Reminder: buses and trains run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday.
Reminder 2: have a great Labor Day weekend! If you can, step away from the internet slowly.
Reminder 3: here’s how to get to the L.A. County Fair using transit. If you’re going, have a fried salad with dressing on the side for me!
Go Rams!: Looks like it’s going to be Case Keenum as the starting QB with Sean Mannion as backup and Jared Goff as No. 3. I like seeing NFL teams not rush rookie QBs into the lineup but it’s a little unusual to see a No. 1 draft pick at third string. In any event, 16 days until the Seahawks come to the Coliseum. Here’s how to Go Metro to see the NFL and the NFL-lite (read: college football) at the Coliseum and Rose Bowl.
Reminder 4: The Source’s highly-anticipated preseason NFL playoff picks from yours truly and Joe Lemon are coming next week. I know. You can’t wait.
Holiday Weekend Twitter Things:
— Big Blue Bus (@SMBigBlueBus) September 2, 2016
— PublicTransportation (@APTA_Transit) September 2, 2016
— Matt Tinoco (@onthatbombshell) September 1, 2016
It’s probably better to not put your fingers over the camera lens. But who am I to question a marketing campaign?
— 89.3 KPCC (@KPCC) September 2, 2016
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week. https://t.co/8oacbgjxbj
— New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) September 2, 2016
— TransportationGov (@USDOT) September 2, 2016
— US Fish and Wildlife (@USFWS) September 2, 2016
Four letters in response to the LAT article last week on Expo Line on-time performance in June. A couple letters make the point that trains are still more reliable than the vagaries of traffic west of DTLA. That’s a good point. Other readers aren’t so charitable.
These are just four letters but I do think they offer a good microcosm of the very different ways that folks in our region approach traffic. Some live with it and others would rather, in their words, ride a hay wagon than sit on the freeway. At this time, I’m sad to report that no ‘Hay Line’ is in the works. But if I ever find a time machine and end up government blogging in the 19th century, I’m certainly going to mention it to the bosses.
The project seeks to build a pedestrian and bike path in phases between the Crenshaw Line, Blue Line and Los Angeles River. This good post does a good job looking at some of the routes under study — with the east half of thep project between the Blue Line and river posing a lot of challenges. We’ll have more on this soon.
Who is lining up to fight Measure M (Streetsblog LA)
A look at some of the groups that are opposing or might oppose Metro’s sales tax ballot measure.Obviously the coin has another side: there are also groups that support the measure. For extremely-caffeinated readers, there’s a long back-and-forth in the comments between an elected official and Streetsblog readers. It’s actually heartening to see a bunch of men avoiding the darker corners of the internet in the wee hours!
Here’s the ballot measure page on metro.net. I encourage everyone to spend some time clicking around and looking at the various documents and reading as much press coverage as they can on this and other items on the Nov. 8 ballot. And if you haven’t registered to vote yet — please do so.
Related: Over at Curbed, a fantasy map of the Metro system in the year 2090 has been posted. It’s fun but I’ve gotta play Stern Dad and remind everyone that many of these projects aren’t part of any official plan.
Here’s how it is described:
The program, which will initially only be available in the San Francisco area, aims to swiftly match drivers and riders heading in the same direction to create a seamless, Uber-like ride-hailing experience. The difference? It will be far cheaper and aimed at commuters rather than barhopping Millennials: Drivers get a small reimbursement of up to 54 cents per mile to cover gas and expenses (that’s the maximum you can deduct for business use of a car, per the IRS), and riders are limited to two trips a day, between work and home.
I suppose the difference between this and old-timey carpooling is that usually people organize carpoolers themselves or use a service to help match them with fellow carpoolers.
Maybe this is smart but I’m not sure I want to jump in a car with any ol’ bloke who happens to be going in the same direction — at least ride hailing companies and taxis make some attempt to hire/screen drivers. Okay, maybe I’m an Old Goat incapable of change. Or maybe I’m smart. Does this service appeal to any of you? You are also free to comment on whether I’m smart, unsmart or reek of complete mediocrity.
It’s funny. I was recently sitting in a car in heavy traffic in Chinatown thinking the same thing: where are all the cars?
Putting aside the clickbait headline, the article — which relies heavily on data from Uber — shows that ride hailing has become popular in the L.A. area, but doesn’t really show that car ownership rates have dropped. There’s an interesting nugget about one man who explored the cost of car ownership versus ride hailing. I think you could get a better deal than a $458 per month lease and I would also suggest that it’s probably better to own than lease.
Someone in the Boston area has a sense of humor about their local transit system. Examples:
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