ICYMI: The exciting proposal for the third and watery phase of the Expo Line.
Art of Infrastructure:
No suspects yet in this terrorist attack. As always, we remind you to say something if you see something and contact the authorities. From metro.net:
Know the location of emergency phones and memorize the Metro Sheriff’s Hotline: 888.950.SAFE (7233).
Be alert – Report any suspicious behavior, persons in unauthorized areas or unattended packages to Metro or Sheriff’s personnel immediately.
We recommend that regular riders put the Sheriff’s number in their phone’s contact list.
This was the big news from last week, with the proposal including a 12-cent per gallon state gas tax hike and a significant bump in vehicle registration fees.
From Gov. Jerry Brown’s press release:
The legislation, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, SB 1 (Beall), invests $52.4 billion over the next decade – split equally between state and local investments:
Fix Local Streets and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent):
– $15 billion in “Fix-It-First” local road repairs, including fixing potholes
– $7.5 billion to improve local public transportation
– $2 billion to support local “self-help” communities that are making their own investments in transportation improvements
– $1 billion to improve infrastructure that promotes walking and bicycling
– $825 million for the State Transportation Improvement Program local contribution
– $250 million in local transportation planning grants.
Fix State Highways and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent):
– $15 billion in “Fix-it-First” highway repairs, including smoother pavement
– $4 billion in bridge and culvert repairs
– $3 billion to improve trade corridors
– $2.5 billion to reduce congestion on major commute corridors
– $1.4 billion in other transportation investments, including $275 million for highway and intercity-transit improvements.
The state proposal, of course, stands in contrast to the White House’s recent federal budget proposal that would shave money for public transit. As for the state gas tax, it hasn’t been raised since 1994.
Gov. Brown says that he wants a vote in the Legislature by the end of this week. Earlier in the year, the Metro Board voted to “support/work with author” on aspects of the bill as some of the fine details have been hammered out. One of the more attractive aspects of the bill for the agency is that the bill has a lot of money for local roads, transit and walking/biking — and it’s money that can be combined with Measure M funds — including local return — to build transpo projects.
What’cha think transit riders and motorists? If you were a state legislator how would you vote and why? The State Senate is expected to vote on Thursday.
In 2016, 260 people were killed in the city of L.A. — an increase of 43 percent over 2015. That’s notable because city officials say they are pursuing a “Vision Zero” policy to eliminate traffic-related deaths.
The LAPD’s speeding enforcement is challenged by a state law that prevents officers from using radar to catch speeders unless a new traffic study has been performed in that area.
The number of speeding tickets issued annually has dropped from 100,000 in 2010 to about 17,000 in 2015, according to police data.
I don’t include that to pick on the city of L.A. But I don’t know how Vision Zero can become reality without enforcement — unless Everest-sized speed bumps are laid across the busiest and widest of roads.
To my eye, traffic enforcement is lax in many parts of the Southland, crosswalks earn little respect from motorists and I see people playing with their dumb phones while driving every single day. But parking enforcement? That never seems to be a problem, eh?
There were nearly 6,000 last year, the highest in 20 years. “But researchers say they think the biggest factor may be more drivers and walkers distracted by cellphones and other electronic devices, although that’s hard to confirm,” so says the NYT.
See the pics. I had no idea this is legal — you can basically jump the curb and park on the patch of grass between the street and sidewalk and not get a ticket. Great if you have a high-clearance vehicle, which I do…
If the building goes forward in the Sawtelle ‘hood, goodbye strip mall and hello 129 units. The location sits between the Sepulveda and Bundy stations.
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