From the Dept. of Bidenjam:
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) September 9, 2016
Other things from Twitter/Instagram:
@metrolosangeles Noise is out of hand on buses, who do I write a letter to about amplified music and talking on cell phones?
— Rachel Parsons (@peregrinedame) September 9, 2016
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) September 9, 2016
— Andy Freeland (@rouge8) September 9, 2016
@metrolosangeles Having a "schedule" that is never followed. i.e. Expo line.
— Ronnie Yen (@CPThrio) September 2, 2016
Still blown away by how clean/safe/fast/easy my ride on @metrolosangeles was last week. Can't overstate how major this is for LA.
— Chrysanthe Tenentes (@eqx1979) September 6, 2016
@metrolosangeles a couple guys had to take action & kick out a guy that was harassing some passengers. We need more security on board.
— C W (@inmygirlshoes) September 2, 2016
My look at LA's big plan for making shared, self-driving vehicles part of a transit system that serves all Angelenos //t.co/JJK784Y5V6
— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) September 9, 2016
@awalkerinLA A lot of interestingness but I think report glosses over the fact that driving & having a car makes a lot of people happy.
— stevehymon (@stevehymon) September 9, 2016
The report comes a transportation fellow who has been working with the city of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation. Alissa’s write-up at Curbed provides an excellent overview of the report, which lays out a vision for making roads safer, reducing parking and using a fleet of small self-driving buses to get people around efficiently and quickly.
The idea, of course, is to reduce the need for everyone to feel like they must own a car to get around. I can actually see it happening in parts of some large cities where there is already density, high-capacity transit (read: trains) and little room for cars. I think outside the cities, things get a lot tougher, especially politically.
And thus my tweet above. I think there’s a community of people who really feel the need for the way personal transportation in the U.S. works — and they have a ton of good points about the benefits of changing things up. But I also think there’s an equally large or larger community of people who like many things about our current way of getting around, even with the problems it creates.
So who knows what the future holds (warning: mild adultish language). As the guy says on ESPN, that’s why they play the game.
Things to read whilst transiting: Chicago Cubs fans will likely pay at least $2,300 for a ticket to see their beloved losers play a World Series game, should the team get that far. As we noted yesterday, the Cubs will have to vanquish two of the following teams also likely to qualify for the playoffs: the Dodgers (quadruple jinx!), Giants, Nationals, Mets or Cardinals.
Things to listen to whilst transiting: Joe Lemon and I have issued our Super Bowl 51 predictions via podcast: I’ve got the Vikings playing the Bengals and Joe goes with the Patriots and Cardinals — who happen to play this Sunday night on NBC. The Broncos certainly looked good last night and, yes, I’m only saying that because my boss is crazy for the Broncos. 😇 Quasi-related: looks to me like the Cowboys are on Sunday Night Football about three too many times. Blech.
The gist of it: “The legislation, SB 32, requires the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a much more ambitious target than the previous goal of hitting 1990 levels by 2020.”
Later in the article: “Perhaps the biggest challenge is getting more clean cars on the roads, a key issue in a sprawling state where residents can face long commutes to work.”
And this — the bill doesn’t directly address the state’s cap-and-trade program, which is used to fund transportation and transit projects. The state’s bullet train project is relying on cap-trade money, for example, in order to build the initial stretch between the Central Valley and the Bay Area.
Obviously targets shouldn’t be mistaken for action. But it’s impressive that California is striving to make significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. I’ll add a couple things: generally speaking, taking transit instead of driving alone is one way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. And, second, I think more high-quality transit projects that give people an alternative to driving alone would be very helpful.
This is part of an series of articles looking at Obama’s two terms as President. The reporters take a critical look at Barack Obama’s policies on climate change, giving him credit for signing laws that will cut greenhouse gas from across the U.S. economy but also suggesting he could have done more — in particular by better working with Republicans on a federal cap-trade program.
Related: the American pika — a very cute lagomorph found at high elevations — is having trouble coping with warming temperatures in three mountain ranges in the West.
Will the Cincinnati Streetcar raise property values? (Cincy Enquirer)
After 10 years of talk and planning and construction and controversy, my hometown is finally opening their 3.6-mile downtown streetcar this weekend. As with most streetcar projects, this one was sold partially on its ability to attract development along its route.
The Enquirer, however, looked at real estate values along the route and has found that overall they’re not much different than in 2008. That said, the gentrification of the area continues although it’s anyone’s guess whether the streetcar was the impetus or it was something more organic that came about.
I’m curious to see the thing in action during my next visit, but I don’t think it does much for what ails the Cincy metro area — rampant, car-centric suburban growth. That has resulted in many communities in which driving is the only option, resulting in horrible, horrible traffic.
Ford buys bus shuttle Chariot (recode)
More proof that everyone wants to be in the personal mobility game. Chariot is a privately- run system of vans that run in San Francisco, mostly on fixed routes. It’s typically $3 to $5 for a ride or $119 for a monthly pass. A monthly pass for SF Muni buses and light along with BART is $86.
It sounds like Chariot wants to eventually get to be an on-demand system in which routes are determined by where people are going. But they’re not there yet. Public transit, as we all know, is hardly an exercise in making profits and it will be if the private sector can change that. I am skeptical given the costs involved: vehicles, mechanics, drivers and technology. Then again, maybe there’s a ton of people willing to pay more not to ride a public bus or train.
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