Art of Transit:
Newsflash!: Agendas and staff reports for this month’s round of Board of Director meetings have been posted. Here is the staff report on cost increases and potential delays for the Regional Connector project that the LAT wrote about last week.
Adam ruins cars (Adam Ruins Everything)
In less than two minutes, this video neatly explains problems associated with sprawl and parking. Plus there’s a cameo from an animated Donald Shoup, the UCLA parking guru. From a longer episode on the show “Adam Ruins Everything” on TruTV (looks like you need a cable subscription to watch; I’m a cord cutter so phooey).
Los Angeles vs San Francisco — the race to solve mobility issues (Smart Cities Insider)
A San Francisco streetcar: one of many ways to get around a city smaller than L.A. Photo by Thomas Hawk, via Flickr creative commons.
Really insightful interview with transit planner Timothy Papandreou, who currently works for San Francisco Muni and formerly worked at Metro here in L.A. Be sure to read to page 2 on the post — where Timothy is asked to rate Muni vs Metro on several fronts.
He has kind words for both and points out several times that comparisons are difficult because San Francisco is small at 47 square miles and L.A. is sprawling at 469 square miles. He neatly sums up the challenge here:
There are 12 downtowns in Los Angeles County. For them to really grow and be successful, you really need to connect them all with fixed guideway transit. Whether express bus, rail or subway, it doesn’t really matter as long as the connections between them are reliable and protected from traffic. Then we need to build transit oriented development with more housing and jobs around the stations.
Well said. 👏
Reducing cars on the road by driving a mobile billboard around town. Hmm. Photo by Steve Rhodes, via Flickr creative commons.
The ‘ride-hailing’ companies are teaming up with the Natural Resources Defense Council and UC Berkeley to try to get a handle on the impacts of their services on traffic and the environment. One big question to be resolved: is there any truth to claims by Uber and Lyft that they help reduce car ownership? Stay tuned.
My wild guess: probably a statistically insignificant reduction in car ownership and no great increase in overall miles driven in cities, if that can even me accurately measured. One reason behind my thinking: surge pricing.
Autonomous vehicles and the VMT problem (Human Transit)
On the subject of vehicles mile traveled, the chief of transit in Eugene, Oregon, argues we will need ‘high quality transit’ in an autonomous car world. People aren’t going to quit driving and good transit will be necessary to get people out of their self-driving cars, help reduce congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
By getting people excited enough to use transit and stop driving alone, argues one book author. I’d argue that a nice map is, well, nice and that nice, fast, frequent transit probably is much more significant.
Actually the headlines should read “paid parking” as that is what has stirred the unhappiness. Despite the grumbling from merchants and shoppers, Westfield says it is sticking with paid parking to deter nearby workers from parking for free at the mall.
Things to read whilst transiting: a great critique and appreciation of the Rocky movies in the New Yorker — and one that understand the awesomeness of “Rocky Balboa,” the sixth film in the series. I’m looking forward to “Creed” — not quite as much as “Star Wars — but a little uneasy because the last film ended so perfectly. For those of you reading and riding who haven’t seen the original “Rocky,” it’s available on Netflix and it remains one of the greatest movies ever made. The ad men using the Rocky music to peddle their wares — embraced the dark side, they have.
Nov. 13: Readers recommend books to read while in transit, bike sharing debuts in SaMo, induced demand and Caltrans.
Nov. 12: Regional Connector cost increases and potential delays, suspect in bus slaying arrested, bike share and bike infrastructure, Missy Elliot in the subway.
Nov. 10: crime stats and Metro, the fare structure for Metro’s bike share program, a suggestion for future Metro transit projects.
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.
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