Department of I’m Just Trying to Help/Things to listen to whilst transiting: For younger riders scratching their heads at the geezer rock lineup at this fall’s Desert Trip in Coachella, I recommend streaming “Let It Bleed” from the Stones. Consider it a lesson in pop culture history. Here’s the title track performed live. Warning: semi-naughty lyrical references although pretty tame stuff compared to some of the things I’ve heard emanating from riders’ phones and headphones.
Things to read whilst transiting: sales of ping pong tables to tech firms in the Bay Area are dropping, perhaps signaling a tech bubble about to burst, so reports the WSJ. BTW, if you’re not watching “Silicon Valley” on a regular basis, you should be.
Art of Transit:
Coverage of last week’s City Council meeting where officials approved two new parking permit districts on streets near the station and some three-hour parking limits on other streets. The key excerpt:
The downtown parking structure, paid for in part by Metro, Foothill Transit and the city, allocates a portion of spaces to each agency. Many of the city-owned and Foothill Transit-designated spaces remain vacant on a daily basis.
Macias said the city may try to partner up with Metro to lease some of the available spaces in the garage until additional parking can be secured. In addition, he said the city is discussing opening its transit yard for parking, but they would like Metro to help pay for a shuttle to transport passengers to and from the station.
Metro Spokesman Dave Sotero said the operations department has been in close discussions with the city of Azusa.
“There are things cooking that will help address these parking issues,” he said.
Gentle reminder: the Irwindale parking garage is not filling as quickly as the Azusa garages and there’s often parking available later in the morning rush hour at Monrovia Station. The Sierra Madre Villa garage in Pasadena also has plenty of spaces.
Culver City cluster (Let’s Go L.A.)
A good look at the root causes of the awfulness of the intersection of Venice and Robertson boulevards and the missing crosswalk on the west side of the junction. The intersection is next to the Expo Line’s Culver City Station.
Kind of related: The city of Los Angeles was ordered to pay $23.7-million in damages for being liable for a flawed intersection in San Pedro where a man was killed three years ago, reports the LAT.
Sort of Related: As I watched yet another motorist run yet another red light while zooming through yet another crosswalk in Pasadena last evening, I reminded myself that we could likely raise millions of dollars for the public good simply by enforcing existing traffic laws at intersections designed to protect walkers, cyclists and motorists. But no one listens to me.
Ridership hasn’t been this high since 1948. Crowding has become a big problem, with “platform controllers” deployed to key stations. What’s not really explained is why ridership has grown — my guess is the usual Gothamic reasons: the expense of having a car, the expense of taking a cab or ride hailing and an economy that must be doing well. Or well enough.
As mentioned recently on Streetsblog LA, transit ridership in the Greater New York area is one-third of the nation’s transit ridership. Hmmm.
Flooding has increasingly hit Isle de Jean Charles on the Louisiana coast and the feds have awarded a $48-million grant to resettle the several dozen residents. But not everyone wants to leave. The NYT casts the isle’s tale as a preview of what may come if/when climate change sparks more coastal flooding around the world. Intriguing story, excellent photos.
Dutiful reminder: taking transit rather than driving alone is generally speaking a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Take it away, Cincinnati Metro:
— Cincinnati Metro (@cincinnatimetro) May 3, 2016
This is why I like road trips. Delays at some airports have reached monstrous proportions due to increased scrutiny of travelers and TSA staff shortages.
Best anecdote in the story: In March in Charlotte, airport officials say it took some travelers three hours — not a misprint — to get through security. The TSA insists that waits never were more than 75 minutes. Well, okay.
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