The first six months of this year were crazy busy with two rail extension openings and the ballot measure. And now it’s a summer Friday and kind of quiet transpo-wise. Nonetheless, let’s see what’s happening…
Art of Transit — there’s buses and trains down there somewhere:
— WilshireGrandCenter (@Wilshire_Grand) July 15, 2016
Art of Transit, Sort Of:
More Art of Transity, Sort Of:
Coming soon to a NoHo near you:
— James Askew for NoHo (@JamesAskew4NoHo) July 15, 2016
Nothing against Oklahoma:
— thatonesamoanchick (@auntysia) July 15, 2016
On that note…
From the Dept. of Augmented Reality:
— railLA (@railLAorg) July 15, 2016
Of course, the real world is filled with all sorts of strange creatures, if you just put down your dumb phone and look…
From the Dept. We’re Building a Subway:
— Purple Line Ext (@PurpleLineExt) July 15, 2016
Looks like the deal between the city and Metro is coming together. Metro already has 200 spaces in the downtown Azusa garage; under the deal Metro would pay Azusa $31,000 a year to lease another 145 spaces for Metro riders. The spaces will be part of the permit program Metro began earlier this summer and 20 percent of the spots will be reserved for Azusa residents. The free Metro spots will remain on the top floor.
Metro notified its permit holders on Thursday that they can begin using these spaces, which are on the ground floor of the garage.
As Streetsblog notes, this isn’t a permanent solution — Azusa may need the parking spaces in the future. The city is looking at some other locations nearby to expand parking, which has been in very high demand since the Gold Line extension opened in March. Azusa is currently the end-of-the-line for the train, meaning a lot of folks are driving to the train from SGV cities to the east and south.
Bike share updates: SaMo, WeHo & DTLA (Streetsblog LA)
Joe Linton checks in with the upcoming WeHo system and the existing bike shares in SaMo (new mostly lower prices) and the DTLA run by Metro (new everything). He has some good observations on the DTLA scene, noting that very few bikes are seen out and about quite yet with the system only open to annual or monthly passholders until Aug. 1.
The awful logic of commuting via UberPool (Mobilizing the Region)
We mentioned earlier this week that UberPool would soon offer monthly passes for unlimited rides in Manhattan below 125th Street (read: below Harlem). Also interesting besides the unseemly choice of boundary is that Uber is going to price the passes significantly below the cost of a NYC Subway monthly pass. Opines Mobilizing the Region:
Here we have an example of something that looks like a good idea from a microeconomic perspective (I can ride in a car for cheaper than the subway? Sign me up!) but from a macroeconomic perspective, it’s a terrible one (If everyone took a car to work in Manhattan, nobody would get to work on time).
And yet, they also acknowledge this reality: subway service can be tough in Manhattan. There are delays, it’s crowded, the stations are not air conditioned, the subway may not take you door-to-door. And there are things like this…
@metrolosangeles what's going on with the expo line from Santa Monica? We've been stopped between downtown Santa Monica/17th for a WHILE.
— Corianda Dimes (@corianda) July 15, 2016
@metrolosangeles seriously… We've been stopped at every stop for min. 10 minutes with the doors closed.
— Corianda Dimes (@corianda) July 15, 2016
— whaleriot (@whaleriot) July 15, 2016
Of course, if everyone starts driving then we’re setting ourselves up for an enhancement of the classic tragedy of the commons. Then again, it’s a free country and I can see the appeal of this. Your thoughts?
Quasi-related: a new study by the International Energy Agency says that air pollution is responsible for 6.5 million deaths each year around the globe. A lot of blame is directed toward the energy industry, which relies heavily on burning fossil fuels.
Quasi-related to that: if you want to do something about climate change, generally speaking taking transit rather than driving alone is a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Cal State LA gets it:
— Cal State LA (@CalStateLA) July 15, 2016
What mayors care about most (Governing)
The National League of Cities compiled the transcripts of 100 State of the City speeches across the U.S. Nothing terribly surprising: job creation, public safety, the environment as usual were topics frequently discussed by mayors.
Perhaps the most worthy nugget: housing was mentioned more than in the past — again not surprising given some of the tremendous surges in real estate and rental prices we’ve seen locally and in other cities. Quasi-related: the friend I visited in the Bay Area last weekend said that her rent goes up 10 to 15 percent each year and is consuming half her salary. Ouch.
A park beneath New York City’s sidewalks (Citylab)
Gotham officials have approved a one-acre underground park in the space that used to be a trolley turnaround near the Williamsburg Bridge. Great cities are always finding new ways to create open space. Speaking of, the park in the Cornfields in northern DTLA is really coming along and will be easy to access via the Gold Line’s Chinatown Station.
From the Dept. of Other Government Agencies: Check it out, the National Park Service’s map page has one map that shows parks with bears.
Speaking of the outdoors….any Source readers ever backpack to Honeymoon Lake from the Pine Creek Trailhead (it’s north of Bishop)? If so, I have a few questions. Email me.
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