On its 25th anniversary, Times’ transportation reporter Laura Nelson takes a fair a look at the Blue Line’s influence on L.A. County. She notes the line proved early critics wrong by exceeding ridership projections, but it isn’t without its problems.
Some of the modern issues the line faces are attributed to decision-making at the time the line was constructed: favoring the cheaper and faster-to-construct route along existing street-level right-of-way. USC’s Lisa Schweitzer is quoted saying that officials were making it up as they went along.
The hope then, with Metro looking at the construction of an additional 37 miles of rail in the next two decades, is that the Blue Line and the four rail lines that followed it were learning experiences for the agency.
Some great work by the Times team here breaking down 12 years of accident data per intersection that shows dense, walkable neighborhoods like downtown L.A., Koreatown, Westlake and Hollywood are home to the intersections with the most pedestrian-involved accidents.
In addition to the breakdown of 665,000 accidents spanning from 2002 and 2013 where 1 in 10 accidents involved pedestrians, the article looks at what’s being done to make these intersections safer for pedestrians and the challenges that local officials and advocates face. One of those hurdles, the article says, may simply be public opinion. Excerpt:
“There’s this perception — not just in Los Angeles, but in other major cities — that nobody walks,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, a former New York City transportation commissioner who is now a principal at Bloomberg Associates, which advises cities on quality-of-life issues. “That’s not only an inaccurate, but a deadly perception.”
Over at Curbed LA, they’ve used the Times’ interactive maps to narrow in on the five most dangerous places for walkers in L.A. Not coincidentally, the most dangerous places are also high-density and considered some of L.A.’s most walkable neighborhoods. The single most dangerous intersection, however, is not, but may earn its shameful title because of its design.
Streetsblog’s Sahra Sulaiman examines the reason why USC recently discontinued its ride-share subsidy program. Interestingly, the letter announcing of the change indicated that the rideshare program was a success, but the main factors likely contributing to the demise of the program: differing priorities and what else but money.
KCET features the authors of the L.A. travel book””Loving L.A. The Low Carbon Way,” which takes it readers on car-free Los Angeles adventures. The books provides 24 car-free day trip ideas throughout Los Angeles. Excerpt:
The book aims to debunk many of the standard L.A. myths, like our supposed lack of public transportation and the vast distances, which make the city difficult to traverse. “We were favorably impressed by the cleanliness, efficiency, and timeliness (for the most part) of the different modes of public transportation,” Chase told me. Furthermore, she added, “Our surprises included the accessibility and relative low cost (or no cost) of many of the venues.” Their many good experiences on the train and bus encouraged them to venture further.
The sushi in England is terrible (Zocalo Public Square)
I can imagine. The latest installment of Zocalo Public Square’s Metro rider series.
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