Things to listen to whilst transiting: Amusing Judge John Hodgman that is also mobility related. Episode description: “Ty files suit against her partner Zach. Zach is obsessed with earning and using airline points and miles. Ty also likes to travel, but she wants to give up the crazy schemes and choose their vacation destinations and itineraries the “normal” way.”
Heads Up 1!: The Metro Board’s Planning Committee will hear a presentation from Metro staff on the revised spending plan for the potential sales tax ballot measure. The committee is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. today. Audio and video is streamed live — a link will appear here when the meeting begins.
Art of Transit:
Wait is it not okay to bike in bus lanes? (LA Weekly)
The issue: does the L.A. Sheriff’s Department have the authority to cite cyclists for impeding traffic while riding in a bus lane — where bikes are permitted. Metro’s perspective:
Metro spokesman Rick Jager insists that officers are well within their rights to reprimand cyclists biking in bus lanes — if they think the cyclists are impeding traffic.
“Traffic enforcement staff can use their discretion to ensure that the bus traffic proceeds unimpeded,” Jager says. “For example, [in] a case where bus traffic is significantly backed up behind one or two cyclists, the deputy can make contact with cyclists.”
He adds: “These buses haul 40 to 80 people at a clip. If they’re stuck behind a cyclist, that’s unfair to people using public transit as well. It’s kind of a ‘share’ idea. It’s not a dedicated bike lane.”
The challenge, of course, is that it’s often difficult for cyclists to move to the right and allow buses to pass. There also seems to be agreement that the existing laws are open to interpretation.
Our take on the Metro ballot measure revise (Investing in Place)
The group calls for more investment in active transportation — i.e. walking and biking projects — and more guarantees for particular projects.
As new development goes up — literally — and not out, architect Wendy Gilmartin would like to see some more inspiring designs. Concur. Some of the new buildings look pretty predictable.
California funds greater use of electric heavy-duty trucks (Transport Topics)
Hard to argue with this. The 710 South project, btw, is studying this very issue — hoping to clean up trucks traveling between the ports and the rail yards.
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