Today’s profile of a Metro rider by Zocalo Public Square: the doughnut shop looked really good, Marlton Avenue to Vermont Avenue
Obviously a long night in Baltimore, where there are subway stations closed and bus diversions underway.
Two lanes will be added for the 14-mile stretch between Long Beach and Costa Mesa. One will be a regular lane, the other a toll lane — and the existing HOV lane will also be converted to a toll lane. Cars with at least two people will be allowed to use the toll lanes for free for at least three years under the decision reached by the OCTA Board.
This graph near the bottom caught my eye:
By the year 2040, the expansion is estimated to shrink commute times in the free lanes between the two areas from 57 minutes to 29 minutes, according to a staff report.
“Giving everyone a half hour back on their lives is incredible,” said Lalloway said during Monday’s board meeting.
It would be awesomeballs if a Source reader could brainmail me in 2040 to tell me if the 29 minutes actually came to pass.
My other thought is that this will create an interesting situation for those northbounders using the toll lanes when they get to the L.A. County line and the two toll lanes shrink to one non-tolled HOV lane.
Keys to the highway of the future: smart cars, smarter networks (Wall Street Journal)
Not a lot of detail but a lot of bliss about how swell things will be in 2050 when highways are designed different, there are more assisted driving vehicles, highway construction is done more efficiently, taxes are levied by distance and time of use and so on.
Perhaps true but…it’s 2015 and we already have technology that can do many of these things. We just choose not to do them because of the tricky politics involved.
Columnist Steve Lopez looks at the increasing number of tickets being given to pedestrians in downtown L.A. for doing things such as crossing streets while the ‘don’t walk’ warning is flashing. In this case, he looks at a young man who was rushing (via Metro Rail and Metro buses) to get from LAX to Glendale Community College to be at his class on time and who gets a ticket for trying to make a bus.
“I was in shock,” said Lopez, who wondered again why the officer couldn’t have given him a warning instead of a ticket that’s nearly one-third of his family’s monthly rent, which he contributes to. “I didn’t know how I was going to pay for it or what I was going to do.”
Ticket prices have shot up in California and elsewhere, and as we’ve seen in national headlines, fanatical enforcement is often a means of filling budget gaps. But $197 for what Lopez did is ridiculously punitive, and entirely out of proportion to the infraction.
This is a little story about a ticket with a big backstory — and one, Steve writes, that says a lot about some of the basic inequalities some folks face every day. Good column, good transit read.
If New York State doesn’t come through with needed funding, the New York MTA will need to raise fares to keep pace with spending on its capital program, says the official. Subway fares increased four percent earlier this year as part of a regularly scheduled increase. The base fare for the New York subway is now $2.75 although those who add more than $5.50 to their fare cards get an additional 11 percent added.
Taking mass transit should be L.A.’s next workout fad (LA Magazine)
Funny column with some fun advice — like sprinting up the stairs at the Wilshire/Vermont Station. And this one:
The Metro Chatter Chin Reducer: This is the only exercise of the bunch that can be done before and after a commute. To see your double chin slowly disappear, explain to friends, coworkers, and total strangers over and over again that, no, you don’t have a car and, yes, you do take the Metro and, duh, we do have a great mass transit system in Los Angeles. Who needs a plastic surgeon when talking about public transportation can keep a jaw so taut?
On the road with America’s sightseers (High Country News)
Great photo album of visitors at Western destinations — mostly around 1980 and mostly featuring some winceworthy clothes.
Dennis Hopper’s drugstore camera photos (New York Times Lens blog)
If you’re riding today and don’t feel like reading, nice gallery of some of Dennis Hopper’s more casual film pics, taken between 1970 and ’72 in and around Taos, New Mexico. Hopper, as I’m sure you know, also lived many years in Venice and well before it was cool/hip to do so.
Art of Transit — Union Station East Portal at lunchtime today.
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