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Spring plant phenology and false springs in the coterminous U.S. during the 21st century (Environmental Research Letters)
In each of the above stories, climate change is the culprit. The drone footage, maps and photos in the Greenland package are well worth your time, even if rising sea levels aren’t keeping you up at night. The story about the Persian Gulf raises the question of where all those people go if, in fact, heat and humidity are too much to bear in the Persian Gulf.
The last article is a fancypants way of saying spring is likely to come earlier to many parts of the U.S. That could impact wildlife that depends on plants or it could pose problems for plants if they bloom and then are damaged in a subsequent frost. If winter is your thing, they may be shorter in the future.
Attentive readers know that walking, biking and transit instead of driving alone is, generally speaking, one way to lower the greenhouse gas emissions that you are responsible for. It’s especially helpful if you are switching from a car that gets only so-so mileage to a bus or train that carries a lot of people. I’m not saying that you should stop driving. Just try to drive a little less! 🙂
The Metro Board approved a motion last week to study the feasibility of moving the Metrolink station in El Monte about a mile west so that it would be adjacent to the El Monte Station used by buses run by Metro and Foothill Transit. As the article notes, several large bureaucracies would have to be involved — never easy — although Metrolink indicates it would be open to such a move. Stay tuned.
MTA shells out $100 million more for 405 project (LA Weekly)
The Board also last week approved adding $100 million to the now $1.3-billion budget for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project to resolve a first round of arbitration between Metro and the contractor on the project, Kiewit. More money is in dispute in a second round of arbitration.
As for the project’s impact on traffic, there has not yet been a long-term study and the study cited in the article was extremely limited. A study commissioned by Metro that looked at traffic both before and after the project found that traffic was flowing better over the Pass, there were fewer accidents and the length of the worst traffic of the afternoon rush hour had shortened by two hours.
710 freeway opposition testimony dominates Metro Board meeting (Streetsblog LA)
There were many speakers on two items at last week’s Board meeting: the first on amending a contract for more study of alternatives on the 710 Corridor Study and the other about one of the alternatives studied on the SR-710 North Study.
In plain English, the 710 Corridor Study is looking at adding a freight corridor and/or widening parts of the 710 between the ports and the 60 freeway because of the heavy truck traffic. On the north 710 project, one of the alternatives studied involves building a freeway tunnel between Alhambra/El Sereno and Pasadena to close the gap in the 710.
One thing the projects have in common: Metro doesn’t have the funding yet to build many of the alternatives, including the freeway tunnel alternative on the north 710 study. The Streetsblog post nicely summarizes a lot of the public comments and concerns. Here’s our meeting roundup post that also summarizes actions taken by the Board on these two items — scroll down please.
Very cool. How many of you can navigate your way across land or water using the stars (or even the sun)? As the article notes, you can’t hack a sextant.
Things to read while sitting/standing/waiting on transit….
On the subject of Arctic ice and sextants, I just finished a great book, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” whilst on transit yesterday. The book involves an attempt by the U.S.S. Jeannette in 1879 to reach the North Pole — an attempt that resulted in the ship getting stuck in sea ice north of the Bering Sea. A real page turner and a great adventure tale, if that’s your thing.
Related: I’m in the market for a new book to read. Email me any suggestions. If you’ve read “Purity,” I’m curious to know how you liked it.
World Series prediction: Royals in seven. Perhaps Major League Baseball is counting on climate change, scheduling Game 7 to take place on the evening of Nov. 4 in Kansas City. Brrr.
Bonus things to look at on transit:
Recent How We Rolls:
Oct. 26: Can American reinvent its infrastructure? It has before.
Oct. 23: Social media reaction to announcement of Foothill Gold Line opening, Denver’s rail line to airport set to open in April, funny things to listen to while riding transit.
Oct. 21: Back to the future edition, i.e. what Los Angeles County transit officials of the past century got right and wrong about your transportation future.
Oct. 20: CicLAvia gives the air a good scrubbing, L.A. to legalize locking bikes to parking meters, millenials versus the driving habits of Americans.
Oct. 16: the Velotopia, closing gaps in the Valley LA river greenway, rideshare and taxis competing for business travelers.
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