study finds that sharrows are not a persuasive way of getting people to bike. Why? Because, well, they don’t do anything to relieve the stress of riding in traffic. Or, as I like to say, sharrows are usually a great way to make it look like a city is doing something when they’re doing nothing. More bike lanes, please.

2 replies

  1. Me thinks that a total of -=only=- 36 spaces of bike parking will anger the biking crowd. 12 locations with old school bike racks like these:
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    That can handle closer to 12 bikes each would be much, much better.

    YEAH for the GOLD line later service. Hopefully it will run late enough that someone can stay after a concert in Hollywood a decent amount of time and still get home to Pasadena via the Red -> Gold. Or could stay in the LBC partying at the Queen late and then ride home on the Blue to the Gold.