The fatal stabbing occurred on the Metro 81 Local Bus about 10:40 p.m. on Monday night in Highland Park. Police told the LAT that three men boarded a bus at Figueroa and 57th Street and then got into an argument with another passenger, who was subsequently stabbed in the chest. The three men then fled the bus near Figueroa and Meridian streets and remain at large.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is reviewing images taken with security cameras on board the bus.
There are about four part one crimes — i.e. the most serious of crimes — per million boardings on Metro buses and trains, according to the agency, which also says that this type of crime is rare. The agency also says that its buses, trains and facilities have a lesser crime rate than surrounding communities. Here are the most recent monthly summary of crime stats as reported to the Metro Board.
UPDATE, 4 p.m. Wednesday: The LASD announced that one of the suspects has been arrested and booked on a murder charge with bail set at $1 million. Press release
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Here is the wanted bulletin from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with photos of the suspects.
A peek into Metro bike share’s fare structure (Streetsblog LA)
The proposal will go to the Metro Board this month. Under the proposal, the fare will depend on whether users buy an annual or monthly pass or whether they forgo the pass and pay as a walk-up customer — see the post for details. While Streetsblog would like to see bike share as inexpensive as possible to encourage ridership, Joe Linton writes that he thinks the proposal strikes a reasonable balance given the need to get bike share going and the need to generate revenues.
I’m meeting with the bike folks later and will post more about this soon.
With Metro in the midst of updating its long range plan and working on a potential ballot measure to raise the countywide sales tax to pay for more projects, Landofrye makes its suggestions. The Sepulveda Pass project, the Green Line extension to Norwalk’s Metrolink station and a northern extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line are projects, in fact, that local officials have put on draft wish lists for ballot measure funding (see appendix D in this post for the latest on that).
Landofrye tosses out three other ideas: real bus rapid transit projects on both Beverly Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard (i.e. dedicated bus lanes and other BRT features) and a rail line along the Harbor Subdivision that would connect DTLA to LAX. I’m unaware of anything imminent on those three; Metro recently received a federal grant to build the first segment of the Rail-to River pedestrian and bike path on part of the Harbor Subdivision between the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Harbor Transitway and Blue Line.
I do know that the Metro Board has asked Metro to study BRT on Vermont Avenue, one of our area’s busiest bus corridors with the Red Line running under some of the northern segment of Vermont. BRT is one of those things that inspires a lot of talk around the country but a lot more talk than action. As we’ve noted in the past, taking a couple traffic lanes and giving them entirely to a bus is no easy task.
Recent How We Rolls:
Nov. 9: Expo Line traffic signal testing in SaMo, the human cost of failing infrastructure.
Nov. 6: the future of the Orange Line and lowering your carbon footprint.
Nov. 5: Exxon Mobile and climate change research, 1965’s climate change warning and a pricey Boston parking space.
Nov. 3: why Supergirl should save trains or buses next, train signage issues at 7th/Metro, L.A. weighs slashing parking fines, how officials estimate ridership on future projects
Oct. 30: is The Force with mass transit?, a transit advocate — consumed by guilt — nonetheless buys a car, a commentary on the draft framework for Metro’s potential ballot measure.
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