Things to listen to whilst transiting:
Art of Transit:
Actually, 63 years. Nice piece by Alissa Walker, who admits she got a little choked up as the train mades its way toward Santa Monica. She even has video to prove it, including the inevitable clips of media-interviewing-media.
And what did Alissa think? Excerpt:
As you can see on some of the schedules and timetables from back in the day, the Air Line advertised travel times of a little over an hour from downtown LA to Santa Monica. Metro, LA’s transit authority, is saying right now that the Expo Line will take about 50 minutes to travel the route when it opens. This is a frustrating part of LA’s car-centric reality—although the train travels on a dedicated right-of-way and above some busy streets, at several places along the route the train makes crossings where it must be stopped for vehicular traffic. However, as several people explain in the video, travel times will improve as Metro is able to collect information that will allow it to optimize traffic flow.
She also wonders how the limited parking situation will impact ridership and praises officials in Los Angeles County for playing the “long game” when it comes to building a transit network. If you watch the video long enough, she never quite says that the Expo Line will change The Course of Entire Human History, but she does suggest that it’s a Mighty Big Step Forward For Our Lil’ Corner of The Planet.
Tip of the cap: At the 39:00 mark of the video Alissa interviews L.A. Council Member and Metro Board Member Mike Bonin, who says that credit for the Expo Line doesn’t go to the folks on the media train — i.e. his pol colleagues — but to the rail activists that fought for the project for many years.
If the embedded video doesn’t work, hit the link above.
Universal bike path on a five-year plan (BikingInL.A.)
In Feb. 2008, I co-wrote a story in the LAT about the prospect of Universal Studios allowing a bike path along the L.A. River to go through its property. The bike path is a smidge closer to reality, although could still take five years to complete, reports BikinginL.A.
Being suitably pessimistic, let’s say it takes five years. 2016 + 5 = 2021; 2021-2008 = 13. Meaning that a relatively short segment of bike path could be complete only 13 years after I wrote about it. And keep in mind that the 2008 LAT story was suitably late to the party — at that time, efforts to get the path built had long been underway.
Fun nugget from 2008, btw:
One bike advocate said Universal executives told him they feared that people would use the path to lob unsolicited screenplays onto the studio’s nearby production lot — something that apparently happens at other spots when a Universal film scores big at the box office.
Quasi-related: Attentive readers may recall that I recently accused Universals’ “Jurassic World” of being the single worst movie in movie history. In the sequel, I propose that the dinosaurs escape to Los Angeles (they already visited San Diego) and learn to ride giant-sized bicycles while various underwritten characters scream at them for screwing up traffic.
Number of homeless rises in L.A. County (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority)
This was widely reported last week. Journalism Enthusiasts may want to check out how the official news release handles the news. Hint: it rhymes with “berry.”
Metro ridership April numbers (Metro.net)
The latest estimates are in — keep in mind they are based on numbers collected over the prior several months. The Gold Line — thanks to the Azusa extension — helped buoy the rail numbers, which were about the same as April 2015. Bus numbers slipped.
It will be interesting in a few months to see how the Expo and Gold extensions impact the numbers — I think they’ll help lift the entire system. The Blue Line remains down (perhaps because of ongoing maintenance work) and that probably also impacts the Red/Purple Line numbers (many folks transfer from the Blue Line to Red/Purple).
Throat clear. Not all them are crumbling, btw. The short answer to headline is because the subway in Washington D.C. is crumbling and D.C. is home to the nation’s largest herd of politicians.
Speaking of the Washington Metro, the agency just released its plan to repair the subway in the next year. That plan includes significant closures of stretches of track and service reductions. Here’s the agency GM explaining it:
Well, as long as you don’t count the paying of workers part of the project. Not shocking to me — President Petrov seems like a no-nonsense sort who takes what he wants, Claire included.
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