From the Dept. of Welcome to My Chocolate Factory: RIP, Gene Wilder. I think “Willy Wonka” was one of the first movies I ever saw in a movie theater. And “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Silver Streak” and “Stir Crazy” were all fun movies back in my more youthful days of yore. Here’s the NYT obit. And one of the great entrances in cinema:
Art of Transit:
Art of Transit 2:
Quasi-related: Metro’s innovation office has some thoughts on the future of transit and ride hailing.
Art of Transit 3:
Dept of Go Metro to Rams Games:
As I’ve written before, the NFL preseason is almost completely without meaning — it exists basically to separate fans from dollars. That said, looks like Jared Goff will remain the QB of the Future and not the QB of 2016 unless Case Keenum really stinks it up. When I’m the king and running my own QB-challenged NFL franchise, I’d probably try to swing a trade with the Bengals for A.J. McCarron. I think he’s the real deal although Cincy’s terrific offensive line certainly helps. Related: how to Go Metro to see the Rams at the Coliseum.
And from the Dept. of Climate Change:
— Scientific American (@sciam) August 29, 2016
Reminder: generally speaking, taking transit instead of driving alone is a good way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The story looks at data from Metro from June and finds that 24 percent of Expo trains — and 35 percent during peak hours — were five minutes or more behind schedule. The Expo Line was also more likely to be late than Metro’s other rail lines.
Metro officials say there are several reasons for the delays in June and that the Expo Line’s schedules may be adjusted as part of the December service changes if problems persist. Metro is also planning to increase Expo Line rush hour service from every 12 minutes to every six minutes in December, as long as enough new light rail cars arrive and are available for regular service. Excerpt:
The downtown project, known as the Regional Connector, will allow light-rail trains to travel seamlessly from Azusa to Long Beach and from East L.A. to Santa Monica without stopping. It will also dramatically increase the number of trains passing through shared tunnels beneath downtown.
“This system is going to get more complicated and increasingly difficult to manage,” Gallagher said. “It’s going to take a lot of brainpower on our part to keep those trains on time.”
The LAT article relied on data from Metro for the month of June. My question for daily Expo riders (I’m not a daily rider): how has service been over the summer? Comment please or email me.
Real-time bus data to be added to 300 stops (Curbed LA)
One of the items approved by the Metro Board last week was a plan to add electronic signs to 300 busy bus stops showing real-time bus arrival info, service alerts and detour info. The signs are set to debut next summer and then roll out over the next year.
Long Beach won’t get a seat on the Metro Board — at least not yet (Press Telegram)
Another look at SB 1379, which State Sen. Tony Medoza said last week that he was dropping. The bill would have greatly expanded the Metro Board of Directors, with supporters saying it would give more voice to smaller cities in Los Angeles County.
Opponents — which included the Metro Board — said those cities are already represented by the five County Supervisors and the four Board Members who each represent a block of county cities. As I noted last week, Metro Board Chair John Fasana addressed this issue at last week’s Board meeting; clikc to the 6:15 mark in the web stream below.
But what does it mean to be hit in the face with a red snapper?
I want to contend that the story of the fish in the face is just that. I want to believe that in the early hours of March 10, 2013, while riding the G train home in Brooklyn, I was hit in the face with a fish, and that there is nothing more to say about it.
Well, it’s an excellent drinking story in the wake of last week’s NY Post bugs-on-the-NY-subway story. LAT reporter Laura Nelson asked Twitter for other weird transit tales. See her stream for some additional weirdness. My favorite response (and one of the less gross ones):
@laura_nelson I once saw a man seated on a moped, wearing a full motorcycle helmet, on a packed rush-hour 2/3 train in Manhattan.
— Theodoric Meyer (@theodoricmeyer) August 26, 2016
Things to read whilst transiting: Peter King’s MMQB is always an informative read if you dig pro football. Back from touring NFL training camps, King writes:
Now that I’m back from the training camp, one observation from the journey was about the progress of so many cities in bringing people back downtown. Cincinnati, with a vastly improved riverfront, is one, and I wrote about the Queen City a couple of weeks ago. There are others: Milwaukee, with a terrific and livable Third Ward, home to more than 400 businesses downtown; Houston, a good walking city when it’s not stiflingly humid, with the revitalized area around the baseball stadium; Baltimore, with the new construction (much by Under Armour) in needy areas, plus the classic old restaurants in places like Little Italy; and San Diego. I can’t say enough about how great San Diego has become, particularly around Petco Park. Two other gems in smaller cities: Green Bay has done a terrific job with brew pubs and restaurants downtown, and Spartanburg, S.C., (summer home of the Panthers) has some nice places featuring local fare and great walks.
I know zero about urban planning, but I know progress when I see it. And there’s a lot of that happening out there.
I’d add L.A. to the list! Mr. King also some words about Mr. Goff and his 48 percent completion rate.
Finally, if you don’t have time to watch the entire movie while at work, the condensed version. Warning: some mild adult-ish humor:
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