Today’s profile of a Metro rider by Zocalo Public Square: I get to watch the sun come up over the freeway, Victoria Street to Third Street
At a recent current affairs forum, Supervisor Hilda Solis — who is also a member of the Metro Board of Directors — declines to say which of the five alternatives she supports for the SR-710 North Study. But she does indicate that she would like more community meetings to discuss the project and its implications in East L.A. and does say that she believes there are many ways to relieve traffic. Solis’ views matter: her district includes Alhambra, where the present 710 terminates at Valley Boulevard.
Metro officials, customers and academics talk about the ExpressLanes. Good video — sorry, couldn’t figure out how to embed.
A good look at the potential good and the potential bad concerning the private buses in service in some cities.
The upside: the buses may have the ability to pull some cars off the road and make car-free or car-light living a lot easier.
The downside: they may also prove to rob public transit of riders and/or be priced or set up in such a way to discourage certain types of riders (i.e. those who use wheelchairs, for example, or low-income riders).
It’s a good topic and there’s a lot of hand-wringing about this in public transit circles these days. My hands aren’t wringing. I think they may prove to serve a market on some routes and at some price points. I also think they’ll have a hard time making money over the long haul. Perhaps I’m naive. Then again, maybe I’m not.
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