The hunt for the suspect or suspects in a shooting at a mall has shut down much of Germany’s third-largest city, including public transportation. This is a developing story.
Azusa to Santa Monica by rail; it can be done, not quickly but cheaply (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
Reporter David Allen’s journey began on the Gold Line at 4:10 p.m. at APU/Citrus Station, continued on the Red/Purple Line subway in DTLA and ended at 6:11 p.m. when the Expo Line arrived in downtown Santa Monica. As he notes, that’s 40 miles for $1.75 fare. He came away mostly impressed. Of course, then there was the return journey:
It had taken two hours to get to Santa Monica from Azusa, probably not much different than if I had driven.
Driving home after dinner, though, might have taken 75 to 90 minutes. Instead, I left on foot at 8:30, boarded the train at 8:55, arrived at Seventh Street at 9:40, boarded the Gold Line at 10:15, got to Azusa at 11:05 and pulled into my driveway at 11:30 — three hours after leaving the restaurant.
That was tiring. On the bright side, my round trip cost $3.50, or 50 cents less than my friend paid to park. At about 70 cents per hour of travel, I got my money’s worth.
Will that ride ever be quicker? Yes. The Regional Connector project — which is tying together the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in DTLA — will eliminate the need to ride the subway and eliminate one transfer and make the other one shorter. At some point in the future, the Expo Line will run more frequently and Metro and the city of L.A. working together, may find a way to shave some time off the trip by adjusting traffic signal priority.
One thing to stress: 40 miles is a long way to go on a local transit system. The longest possible ride on the New York Subway, for example, is “the train from 241st Street in the Bronx, with a transfer to the Far Rockaway-bound Train (more than 38 miles),” according to the New York MTA.
Metro’s sales tax ballot measure may be headed toward the Nov. 8 ballot, but the agency is prohibited by law from formal campaigning and fundraising — although the agency is certainly allowed to provide information about the Los Angeles Country Traffic Improvement Plan.
As for the ballot measure campaign, it will be run by the L.A. Mayor’s longtime campaign manager Bill Carrick and his deputy chief of staff, Rick Jacobs, who is taking a leave of absence from work.
To learn more about the ballot measure plan, please click here.
As we noted the other day, these kind of restraining orders are difficult once work begins. The suit alleges that some of the work to prepare for tunneling would have required easements that Metro doesn’t yet have. “A Metro spokesman said Thursday that the agency “remains confident” that the necessary permits and easements are in place to continue to prepare for tunneling, which is expected to begin later this year,” reports the LAT.
Nice piece. Stephen had previously used bike share in Gotham and really liked it — but thought it was something that would appeal mostly to tourists. He expected the same of Metro’s DTLA bike share until he had the chance to try it and found, among other benefits, that: he didn’t have to plan ahead or concern himself with bus/train schedules, he could use it for one-way trips, he didn’t need to bring a lock and that it better connected him to his city. A thoughtful post, particularly for you bike share skeptics.
That’s because it was made by Mercedes-Benz. The bus is semi self-driving and will be tested on a bus rapid transit line in the Netherlands. The carmaker is touting the bus as the perfect vehicle for BRT lines.
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