Art of Transit:
Let’s go to the capitalized-underlined-boldface: METRO HAS NOT YET ANNOUNCED AN OPENING DATE. Anything else you hear is speculation as the project has yet to be handed over from the Expo Line Construction Authority — the state-created agency building the line — to Metro, which will operate it. As soon as we have news about an opening, we’ll merrily share it with you.
In the meantime, testing continues and we urge pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to be careful around trains. An Expo test train was involved in a collision with a truck at Colorado and 7th in Santa Monica on Thursday morning. It appears that the truck made an illegal left turn in front of the train, according to Metro. Here are pics from the Santa Monica Police Department:
No passengers were hurt and MBTA officials stopped the train by cutting power to the third rail. The train left Braintree Station — the end of the line — and passed through three other stations without stopping. Officials say they are investigating whether equipment may have been tampered with.
Not really related but: a self-driving bus is due to begin testing this coming spring in the the Swiss city of Sion.
A new study somehow figured out that distracted walkers veer off course 61 percent of the time. Other studies have found that few people are willing to admit they are distracted walkers. Better question perhaps: is there anyone walking or driving who isn’t somehow distracted?
I don’t give a [hoot] if we agree about climate change (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s FB page)
The former California governor writes:
To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.
Recent How We Rolls:
Dec. 9: Uber’s latest biggish idea, health clinics at transit stops?
Dec. 8: L.A. Weekly’s Purple Line Extension skepticism, smog discounts in Bejiing
Dec. 3: a new name for Pasadena’s bus system, flying versus the environment.
Dec. 2: Monrovia considers loaning 1.5 million to restore Gold Line adjacent historic train depot
Dec. 1: what can you do about climate change?
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