Today’s Art of Transit is a video from dancer Phillip Chbeeb:
Interesting chart from a city of L.A. Planning Department report tweeted by Rick Cole, who is leaving his post as city of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation to go to work for the city of Santa Monica:
— Rick Cole (@urbanistcole) June 17, 2015
There are probably several factors in play here, one of which is surely the economy. I suspect that our expanding transit system has also helped with several projects opening either before or during the timeframe above — including the Red Line to NoHo, the Pasadena Gold Line, the Orange Line, the Eastside Gold Line, the Silver Line and the Expo Line’s first phase.
Quasi-related: the LAT’s Patt Morrisson interviewed Cole about ongoing issues in the city of L.A. and Santa Monica. One chronological item worth mentioning: the Metro Board decided to pursue a regional bikeshare program in late 2013 after the city of L.A. unsuccessfully tried to implement bikeshare on their own. Speaking of…
Metro’s Planning Committee approves a bikeshare contract (Streetsblog LA)
As a result, full Metro Board will consider the contract with Bicycle Transit Systems and Bcycle at their meeting next week. A lot of the discussion involved interoperability with the bikeshare program that Santa Monica is pursuing. As Streetsblog notes, Metro Board Members expressed concern but decided to move forward with Metro staff to work with Santa Monica on said issues. Here’s our post about the Metro staff recommendation.
The LAPD provides a list of streets to avoid with President Obama and Hillary Clinton visiting the region today and Friday.
Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan says no to raising the federal gas tax (Washington Post)
As the Post says, Ryan is holding the keys to the car (so to speak) in the House when it comes to such decisions. However, both Ryan and other committee members agreed that a long-term solution still must be found and that Congress is failing the American people when it comes to finding a source for long-term transportation funding.
You decide whether that means progress.
The always fun/informative Ask Umbra column tackles a surprisingly tough question: which beer brands are the most sustainable? Ones made locally or ones made in distant locales but using renewable energy?
The answer is tough as some brands are trying different tactics to reduce their carbon footprint whereas others have been relatively silent. Nonetheless, Umbra comes up with this advice:
To figure out which beers best fit your green prerequisites, I highly recommend asking each of your local favorites what it’s doing to clean up its act — bonus points for doing so publicly (thanks, Twitter!) and with groups of friends chiming in. The more brewmasters hear our demands for sustainably produced beer, the less we’ll have to worry about trucking in our ales from across the country. Then buy the ones that are doing the most for the planet – these guys need our support.
And when you’re imbibing, don’t forget about the hefty impacts from glass bottles and aluminum cans we saw in those brand reports. Bike, walk, or bus your way down to that brewery and fill up a reusable bomber (or keg, if you’re in the party mood) whenever you can. You’re slashing impacts from shipping and packaging, and that deserves a toast.
There’s no shortage of local breweries in our region near transit. One of them is near my crib — the Stone tasting room about 15 feet from the train at the Gold Line’s Del Mar Station.
Closing the 710 gap (Marketplace)
The radio program is doing a series on our nation’s infrastructure and this segment looks at the 4.5-mile gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena. The somewhat strange video below teases the text that doesn’t say much but go over the very basics: Caltrans and Metro have issued a draft environmental study that proposes five alternatives: no-build, traffic signal/intersection improvements, light rail, bus rapid transit or a freeway tunnel. The public comment is currently open; here’s the project’s home page.
Redondo Beach bike path opens Saturday (Beach Reporter)
The bike path between Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach has received a makeover with Measure R tax dollars helping pay. Looks pretty nice — especially the protected bikeway part along Harbor Drive.
•Things to watch/listen to on transit. I’m often illiterate or slow to the party (if invited at all) when it comes to pop culture and have never heard of Greg Holden. But wow. What a great cover of a great old Tom Petty song:
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