Art of Transit:
The Expo Line runs every 12 minutes for most of the day and every 10 minutes at peak hours. Here’s the timetable — it might help plan ahead to avoid long waits. One of the benefits of the Regional Connector project — which will link the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in downtown Los Angeles — is that it will allow Expo Line trains to run more often as 7th/Metro Center Station will no longer be a dead-end where trains have to reverse course.
And, of course, this reminder: the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station on the Gold Line closed Friday evening in order to start building the tunnel portal for the Regional Connector. More about the closure here, as well as info on the bus shuttle between Union Station, Little Tokyo and Pico/Aliso Station.
There’s a renewed interest among officials and planners in plugging the gap between the Green Line’s Norwalk Station — next to the eastern end of the 105 freeway — and the Metrolink station in Norwalk. The Green Line is mostly an east-west line and Norwalk is on Metrolink’s north-south Orange County Line, but getting between the two rail lines can require a bus ride up to an hour.
As the article notes, the idea of filling the gap was considered back in the 1990s but “Neither project [an aerial rail line or underground rail line] was built because of funding difficulties, potential construction complications and opposition from Norwalk neighborhoods that would be adversely affected by the extension.”
On the subject of gaps…
Closing the Exposition Bikeway gap (Streetsblog LA)
When the Expo Line opens this spring, there will be a .7-mile gap in the adjacent bike path between Motor Avenue and Overland Avenue, a segment of track known as the Northvale Trench (shown in the pic above). This stretch of the bike path was dropped from the Expo Line extension project because of delays resulting from legal challenges to the rail line.
But the city of L.A. is trying to get it built and is hosting a community open house at the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library (2920 Overland Ave, Los Angeles) on Wednesday (Jan. 13) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
We saw the first hyperloop tubes in the desert (CNN)
About that decent rail connection gap between L.A. and S.F…
Skies of concrete: life in the leftover places (New Yorker Photo Booth blog)
Bridges fill gaps and this photo essay is an interesting look at the ways land is used under giant bridges in places around the world — most of the pics are from Europe or China.
Interesting rail gap-plugger in northern Japan in this day and age. I believe in days of yore it wasn’t completely unusual for trains to stop at all sorts of rural places to serve relatively few people. Good pics.
For the El Nino-minded cyclist, perhaps.
I’m sure Riders/Readers of a Certain Age, like me, when they heard the news this morning of David Bowie’s passing. So much of what he did was a staple of 1970s radio and, as the ’80s dawned, MTV. His stuff was, and remains, so very strikingly original; as Hilton Als writes in the New Yorker this morning, “he always got there first.”
Here are a couple of my favorites and I count “Under Pressure” — recorded originally with Queen — as one of the great rock songs of all-time.
Two of my favorites from David Bowie…
KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Electric” is playing a lot of Bowie music this morning for those listening online during their travels.
Recent How We Rolls:
Jan. 8: the art of transit, transit to future L.A. Super Bowls?, an angry scree about cyclists vs motorists.
Jan. 7: A snowy owl on a traffic cam and is Highland Park finally (ahem) going to get popular?
Jan. 6: untransit-friendly stadium proposals and our poll asking if would you Go Metro to see the Chargers, Raiders or Rams in Los Angeles.
Jan. 5: the city of Santa Monica wants to build fencing to keep people off the Expo Line tracks.
Jan. 4: no love of freeways from one big L.A. media outlet and a fancypants new development along the Expo Line.
Dec. 31: a few thoughts on transpo trends in 2015.
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