Update: How We Roll’s Super Bowl prediction of Panthers winning 45-10 was only incorrect by 49 points! Two train honks and bus horn beeps for Broncos fans who partake in HWR.
If you're missing game whilst transiting, quick summary: Beyoncé + Bruno had better first half than Newton or Manning. #SB50
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) February 8, 2016
The second half wasn’t much of an improvement.
Take a good look at LAX’s people mover plans (Curbed LA)
Some new renderings of the automated people mover — basically an elevated train — that will run from three stations at airport terminals to a station allowing for transfers to/from the Crenshaw/LAX Line.
Coverage of the recent move by Metro staff — and approved by the Metro Board of Directors — to potentially raise tolls 10 cents per mile at peak times, to $1.50 per mile. The problem is that too many solo drivers are using the lanes, which are designed to keep traffic moving at least 45 miles per hour.
Obama to propose $10 per barrel oil tax to fix transpo infrastructure (FutureStructure)
Oil prices and gas prices are low — blissfully or disappointingly, depending on your point of view. Under this proposal, the tax would be paid by oil companies on oil imports.
But that will likely make taxing oil even harder, especially in an election year. Of course, taxing consumers via a gas tax increase at the pumps hasn’t proven easy either, the reason the Administration is searching for any kind of revenues.
A local union isn’t happy with Metro’s June service change proposal to drop the 190 and 194 and have Foothill Transit take them over. The union says that Foothill Transit’s contractor pays less than Metro and the move could cost jobs.
Carren Jao writes that so many neighborhoods have been so separated — physically and culturally — for so long, it’s going to take more than transit to erase those boundaries. Until the Crenshaw/LAX Line is ever extended north, Carren suggests some art groups helping bridge the gaps.
Interesting very choice in the headline — they mean vanishing as in lower ridership not vanishing as if disappearing, becoming invisible or secretly being transported through a wormhole to a glorious new dimension in a one-seat ride. Kidding aside, the Weekly interviews subway riders and hears a variety of gripes, including the need for more frequent service, the need for lower fares and the need for restrooms at stations.
That last one was studied a couple years ago by Metro staff at the request of the Metro Board. The verdict: keeping restrooms clean and safe would likely be very expensive and, besides, many other transit agencies do not offer restrooms either.
Kinda neat for those who absolutely fret about downtime from their smartphones.
Recent How We Rolls
Feb. 5: can personal virtue ever drive up transit ridership?
Feb. 4: would the Expo Line have won KPCC’s bike-car-bus race between DTLA and DTSM?
Feb. 3: will bus-only lanes rise again?
Feb. 2: the hills are alive with more talk about transit ridership.
Jan. 29: ridership, bike share and the Delhi car ban.
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