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 Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed.
Expo Line: How much does it stop now? (Steven White blog)
A regular Expo rider, Steven wanted to see how much time the train was not moving between downtown L.A. and Culver City. So he broke out his stopwatch recently and compared his new data to data he collected last year.
The result: outbound trip times have improved slightly while inbound trip times have worsened, according to his data. Steven also estimates that without any standing, the trip between downtown and Culver City could be made in about 24 minutes instead of the 29 minute average for Expo.
Phase 2 of the project — extending the line to Santa Monica — is underway. It will be interesting to see if any time can be shaved from trips, which would presumably be a way to lure future riders.
Almost all of L.A.’s car growth is in low-car households (Better Institutions)
The top of Shane Phillips’ very interesting post:
Portland, eat your heart out. Between 2005 and 2011, ninety percent of Los Angeles’ growth was in low-car households, defined as households with fewer vehicles than working adults*. You read that right: Los Angeles, low-car. Even more incredibly, of the 20,000 households the city added over this six-year period, over 8,000 of them own zero cars. That’s over forty percent.
As Shane points out, this may have implications for parking policies, in particular relaxing them. My three cents: This is interesting, but are there fewer cars by choice or because the city is adding more low-income households that can’t afford more cars?
The recently-approved Millennium project — with 35- and 39-story buildings — may sit atop of the Hollywood Fault, which may or may not be active and may or may not be accurately mapped, according to the newspaper. The developer says its geologists haven’t found any faults but they will do further studies. As regular readers know, Metro isn’t building a station for the Purple Line Extension on Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City because of concerns over the Santa Monica Fault and other associated faulting.
Officials said that the crash in Spain — which did not occur on a high-speed line — could not happen here because the California bullet train would have automated systems that would over-ride any attempt by a train engineer to go too fast through a curve.
In related bullet train news, Delta Airlines has announced hourly service between LAX and San Francisco beginning Sept. 3, according to the Daily Breeze. The LAX-SFO route is already one of the busiest in the world and officials have said the bullet train needs to make the L.A. to S.F. connection in about 2.5 hours in order to compete with the airlines. That’s one reason the bullet train project is so expensive. The public policy question, as I’ve written before, is how much would it cost to build a slower train (say five to six hours from L.A. to S.F.) and could such a train lure enough passengers to pay for itself?
I don’t know. I’m just asking because I’m a curious bloke.
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