Some recent Metro-related Tweets:
— Benji Franklin Kuo (@benjikuo) December 29, 2016
Concur: please don’t hog seats while holding a bike. Either use the area designated for bikes or stand at the mid-point of the cars please, especially at rush hour.
— Martin Miguel (@mardin323) December 29, 2016
No bueno but not usually like that. But we’ll send that upstairs as part of our weekly report.
— Miss P. (@PBunches) December 28, 2016
That is a significant amount of poultry.
— Laura J. Nelson (@laura_nelson) December 28, 2016
I get the range of opinions on the policy but I do think the policy and the ballot measure are two separate things. Or to put it another way: it would be nice to be able to projects to name or not name at a later date!
— Ryan Ausanka-Crues (@rausanka) December 28, 2016
Bring some Dostoevsky. I bet that will spruce up your ride.
— Juan Matute (@Juan_Matute) December 27, 2016
Pop up bookstore please!
Art of Transit:
If you’re going to the Rose Parade, you can either sit in traffic or take the Gold Line. We like to think the Gold Line is the better choice. Here’s a float under construction as seen this a.m. near the Rose Bowl.
Karl Strauss Brewery opens massive DTLA flagship (DTLA Rising)
The brewery got its start in San Diego and — with the Chargers perhaps soon to follow — has migrated up the 5 freeway to DTLA at Wilshire and Grand in the Financial District. That’s a brief stroll to 7th/Metro, where you can catch Blue, Expo and Red/Purple Lines.
As Brigham smartly notes, DTLA still has its dead zones (mostly because downtown is huuuge) and this helps fill in the gaps.
I’ve never had the privilege of tasting the goods, food or drink, so am eager to check it out. As with many brewers these days, Strauss appears to go heavy on the IPAs although I predict that fad will wane.
Things to watch whilst transiting: the most stunning nature video Outside Magazine’s website says they’ve ever seen. It’s pretty good, especially if you like Arches National Park or Grand Teton National Park. Of course, Outside’s web editors also argue that it might be the perfect time to move to Miami, thereby undermining their credibility.
Sounding the alarm on Uber’s impact on transit, cities (Human Transit)
Transit planner and writer Jarrett Walker does a good job tying together what many people have been saying this year: cheap taxis are better than transit. Jarrett fears that policymakers will start listening to these folks.
If travelers shift from larger vehicles (like buses) into smaller ones (like Ubers) you increase Vehicle Miles Travelled, which increases congestion, emissions, and the demand for road space. This is tolerable in low-density areas but an existential threat to dense cities.
I encourage you to read the entire piece. I recently took a cheap taxi to the airport — boy was it fast (it was also 4:30 a.m.) — and I appreciate the appeal. But like Jarrett and others, I wonder how long the Ubers and Lyfts of the world can stay so cheap and I certainly don’t think they’re good reason to abandon transit, although I think transit is certainly losing riders to Uber, Lyft, etc., especially outside of peak commuting hours.
I think there is good news: it’s doubtful that cheap taxis will ever be able to match transit’s low prices and ability to beat peak traffic. But transit will have to also step up and offer fast, frequent service both in and out of peak times in order to compete.
The country wants to be carbon neutral by 2050. This is a small part of the effort and still being tested. The hybrid electric buses still must be charged overnight but the system helps keep them running during the day.
As in the aforementioned post, charging cars while running or parked is one idea (goodbye parking meter, hello charging station?). So is more congestion pricing and eliminating diesel engines.
I’m betting you’ll see this first tried in Europe and Asia and then possibly spread to few American cities where pols are comfortable sticking their necks waay out.
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