Jimmy Fallon’s and Bruce Springsteen’s alternative take on “Born to Run. It’s an ode to New Jersey traffic and Gov. Chris Christie and well worth three minutes of your time. Warning: mild adult language I can’t post on the blog.
And a more serious Springsteen performance on Fallon’s show:
The editorial argues for a change in federal law that would allow for more local hiring. Excerpt:
But Metro officials say federal transportation law prohibits the agency from steering jobs to local residents if the project receives federal funds. The agency can — and has — required contractors to hire 40% of workers from low-income areas. But because of the prohibition, those workers may come from any impoverished ZIP Code in the nation.
The ban on targeted geographical hiring may have made sense in the past, when the federal government covered 80% of the cost of major transportation projects. The argument was that if taxpayers nationwide paid for the project, workers nationwide should have a chance at being hired to build it. But the funding model has changed, particularly in Los Angeles. Since the Measure R half-cent sales tax increase passed in 2008, the county has committed to paying most of the cost of big transportation projects.
LAX’s general manager says that airlines are skeptical about a people mover being built at the airport — specifically they don’t think it will create much incentive for passengers to use the airport. Gina Marie Lindsey also says that there are concerns about the cost of a people mover and the fact that it doesn’t create revenues. It’s worth noting that studies of the project are moving forward and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has said that connecting LAX to Metro Rail — likely via a people mover — is one of his top transit priorities.
TriMet ridership continues to fall in Portland (Oregonian)
The city is well-known in planning circles for its light rail system, streetcar and extensive bike ridership — but recent service cuts plus a fare increase have resulted in a big dip in ridership of the light rail system.
More density doesn’t mean more traffic (Transitized)
Residents fear some big new developments in Chicago that they say will generate more traffic. The author explains why tall buildings don’t necessarily have to result in gridlock because it really comes down to other factors that determine how much residents want to drive. The article is about Chicago, but it may as well be about Los Angeles.