From the Dept. of That’s a Relief:
Art of Transit:
The Paris agreement would be a great first step if this was 1995 (Five Thirty Eight)
As ambitious as this sounds, the agreement contains no binding rules on how to meet this (or any) temperature goal.1 All greenhouse gas emission targets are voluntary and left to individual countries to determine. This choose-your-own-emissions strategy skirts the political problems that disarmed the Kyoto Protocol, but it may have also rendered the Paris agreement too weak to prevent widespread climate catastrophe. The pledges submitted thus far leave a scary gap between what’s needed and what countries aspire to do.
The article includes a chart from the World Resources Institute that alleges that even if nations hit their targets for reducing greenhouse gases, average worldwide temperatures will still rise three degrees Celsius or more — far past the two degree limit needed to avoid serious impacts, such as rising seas.
Axel Hellman does a nice job parsing some of the bus service changes taking effect this week, noting the particulars of how some lines are running less often (the 45) so that others can run more often (the 745). Excerpt:
There’s more than meets the eye to these changes. If you look through the new schedules, there are several unannounced cuts – and improvements – on various bus lines. These details were not included in the official announcement, brochures, or social media posts. Some riders who don’t closely study the timetables will see an unexpectedly long wait for their bus. Riders on other lines will find a pleasant surprise in the new service changes, giving them a faster bus ride or shorter waiting times.
New Foothill Transit express bus from Azusa to DTLA (Foothill Transit)
Service begins January 4 with free rides in January. The line will leave from the Azusa Transit Center — adjacent to the future Downtown Azusa Gold Line station — and head into the heart of DTLA with very limited stops in West Covina. The schedule (hit the link above) indicates the ride will take about 50 minutes.
The Gold Line opens to Azusa on March 5. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena and then Union Station, where passengers can transfer to the Red/Purple Line subway. Gold Line to Union Station from Azusa is expected to be about 50 minutes. Seems to me it’s good for folks in Azusa to have different choices for getting to DTLA.
Here’s the map:
Ten of the 30 bottlenecks are local but here’s the exciting part of the new study: none of our local clog-ations are #1: that honor is reserved for a stretch of the busy Kennedy Expressway in transit-heavy Chicago. As for local traffic-constipators, there are no huge surprises on the list and the 405 is very well represented.
One slight head-scratcher: the only stretch of the 5 on the list is the oft-clogged stretch between DTLA and the OC line. Hmm.
One HUGE head-scratcher: the portion of the 10 freeway between SaMo and Crenshaw Boulevard didn’t make the top 30.
Driverless cars won’t save Los Angeles (Aljazeera)
In this op-ed, Jordan Fraade writes the problem with self-driving cars is that, well, they’re still cars and not the most efficient way of moving people around a dense urban area. The question, I suppose, is whether cars driven by computers can eke out some extra capacity on our already crowded roads.
Dec. 14: how will the Paris climate deal change our everyday lives in L.A. County?
Dec. 11: will we ever have a truly car-free city?
Dec. 10: hey, so when is the Expo Line to SaMo opening?
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.
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