Art of Transit:
From the Department of It Was Really Great to Go to Work Meetings Yesterday Instead of Go to the Grove on the Purple Line and 720 Rapid and Do Something Useful Like This:
Another difference between days of yore and the present: long online headlines versus the shorter headlines that had to fit in the print version of the paper!
Of course, this cuts both ways. The Measure R half-cent sales tax increase won with 67.9 percent of the vote in 2008 and then Measure J — a proposed extension of Measure R — lost with 66.1 percent of the vote in 2012, about a half-point shy of the 66.7 percent needed. Turnout was somewhat higher in ’08, if that was a factor.
How will it go for Measure M and the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, Metro’s new ballot measure that would raise the countywide sales tax by a half cent and extend Measure R? Hard to say — other than the two previous elections are probably good indicators that it will be very close.
Transpo reporter Laura Nelson does a deft job of handling a lot of different viewpoints on the current measure, ranging from the campaign to the supporter who doesn’t use transit but thinks more of it will help traffic to a doubter in the South Bay. Yet another expert says the ballot measure could also turn out to be a referendum on Metro’s current service: “That could cut either way, he said: commuters pleased with new rail options, or riders frustrated by service problems.”
Absentee ballots are due to be mailed to voters next week, meaning voting is just days away. Of course, we probably won’t know the results until early on Nov. 9 — if the county manages to efficiently count the votes.
Metro is also holding two telephone town halls next week. More info:
Telephone Town Hall Meetings, October 12 and October 19, 2016
Metro will host two telephone town hall meetings on Wednesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to educate the citizens of Los Angeles County on Measure M. Using innovative telephone technology, the senior staff will speak directly with members of the community providing information and answering questions on Measure M and other issues facing the agency. The town halls are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, October 12 6:30 – 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 19 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Thirty thousand registered voters will be called each evening, at random, through an automated system and invited to participate in the telephone forum. Those who choose to participate can hear about Measure M, Metro’s long range transportation plan, local bus and rail service, and other projects underway.
How to participate in the Telephone Town Hall
- In addition to automatic calls, you can also RSVP to receive an email reminder.
- On the day of the meeting, call the toll-free call-in number
- English: 888-400- 1932
- Spanish: 888-400- 9342
- Listen online to the Live Webcast from your browser
- ADA Language Accommodation
If you require an interpreter or other accommodations, please contact Metro at least 72 hours prior to the telephone town hall meeting date at 323-466- 3876 or California Relay Service at 711.Bundled parking and vehicle ownership (Journal of Transport and Land Use)
Attentive Source readers and urban denizens know that Figueroa Street in DTLA is not so much a street as a seven- to eight-land freeway that the city allowed to be carved through town once upon a time.
As mentioned above, winds are capable of changing direction and control of Fig has been wrested from the traffic engineers, old school planners and their political protectors. The project between Exposition Park and South Park will reduce the road to only five lanes and add protected bike lanes to each side of the street as well as new nice new transit stations for bus riders.
Sounds great. Hopefully the oft-interminable waits for pedestrians to cross Figueroa will also be reduced.
Quasi-related: under-rated Jefferson Starship song:
Bundled parking and vehicle ownership (Journal of Transport and Land Use)
This is just the abstract and it’s dense, but final sentence says it well: “Overall, the results suggest that when cities require parking with residential development, they increase vehicle ownership and use.”
Developers often don’t like having to include so much parking as it’s expensive to build, although I’m guessing some developers probably feel it helps sell units. Seems to me there’s an opening here for perhaps waiving some parking requirements and instead having a developer pay for transit improvements (something I’m sure is being done somewhere). Seems like something that could work in newer neighborhoods attracting a ton of development, i.e. the DTLA Arts District.
From the LAT: the “most advanced self-driving cars would no longer be required to have a licensed driver if federal officials deem them safe enough.”
From the NYT: “Strong standards will actually help the industry by reassuring people that companies are not using them as crash test dummies and that government has put in place strong safety regulations.”
At present, count me in “NOT REASSURED” category.
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