Garcetti motion encourages affordable housing at Metro stations (Streetsblog L.A.)
A good look at a motion approved by the Metro Board on Thursday that would, most notably, require 30 percent of Metro’s future join developments near rail lines be 30 percent affordable housing. Metro says that about 25 percent of units in residences developed thus far are affordable. Metro’s joint developments are usually on land that was needed for construction.
The motion had some other interesting ideas, including a program to include TAP cards for new residents of such developments and creating a regional loan program to encourage more affordable housing to be built. The motion is part of a wider conversation about preserving and/or creating more affordable units in a region with rising real estate costs and an expanding transit network.
LACMTA ridership — October. 2014 data (Let’s Go LA)
A thorough breakdown of the latest Metro ridership estimates. As the blog notes, it’s a mixed bag with ridership largely flat although for no clear, obvious reason (the blog posits that gate locking may be a contributing factor as could be cheaper gas and a better economy spurring more to drive). The Gold Line and Expo Line have seen new high estimates while there are dips from peaks seen in the last couple of years on the Red/Purple Line, Blue Line and Green Line. Bus ridership is pretty much the same. Let’s Go LA thinks ridership is significant to consider bus rapid transit on corridors such as Vermont, Western, Santa Monica and Venice.
Coverage of a motion approved by the Metro Board last week, asking Metro staff to study potential freeway corridors where ExpressLanes expansion may work. One clarification: The motion does not specify any particular freeways, although freeways and/or freeway segments must be in Los Angeles County. Metro officials say the program has proven popular, with 265,000 transponders issued, more money raised than expected and an increased number of vanpools and transit riders on buses that use the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways.
Win or lose on Sunday, social media is a draw (New York Times)
The article isn’t about transportation. Rather, it largely concerns lousy NFL teams and how they deal with angry fans on social media — and there are certainly parallels to how government agencies and businesses must do the same now that customers can’t let the world know what they’re thinking in real time. Most of the teams agree that taking the “everything is awesome” approach doesn’t work so well when you’re team is being pummeled.
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