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.
Good morning, folks. Headlines is back after a short break. I’ll probably need a couple of days to catch up on the latest news from transpo-world that I think is worthy of your attention. In the meantime, let’s begin with everyone’s favorite topic…TAP cards!
The latest Metrolink TAP solution (L.A. Streetsblog)
Writer Dana Gabbard, who has long covered the TAP saga, looks at the latest proposal from Metrolink on how to deal with locked gates at Metro Rail stations. The problem, of course, is that Metrolink customers have paper tickets that won’t get them through Metro’s locked gates.
And the solution to be considered by the Metrolink Board of Directors? Provide paper TAP cards to those who buy Metrolink one-way, round-trip, weekly and weekend tickets and provide temporary 30-day TAP cards to Metrolink customers with a monthly pass. To say the least, Dana is unimpressed that after years of implementing TAP, the paper TAP cards will initially be distributed by hand to Metrolink passengers.
The space shuttle’s journey is scheduled to resume at about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon as it heads toward the California Science Center. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s website offers tips on where to see the shuttle enroute — it’s a little tricky — along with other interesting facts about the big move.
The radio station talks to very few proponents and opponents of the proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot to continue the Measure R sales tax until the year 2069 in order to accelerate transit and road projects. The story doesn’t dig very deep into the proposal.
Beverly Hills school board opposes Measure J (L.A. Times)
The Times donates 352 words of real estate on its website to the less-than-shocking news that the Board of the Beverly Hills Unified School District opposes Measure J. The BHUSD has sued Metro to try to stop tunneling for the Westside Subway Extension under the Beverly Hills High campus and Measure J proposes to accelerate subway construction. I wonder if the Times will publish stories about every city council or school board that resolves one way or the other on Measure J.
News that’s actually interesting: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, also a member, of the Metro Board of Directors, tells a community forum that having Measure J on the same ballot as Prop 30 will lead voters to believe they’re being over-taxed and that if Brown’s tax measure fails, counties already struggling financially will have to contend with more budget cuts. Metro Board Member Richard Katz provides the counter-view, saying that Prop 30 appears of Measure J on the ballot and that Prop 30 is facing serious opposition from both the left and right.
Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board votes to support Measure J (Foothill Extension Construction Authority news release)
From the news release:
The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) Board of Directors voted last night to endorse Measure J, the proposed 30-year extension of LA County’s 1⁄2-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. After a discussion of the pros and cons of taking a position on the measure, which does not provide additional funding to complete the Construction Authority’s projects, the board unanimously voted to support the measure in November.
Neighborhoods critical of NFL at Rose Bowl (Glendale News-Press)
Traffic, noise and losing access to parks along the Arroyo Seco were among the concerns voiced by Pasadena residents on the issue of whether the NFL should be allowed to play at the Rose Bowl while a downtown Los Angeles stadium is built. This, of course, is highly conditional on L.A. securing a team. I think it would be refreshing to see a Rose Bowl proposal that greatly limits parking at the stadium and focuses instead on getting people to games via transit and buses. Could transit and buses handle those kind of crowds? I don’t know. Show me the numbers, someone!!
51 years of trying to beat traffic at Dodger Stadium (L.A. Observed)
Great post by Bob Timmerman on the origin of the stereotype — one perhaps less than accurate, he asserts — that Dodger fans leave games early to beat traffic. As part of his research, Bob dug through the L.A. Times archives and finds some fun nuggets from the stadium’s debut in 1962, when columnist Bob Murray made the drive from Malibu to the ballpark in an hour and LAPD Chief William Parker warned of two-hour traffic jams that never materialized. The game didn’t sell out — which the Dodgers blamed on the dire gridlock warnings.
Yes, this ad is offensive, but free speech rides public transit, too (The Atlantic Cities)
An ad on transit in San Francisco is undoubtedly offensive to many — it demeans Muslims, to say the least — but it’s also likely protected by the First Amendment that makes it difficult for the government to regulate what types of ads can and can’t appear on transit. Warning: the post includes an ad that is hard to stomach and mild adult language.