After being exiled to Ohio last week, I think I may actually be caught up with my work this week. You be the judge…
Ridership estimates: Here are the estimates (key word!) for the Expo Line in May — the extension to Santa Monica opened at noon on May 20 (all May ridership estimates are here):
Things to read whilst transiting 1: “No city in the country is more exciting than Los Angeles right now,” says the “36 Hours in Los Angeles” feature in the NYT. The Expo Line, Gold Line and the coming-soon DTLA bike share all get mentions and — get this — with no accompanying snark. Nice piece with a wide variety of suggestions. And now I want to go bowling in Highland Park.
Things to read whilst transiting 2: a 1980 SI profile of hockey legend Gordie Howe, who passed away today.
Things to listen to whilst transiting: Re-remembering Muhammed Ali on NPR’s Code Switch podcast.
And, “Inside HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ on NPR’s Fresh Air podcast. “Silicon Valley” is the best show on TV, IMHO. The New Yorker also has a similar article.
From the Dept of Reminders: The first of 22-weekend closures begins tonight at 8 p.m. on Wilshire Boulevard for decking work on the future Wilshire/La Brea subway station for the Purple Line Extension. Details and detour map here. And that means that the 20 and 720 buses will also be detoured around the construction zone.
From the Dept of Future News: Metro is releasing the revised spending plan for the agency’s potential sales tax ballot measure later this afternoon. We’ll have a blog post up as soon as the plan is publicly available.
Art of Transit:
From the Dept. of Transit-Oriented Photo Exhibits:
From the Dept of Things That Show Up in Other Firms’ Marketing Materials:
Eyes on the street: Expo 2 still has parking available (Streetsblog LA)
Perhaps one big reason why: more people in the morning are riding westbound to West L.A. and Santa Monica than going eastbound. Also, Expo 2 has really good bus and bike connections.
Thanks to a bizarre state law, L.A. must complete speed studies on streets every seven to 10 years. If the studies are not completed — and, guess what, they haven’t been in much of L.A. — then police are not allowed to use radar to detect speeders.
The nut of it: speed limits on many streets aren’t being enforced and won’t until speed limits are raised, something that officials support.
BART bond will be on November ballot (Streetsblog SF)
One of many transit-related items going to voters this fall. This one is to allow BART to issue $3.5-billion in bonds to bring the rail system into a state of good repair.
In this op-ed, Ali Swenson argues that walking options are already there but we’ve become too conditioned to not walking.
It turns out, when you slow down and walk — just to walk — you start to appreciate the city in ways you wouldn’t otherwise. You build a sense of community on the street.
Walking integrates us into the city. Driving isolates us from it. Just like babies learning to walk, we’ll stumble as we adjust to our city that’s still built for cars. Walking in L.A. isn’t always pretty. But unless we get out and practice — unless we take the leap of faith — there will never be an incentive to make this city safer and more enjoyable for pedestrians. And that prospect is far scarier than taking the first step.
Mia Lehrer chosen to design DTLA’s latest park (Curbed LA)
This is on the long-blighted parcel on 1st Street between Spring and Broadway — and next to Grand Park. This, the Los Angeles State Historic Park (which is coming along nicely), the Pershing Square makeover, the future green space in front of Union Station. All signs point toward a greener and more human-friendly DTLA.
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