Today’s profile of a Metro rider by Zocalo Public Square: I’m thinking about art always, Manchester Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard.
Doing the math on California’s bullet train fares (L.A. Times)
A skeptical look at claims by the state that the bullet train will enjoy fares less than $90 one way between L.A. and S.F. should the line open by the target date of 2028. The predicted price is cheaper than other high-speed rail systems around the world, reports the Times. Will people still take the train? Probably. If it’s somewhat speedy and you can skip having to deal with the airport, I bet people will tolerate wiggly prices as long as they aren’t sky high.
Keep in mind that no trial lawyers were interviewed for the segment. Despite the headline, the gist of it is that the same hands-free driving being developed for motorists — who would still be behind the wheel — are also in the works for big rigs. As the NYT reported recently, the same issue will probably be in play: figuring out how much autonomous current state laws will allow. I’m guessing state lawmakers won’t be giving trucks a free pass on this one, fearing instead a really bad “news at 11” moment from a local highway.
Semi-related: two self-driving cars in California got into minor accidents while self driving under 10 mph, reports the AP.
End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile (The Guardian)
Long article and good read about the role of cars and cities — mostly focused on Europe and Asia. The article begins with an interesting stat about Lyon, France: the number of cars entering the center city has dropped 20 percent in recent years, mostly due to improvements in transit, walking and biking (and with no congestion charge). The article tilts to the more optimistic sources, many of whom say that people want good mobility more than they just want mobility by car.
The City Council will consider a new ordinance requiring developers of new residential buildings in center city neighborhoods near transit to offer transit passes or passes to bike share or ride share services. Developers already have the option not to build parking in their buildings, although some still do as a way to lure tenants. Seems like a good idea that would work in some of the denser and more transity parts of our county.
A map of songs about cities (Javier Arce)
Javier’s map offers links to Spotify playlists of songs about particular cities. L.A. is a no show, but plenty of other cities get the treatment — although many of the songs merely have the city’s name in their title rather than songs about capturing the city’s spirit or je ne sais quoi.
Nice but short appreciation of Kodak Tri-X film in Wired — the film that Readers of a Certain Age likely used in their high school and college photo classes. Above is a pic I shot over the weekend of the Los Angeles River as it passes through Glendale using a digital camera but one of those VSCO presets designed to mimic Tri-X. As for the pic, I was going for the can-you-believe-they-call-this-a-river thing. Plus, I’m secretly obsessed with electrical transmission towers, which I believe are just transformers laying in wait. One tower to rule us all, people!
Let’s say testing for the second phase of the Expo Line was in the 1960s (as it probably should have) and I was Jimmy Olsening for the local dog trainer. That would probably be a Tri-X moment, too:
•Things to listen to on transit: NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast tackles the new Avengers movie. Funny thing: the enthusiastic response from the quartet makes me want to see the film even less. I think my next visit to the multiplex will involve a certain foul-mouthed Teddy bear who needs a beer a lot more than he needs vengeance.
Categories: Transportation Headlines