Law-breaking drivers disrespecting new Wilshire bus lanes (Streetsblog L.A.)
Joe Linton paid a visit to Wilshire Boulevard last Friday to see how the peak hour bus lanes are working. What he saw: many motorists illegally using the lanes, which are reserved for buses and bikes only from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the exception of vehicles making right turns. Excerpt:
It seems that a few LAPD motorcycle officers patrolling these lanes at morning and evening rush hours could easily write dozens of right turn violation tickets. After some police enforcement, the word would likely get out, and drivers would stay out of the lane, benefiting the commute times for the tens of thousands of Wilshire bus riders.
SBLA will make inquiries to LAPD and find out how LAPD bus-only lane enforcement activity has been proceeding. The first phase of the bus lanes opened in June 2013, so, for some stretches, there should be a couple years’ worth of enforcement records.
As Joe writes, his observations were a limited sample. But still — he saw what he saw. Anyone else out there seeing the same thing?
In the wake of the still unexplained Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers last week, the NYT takes a look at difficulties in installing positive train control systems across the country. The news isn’t very good — it’s almost certain that Congress will extend a deadline for PTC to be installed beyond the original 2015 target date.
Nearly seven years after Congress instructed the nation’s railroads to install an automatic speed control system by the end of 2015, the crash of a speeding Amtrak train last week has laid bare the industry hurdles, regional rivalries and often dismal economics of rail safety.
Miles of track on Southern California’s commuter lines still lack the system years after a 2008 crash killed 25 people there, fueling the drive to install the technology, known as positive train control. Chicago’s commuter rails are not likely to have the safety system for years, while comparatively sleepy train service on Amtrak’s Michigan line already has it. [snip]
Progress has come more quickly on California’s Metrolink system, where the fatal 2008 collision prompted the congressional mandate. The system is already in use on three of Metrolink’s seven lines, covering 214 miles of track, and is being tested on a fourth, the Orange County line, said Jeff Lustgarten, a spokesman.
As many of you know, Metro and four other county transportation agencies fund Metrolink (Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties).
The story also goes on to point out that passenger railroads — already pretty safe — have been getting safer in recent years. As for PTC, not everyone views it as a panacea and some believe there are existing or lesser braking systems that would get the job done. That said, it’s also pretty clear that for Amtrak and many commuter railroads, the funding for PTC remains the greatest challenge, something which can probably be said about a lot of America’s infrastructure challenges.
The new soccer stadium would serve as home to a second Major League Soccer team — with the Galaxy playing in Carson at their own stadium. Whether truly necessary or not, who knows? But it’s good to see that someone (unlike the NFL) believes that Exposition Park can serve as home to a pro team. Plus the site is transit friendly, with the Expo Line’s Expo Park/USC Station a short walk away.
As for the Sports Arena, “the dump that jumps” was a fun place to see a concert.
Fun new video from the New York MTA that explains how a delay to one subway train and have a ripple effect across an entire line — and how the MTA goes about trying to get trains back on time.
Public works board approves sidewalk deficient Hyperion Bridge (Streetsblog LA)
The city of L.A. is pursuing a bridge design that would only have sidewalks on one side — and would not reduce any traffic lanes. Proponents of the design say a road diet could worsen traffic. Opponents say a nearby planned pedestrian-bike bridge over the L.A. River is no substitute for direct access for pedestrians via the bridge. It’s a tough issue. The city’s Board of Public Works approved the one sidewalk configuration last week but approval of the full City Council is needed before construction can begin.
I’ve Been Doing Jiu-jitsu Since the Fourth Grade (Zocalo Public Square)
The latest in the ongoing series of Metro rider profiles by Zocalo.
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