Department of Countdowns: It’s about 154 hours until Election Day, but it’s feeling more like 127 hours if you know what I mean.
Things to read whilst transiting: what was happening in the world the last time the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians won the World Series, according to National Geographic. I picked Tribe in five; tonight they’ll make almost right.
Sportsing: If I’m reading this right, the Rams are 1.5 games out of the #3 or #4 seed prior to their game to the Carolina Panthers, last seen bumbling their way through the Super Bowl. Here’s how to Go Metro to see the Rams this season. Metrolink has special service, too.
What happened to the good costumes? Not one kid who showed up at my front door was dressed as either of the presidential candidates. No Deadpools, no Captain Americas, no Supermans, no Wonder Womans but five Batmans.
Art of Transit — someone must have appreciated my appreciation of “American Werewolf in London” and dressed appropriately last night.
Dept. of My Brilliant Tweets:
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) November 1, 2016
See what I did there? I rule!
A good look at ongoing attempts in L.A. County to diversify how we get around. The vast majority of us do it by car. The new rail lines have earned new riders but, as LAT transportation reporter Laura Nelson points out, the overall percentages of who takes transit, drives and commutes by other means hasn’t fundamentally changed.
What would it take to change? Perhaps some type of hybrid approach that involves more of everything, the idea being to offer more options, cars included, and probably more development smartly placed near transit corridors. That, of course, has also been the bugaboo out here with opponents saying more development will only bring more traffic and we can’t build until we have more of a transit network.
Read the story. Laura does a nice job of tying to together many threads and I thought the kicker brought it all home with a point I agree with: we can change without changing the things many of us like about the place.
Measure M puts L.A. at the forefront of transit funding (KCRW Press Play)
Traffic, transit and ridership are discussed in this seven-minute segment on Madeleine Brand’s show featuring the Rand Corporation’s Martin Wachs and the aforementioned Laura Nelson of the LAT.
As would be expected, Metro’s Measure M ballot measure figures prominently in this piece and the LAT article above. Measure M would raise the countywide sales tax by a half cent and would extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax beyond its 2039 expiration date to fund a number of transit, road, pedestrian and bicycle projects. To learn more about Measure M, click here. To see a timeline of projects and programs, click here and scroll down.
Related: ‘We must invest in transportation,’ a guest commentary by Pomona City Manager Linda C. Lowry, who is a Measure M proponent. She writes in response to the L.A. Newspaper Group’s editorial advocating against Measure M.
Potential Lucas museum files plans for Exposition Park (Urbanize LA)
Who knows if it will happen but the Lucas folks are at least going through the entitlement process. The view in the rendering is looking east from the Vermont Avenue side of Exposition Park — the Expo Line is just on the left side of the Natural History Museum on the left side of frame.
I hope there’s an exhibit on all that went wrong with episodes 1 through 3, Temple of Doom and Crystal Skull.
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