Transportation headlines, Friday, February 6

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How the Danish do their bus commercials

Pretty original, eh? Warning: mild adult content.

And here’s the British version of a video the same Danish production company, M2Film, made back in 2012 for Midttrafik.

Whole Foods to open in DTLA on Nov. 4 (L.A. Times) 

The new store will be on Grand Avenue between 7th and 8th streets — not that far from the existing Ralph’s store on 9th Street and, of course, the 7th/Metro Center Station serving the Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines. It’s a nice feather in the cap for DTLA, putting aside the issue of the cost of grub at Whole Paycheck.

Stanley Kubrick/Museum of the City of New York.

Stanley Kubrick/Museum of the City of New York.

1946 New York Subway photography by Stanley Kubrick (BoredPanda)

Well before “2001” and “Clockwork Orange,” Kubrick shot for Look magazine, practicing street-style photography. The photos here are culled from a larger collection of Kubrick photos maintained by the Museum of the City of New York.

As would be expected, Kubrick’s photos are good — and were taken in a time when you really had to know what you were doing with a film camera. It’s evident Kubrick knew how to compose a shot, which I always thought was his strength more so than picking a good or coherent story. That said, I thought “Full Metal Jacket” was his one true masterpiece.

The future of snow in California (KCRW Which Way L.A.?) 

Host Warren Olney does an excellent segment on the often poor snow conditions at ski resorts in California the past three years owning to climate change. One of the guests raises an excellent point: many climate change deniers in elected office still belong to a ski/snowboard caucus. Huh?!!!?

As I’ve written before, taking transit rather than driving alone is one way to help reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s a graphic the Federal Transit Administration published in 2010 that neatly sums it up:


Want to see how little snow there is currently in the Sierra? Check out this video for some very dramatic images, courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources:

Making the case for a transit-first street by recording a bike ride (Streetsblog) 

A different view of Silicon Valley-area traffic, intended to show what happens when regions take a cars-first approach. Also provided is what a street in the area would look like in which bus rapid transit was given priority.

What young San Diegans want (and don’t want) (Voice of San Diego) 

Do younger folk in San Diego want a transit-friendly, walkable and bike-friendly city? Many pols seem to think so. Others say the evidence that exists suggests younger residents perhaps haven’t quite shed their attachment to cars.


I’m still looking for someone to take over ownership of my paperback version of “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”). Email if you want the book for free. Only string attached: you need to read some of it on transit and when you finish it you need to pay it forward to another transit rider. The book is about accidents and mishaps involving U.S.-owned atomic weapons. From the New York Times review:

The human race was smart enough to build these bombs. So far we appear to lack the intelligence needed either to get rid of them or to store them safely. Schlosser’s readers (and he deserves a great many) will be struck by how frequently the people he cites attribute the absence of accidental explosions and nuclear war to divine intervention or sheer luck rather than to human wisdom and skill. Whatever was responsible, we will clearly need more of it in the years to come.

Email me if you want the book and can pick it up at Union Station.

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  1. “As I’ve written before, taking transit rather than driving alone is one way to help reduce your carbon footprint.”

    So how many people are taking public transit to go shopping at their neighborhood supermarket? (crickets)

  2. Note the on-board TVM in the older Midttrafik bus ad. Is that what Steve meant by Adult Content? A transit agency that treats its riders like adults, lets them aboard without delaying other passengers, and trust them to pay?

  3. You should really look to see if there are California (or even LA-specific) figures for carbon footprints of various modes. LA’s electricity is less carbon-intensive than East Coast electricity, so public transit probably comes even further ahead. Plus, Metro buses probably have higher average ridership than the average American bus, and probably cleaner emissions too because they use CNG rather than gasoline.