Come one, come all! The Metro Board of Directors — the agency’s ultimate deciders on so may things — is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. If you’re interested in watching/listening to the meeting online, click here.
A few things that might interest you:
•The Board will be considering expanding the Metro Bike Share program to Pasadena, the Port of Los Angeles and Venice by next summer.
•The Board will be considering a motion to use only electric buses on the Orange Line and Silver Line.
•The Board will consider launching a study to add rail service and/or stations between Union Station, Glendale and Burbank along the existing rail corridor used by Amtrak and Metrolink.
According to the oddsmakers (read: me), the over/under line for length of meeting is two hours, 12 minutes.
Worth a look. I thought that Metro had forward looking engineers to keep up with ideas like this. Anything that’s not gas powered is a good idea to check on. Aren’t the current ones LNG?
The three Santa Monica small Tide buses were “difficult” to maintain: i.e.. keep charged running. Lead Acid batteries. Of course if Tesla made one….
Also certainly possible are overhead wires, like the one that power EXPO. The main limit in the past has been speed – more that about 30 mph tends to jump the wire carriage off the wires. I believe the orange line is intended to be faster than that.
Maybe new busses could new smaller, with more frequent service and accommodate more bikes? Mixing it up would be a useful experiment too.
Haven’t electric buses been a failure and returned to the manufacturer?
Mike Dunn, please cite your sources.
Read it on another web page managed by MTA employees and bus watchers who are in the know about every bus in the MTA fleet and which division each is assigned to.