Good morning. I’m out and about talking pics today — starting this morning at the Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Station. I was happy with a few of the photos, so thought I would share before moving west.
A real quick stab at headlines….
Some perspective on how Angelenos are driving less (Streetsblog LA)
Joe Linton takes a very thoughtful stab at trying to understand the chart tweeted last week by outgoing L.A. deputy mayor Rick Cole — a chart that showed the number of miles that Angelenos are driving has been decreasing since 2002. He also ruminates on reasons for the decline.
I think Joe’s educated guesses are on target — probably a combo platter of things perhaps accelerated by the Great Recession and, as commenter Dennis Hindman writes, perhaps a shift in the way we shop.
Related: I don’t think there’s any reason to not believe the stats on vehicle miles driven posted by the city or any other agency. But we should acknowledge, too, that such stats are inferences are based on samples, and thus may not reflect entirely what’s happening out there.
I do think that the L.A. of 2015 is noticeably different than the L.A. of 1994, when I moved here. There’s more of everything that matters when it comes to mobility — more pedestrian-oriented areas, more rail transit, more bike lanes (and cyclists) and more people willing to not always drive everywhere.
Good post and I encourage everyone to take a look at it. This is an important topic, given that most of us acknowledge the best way to combat car traffic congestion is diversify the ways that we get around. If the chart is correct, there are lessons we should be learning from it.
Addendum: For those interested in Metro’s role in this: the Pasadena Gold Line opened in 2003, the Orange Line to Warner Center in 2005, the Eastside Gold Line in 2009, the Orange Line extension to Chatsworth in 2012 and the Expo Line to Culver City in 2012. Metro light rail, heavy rail and bus ridership was 441 million in 2002 and was 464 million in 2014.
The argument against cars (EfficientGov)
Another interesting post that should have used the word “arguments” in the headline. The big takeaway here are the observations — as obvious as they may be — about what cars have done to cities.
It has been 2.5 years since voters in downtown approved a tax hike to pay for the streetcar. But a $220-million funding shortfall remains and questions have arisen about the route, the streetcar’s expected average speed of 3.5 mph to 4.5 mph and why anyone would wait to take something so slow.
Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro
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