Two Metro Board Members — L.A. Councilman Paul Krekorian and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich — aren’t happy that that the current rail construction boom has bypassed the Valley, thus far. Metro officials say that planning is done at the countywide level without focusing on just one region. There are two future Measure R transit projects being planned in the Valley — the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor. More planning is needed to determine exactly what each will be.
Foothill Transit wants to take over two Metro bus lines leaving from El Monte Station (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
Foothill Transit is looking at taking over two routes that run between El Monte Station and Pomona — the 190 and 194 buses. There are still several issues that would need to be worked out but Metro officials say that such a move would free up some money and provide staff needed for train operator positions that must be filled. Foothill Transit would get a significant bump in ridership and riders may get less expensive rides.
A scourge is spreading! MTA’s cure: Dude, close your legs (New York Times)
In the wake of Johnny T’s viral video on proper etiquette on the New York City Subway (warning: some mildly offensive language, etc.), the NYT runs on a story on manspreading and has a simply awesome video interview with Johnny T, who happens to be a puppet. The article looks at those who are pushing back against men who feel the need to treat the subway as if it’s their couch and/or lounge chair and/or ManCave. That list includes the New York MTA, which has debuted a new poster (above).
LAX’s mind-blowing transportation plan (Curbed LA)
The above headline is a summary of a more profane one. If you can get past that, there are some new renderings of the Automated People Mover planned for LAX that will connect with the Aviation/96th Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The people mover will have three stops at airport terminals, another at a new pickup/dropoff facility and another at a consolidated rental car facility. As Curbed notes, the people mover and new facilities are designed to help spread out airport traffic and keep vehicles out of the often clogged horseshoe road that serves the terminals.
Here’s how much safer transit is than driving (Streetsblog Network)
Nice graphic based on a recent study that shows that riding commuter rail is about 20 times safer than driving, riding light rail or a subway about 30 times safer and riding the bus about 60 times safer. However, factoring in walking or biking to reduces the impact although transit still comes out twice as safe as driving. The study’s author says transit agencies should use this as a marketing point instead of focusing on “see something, say something,” which suggests a heightened sense of risk of taking transit. Interesting and yes, I’ll share with my colleagues. 🙂
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