Transportation headlines, Tuesday, January 14

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Man dies after stabbing attack on Metro Red Line subway (L.A. Times) 

Tragic news; the male victim died of his injuries Monday night. The attack occurred aboard a downtown-bound train at the Vermont/Santa Monica station at 9:20 a.m. Monday. The victim was in his 30s, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is saying the perpetrator — who remains at large — is believed to be between 18 and 24 years old.

The Sheriff’s Department, which patrols Metro buses and trains, posted the following online on Monday night:

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are en route to the LAC+USC Medical Center, 1983 Marengo Street, Los Angeles, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the stabbing death of a male adult that occurred earlier in the day at 9:20AM on the Metro Red Line at the Vermont Station, 1015 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles.

The victim was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at 6:36 PM.

There is no additional information available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website

Why we should care about what Gabe Klein says (L.A. Streetsblog) 

The former head of transportation departments in Washington D.C. and Chicago is coming to L.A. on Friday to give a presentation at City Hall about his experiences in building bike share systems. Streetsblog editor Damien Newton is very impressed with Klein’s accomplishments across the cycling sphere — Klein also oversaw bike lane expansions in both cities. As readers probably know, there is currently an opening for a full-time general manager of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation.

A map of futuristic L.A. futuristic subway from “Her” (Gizmodo)

I haven’t seen the movie set in the near future about a man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s operating system. But there’s a scene in which he’s riding an elevated train in L.A. and then walks by a subway map in the station. Alissa Walker got a copy of the map from the film’s production team and it’s entertaining — and extremely fictional. See if you can find some of the incongruities.

FWIW, here’s the real map that shows what Metro will look like in the future when some of the first Measure R transit projects are complete:


3 replies

  1. I like the station names being named after districts and landmarks, instead of being named after street intersections or politicians.

  2. I don’t know about putting the Westwood portion of the Purple Line on the map as under construction. That is a bit of a stretch to say the least. Probably should just leave at La Cienaga for now as at least real utility work is being done to that point. Westwood right now is not scheduled to open for more than 20 years.

  3. how sad. and shortly after morning rush hour. how was this not caught on tape? there’s cameras everywhere.