The folks at Urban One — a firm that provides management of urban developments — have assembled two mighty interesting charts. The first shows the number of people and the number of jobs within a half-mile of each Metro Rail and BRT station. The second chart shows the stations ranked by population.
What do we learn from the charts? A few things.
•The Green Line’s Mariposa Station — located in an industrial park south of LAX — has the fewest people living within a half-mile while the Red/Purple Line’s Westlake/MacArthur Park Station has the most followed by the Purple Line’s Normandie Station. As CurbedLA notes, “it is interesting that the stations with the highest populations aren’t the ones immediately in Downtown” L.A.
•The Red Line and Purple Line subway has the most people and jobs within a half-mile. Not a shocker, given the subway runs through downtown L.A. and includes stations in Koreatown and Hollywood.
•Some stations that have low populations and number of jobs near them (when compared to other stations) remain busy, however. The one that jumped out to me was the Gold Line’s South Pasadena Station, which also has relatively little parking.
Please check out the charts. What’s your take on them? My three cents: I think the charts show there is room to steer more residential and job development near transit stations in the appropriate places. I live near the Gold Line’s Allen Station and I can tell you that almost nothing has changed on Allen Street since the Gold Line opened and Allen is zoned for commercial uses immediately south and north of the tracks.
Lower oil prices give a lift to the American economy (New York Times)
Gas prices recently fell to under $3 a gallon nationally for the first time since 2010 and are forecast to remain low through next year. The NYT says that could translate to $400 in annual savings for the average American household and provide a boost to businesses that spend heavily on fuel. Some people, however, are questioning whether lower fuel prices also comes with a downside. Excerpt:
The automobile industry looks to be among corporate America’s biggest beneficiaries. Sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles jumped 9.1 percent last month from October 2013, according to Autodata Corporation, as consumers flocked to more expensive, less fuel-efficient models that generate bigger profits for automakers. Passenger car sales registered a 2.8 percent increase.
But while some experts fear that efforts to conserve energy will falter if gasoline prices stay low, automakers say they will be more careful this time about ramping up production of S.U.V.s in response to cheaper gas, to avoid being left with bloated inventories when prices eventually rebound.
The other obvious question is how lower fuel prices impact the use of transit for users who have a choice between driving and taking the bus and/or train. It’s also worth noting that regulations remain in place in the U.S. to greatly increase fuel efficiency for cars and trucks by 2025, which hopefully will prevent some overconsumption.
How Denver got an oil company to help crowdfund a bike lane (People for Bikes)
The donation from the oil company was just $2,500; the more interesting part of the article is that crowdfunding is being used to fund bike lanes in Denver and elsewhere.
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