Art of Transit:
The city is considering lending the money to a developer to rehab the old Santa Fe station that has fallen into disrepair. Good to hear given that the depot is just east of the new Gold Line station. No firm plans on what the depot could be — but a possible restaurant is mentioned.
Quasi-related: the Metro Board on Thursday will consider a lease with Groundwork for a coffee shop at the North Hollywood Depot adjacent to the Orange Line and Red Line stations.
Catching up on this news. The county supervisors — all of whom also serve on the Metro Board of Directors — approved selling TAP cards at libraries in San Fernando, Lancaster, Paramount, El Monte and Carson. One clarification to the story: the libraries will not have full-blown TAP vending machines.
The writer pushes for more transit agencies to allow fare payment by phone — something Metro and others are looking into. It’s hard to argue that some people will find this more convenient than having something like a TAP card.
But would having such systems really encourage a lot more people to ride transit? On that, I’m not so sure. As I’ve said in the past, I think the big reasons that people will take transit involve frequency, speed and convenience of buses and trains, as well as feeling they are safe to take.
Some potential uses for Southwest Museum (Curbed LA)
I had no idea that the Museum on the flanks of Mt. Washington — easily reached via the Gold Line’s “Southwest Museum” station — had reopened for limited hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays).
The post involves a new study done asking residents and museum professionals what should be done with the facility, which is owned by the Autry Museum and was shuttered in 2002, the year before the Gold Line opened.
The museum has traditionally served as home to Native American artifacts although some feel that new exhibits and/or amenities will be needed to make a full reopening viable financially. I think a restaurant and/or coffee shop would be a great idea, given that the Museum is only a 12-minute train ride from Union Station.
Among the possibilities are electronic signs on the cars and/or speakers that tell pedestrians that it’s safe to cross.
Related observation: As someone who is a frequent user of crosswalks, I’m at the point I’d rather take my chances with a self-driving car.
Dec. 1: what can you do about climate change?
Nov. 30: Does too much cheap or free parking in L.A. County doom transit? And a futurist looks back at L.A.’s transpo past.
Nov. 25: How to talk about traffic with your family, transit chief resigns in Phoenix amid allegations of inflated travel expenses.
Nov. 24: California has work to do as world environmental leader, shifting money from trains to water
Nov. 23: Will the LAX people mover be up and running by 2023?
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