So….I did something I rarely do on Tuesday and drove to the Westside. I was taking photos of Expo Line train testing and wanted to shoot from a number of locations.
My last stop was at the corner of Colorado Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, where the Expo tracks cross Lincoln. After grabbing a meatball hoagie at Bay Cities Italian deli, it was 3:45 p.m. — already more than 90 minutes into rush hour when everyone starts leaving SaMo and West L.A. and headed east.
I did the same. I decided to try surface streets to get past the 405 — Broadway to Ohio to Santa Monica to Westwood to Pico to Overland to the freeway entrance. I then took the 10 to downtown L.A. and switched to the northbound 110.
By the time I pulled into Chez Steve on the east side of Pasadena…
The answer is at the bottom of this post.
Which reminds me: Metro CEO Phil Washington will announce the opening date for the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica after tomorrow’s Board meeting — a good alternative to the hell that is the Santa Monica Freeway. I’ll post the news tomorrow along with a whole mess of exciting new train testing pics and other nuggets of light rail wisdom.
Do you ride-hail to Metro stations? In yesterday’s poll, nearly 62 percent of readers said they had. Interesting.
The proposal burped forth earlier this month for a $2.5-billion, 16-mile route along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. It sounds like a hybrid streetcar-light rail line that would certainly be the nation’s most elaborate streetcar-type thing.
Perhaps most interesting is that the project was proposed by the city of New York — not the New York MTA. Which raises another set of questions: who is going to pay for it and would it have a separate fare system than the New York Subway (overseen by the MTA)?
It’s far from clear what the city of Los Angeles may do: but Mayor Eric Garcetti says that some type of new revenues are needed to tackle the city’s share of our regional homeless problem.
Thus, the city could pursue a bond, a sales tax increase or new document fees. Each has its own challenges. As for sales tax increase, attentive Source readers know that Metro is also considering a long-range plan update and potential ballot measure to help pay for the plan’s projects and programs. Stay tuned.
How WeHo is fighting for its own subway (LA Magazine)
WeHo residents have always been supportive of transit and now the city is making a more concerted push for a northern extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line that would swing through WeHo and end at the Red Line in Hollywood.
“The mobility plan calls for 9.3 miles of protected bike lanes and 5.5 miles of pedestrian greenways in the roughly two-square-mile downtown core,” reports Next City.
Interesting nugget: the city will consider building the lanes all at once in order to create a network, rather than put the lanes together piecemeal. DTSD has wide roads and officials say they’ll either take a lane from car traffic or perhaps go with narrower lanes. Currently, DTSD has very little in the way of bike infrastructure.
To quote a famous San Diegan, don’t act like you’re not impressed.
Cash flow is a problem for ‘Lexus’ lanes on L.A.-area freeways (Los Angeles News Group)
The LANG newspapers don’t like the ExpressLanes concept, period — as this editorial makes clear. They’re especially unhappy these days that single motorists are allowed to use them at all, saying the ExpressLanes should be used only to get carpoolers moving again.
The Metro Board in January approved a slight increase in tolls during peak hours to help keep traffic in the lanes moving at a minimum of 45 mph. Here’s the staff report. As for the ‘Lexus Lanes” label, that’s an old one and Metro has found customers from all sorts of communities are using the lanes.
A Virginia Tech study analyzed three years worth of data and found that dialing a cell phone increases the chance of a crash by a factor of 12, reading or writing by 10 and texting by six. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is still much more dangerous, but researchers found that distractions played a role in 70 percent of serious crashes they studied.
Good see numbers attached based on research but not much here we don’t already know, eh?
CORRECT ANSWER: It took me two hours, 12 minutes. The most grueling stretch, as it turned out, was the 110 through DTLA. I probably would have been better off winding through DTLA and taking Huntington Boulevard to San Marino to Pasadena or staying on the 10 to the 5 to the 110.
Recent How We Rolls:
Feb. 23: how many readers have used ride-hailing to get to and from Metro stations? And, a new bike path to connect the Duarte/City of Hope station to the San Gabriel River Bikeway.
Feb. 22: another L.A. rail dreams map, sales tax increase proposal in Long Beach.
Feb. 19: is there funding to get the bullet train to either Nor Cal or So Cal?
Feb. 18: of density, traffic and transit in Los Angeles and elsewhere.
Feb. 16: bullet train versus drought, roundup of new Metro staff reports.
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