Art of Transit 1:
Major work now happening at all 3 station locations! pic.twitter.com/3TjxAVlGty
— Purple Line Ext (@PurpleLineExt) December 20, 2016
Art of Transit 2:
— Jaymi Heimbuch (@JaymiHeimbuch) December 20, 2016
As a result of the Metrolink crash in Oxnard in early 2015 — in which a train hit a truck that had driven on the tracks and got stuck — the National Transportation Safety Board has asked that mapping apps include more detailed info about railroad crossings. In particular, the NTSB wants the apps to add alerts for railroad crossings.
The Federal Railroad Administration has lobbied technology companies for 18 months to add alerts for grade crossings. The rail agency said it had contacted 11 technology companies, including Apple and Microsoft, to integrate its location data of grade crossings.
In this year’s lineup of GPS devices, Garmin included safety warnings for potential hazards like sharp turns and railroad crossings, the company said, although it does not use the federal rail location data.
Both Google and Apple have said they would add the alerts, but have yet to do so and there’s no firm timeline.
As for the Oxnard crash, the NTSB also found that driver fatigue likely played a factor with the driver having gotten little sleep for the previous 24 hours before the early morning collision occurred, killing the train engineer and injuring 32 passengers. The driver of the truck was not hurt, having fled the truck before the crash occurred.
It’s the first major expansion of the subway in Gotham in 50 years, so says our friends at the New York MTA. When the whole project is eventually open, it will be 8.5 miles long and push the tracks all the way to 125th Street in Harlem, meaning there will be a subway connecting East Harlem, the Upper East Side, Midtown, Times Square and lower Manhattan.
Service begins at noon on New Year’s Day with peak hour service every six minutes. Overnight service will begin later in the month. The hope is that the new subway takes some pressure off the 4, 5 and 6 lines that pack the Upper East Siders in like the sardines that they are.
However, Metro staff says that a project to greatly improve subway turnaround times at Union Station will not preclude an Arts District station, either between 1st and 3rd streets or closer to 6th Street. It’s important to note that either of those have not been funded, environmentally cleared or approved by the Metro Board.
Obviously the stations are a hot topic with the Arts District booming and many projects either underway or proposed. There’s a community meeting at SCI-Arc about the turnback project tomorrow: please see this post for more info.
And the debate continues over the project that added a northbound carpool lane between the 10 and 101, rebuilt three bridges and delivered a number of other on- and off-ramp improvements to the 405. Some motorists say the project has improved traffic — if even slightly — while others say the project didn’t make a difference. A report done for Metro after the project was completed indicated that the length of peak hours had declined and the road was safer with smoother traffic flow.
The story was prompted by the Metro Board on Dec. 1 approving a $300-million cost increase in the project. It’s worth checking out the comments by NYT readers, many of whom are Angelenos. Feel free to offer your own opinion in our comments. My three cents: I drive this stretch of road very infrequently but I think the interchanges are much safer and cause fewer tie-ups. The 405, of course, must handle an insane number of vehicles.
Of course, it would be quite lovely to have a good traffic alternative in the area. And there hopefully will be thanks to funding from Measure R and Measure M, the sales tax increases approved by L.A. County voters in 2008 and ’16, respectively.
The Purple Line Extension will stretch to Westwood and have two stations — one at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards and the other just west of the 405 in front of the VA Hospital — and should offer a fairly short ride to Century City, Beverly Hills, the Miracle Mile, Westlake and DTLA. Measure R and the recently-approved Measure M also provide funding for a Sepulveda Pass rail tunnel with a line eventually stretching from the Orange Line in the SFV to the LAX area.
Three reasons that Uber can’t replace transit (Streetsblog)
In short, because cars take up a lot of space, whether they are yours, Ubers or driven by a computer/robot.
The hundreds of millions of acres are in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic — difficult and expensive places to drill — and in a variety of places in the Atlantic between Massachusetts and Virginia. The idea is to protect environmentally sensitive areas and prevent damaging oil spills.
The Canadian government has also announced it would shield large swaths of its Arctic area from future drilling. The new ban doesn’t impact current leases and drilling projects.
Want to reduce your dependance on domestic/foreign oil? Try taking transit every so often. Another benefit: generally speaking, taking transit results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than driving alone, one way to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
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