ICYMI 2: The latest on the joint development on 15 acres of land surrounding the NoHo station. When built, the parking will be moved underground instead of the sprawling surface lot.
Art of Transit:
Things to listen to whilst transiting: I’m passing time on the Gold Line with the S-Town podcast, which dropped recently and concerns allegations of murder, missing treasure and the secrets of an Alabaman known for his skills repairing old clocks. It’s from the same folks that produce “This American Life” and “Serial” and the pedigree shows. Warning: tons of adult language.
Things to read whilst transiting: a good review in the New Yorker of the “Big Little Lies” finale, which I liked — but not as much as the rest of the series. Then again, I watched that immediately after the season finale for “The Walking Dead” — which I loved — and I may not have been in the right headspace to go directly from the Alexandria Safe Zone to Otter Bay.
Random thought: I like Rick but I’m not sure I would put him in charge of keeping the buses and trains running on time — or other essential things, like keeping a group of people alive.
The bill that would raise vehicle registration fees and the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon in California survived a State Senate committee yesterday and is headed to the full Senate on Thursday afternoon. Gov. Jerry Brown, who backs the bill has set an April 6 deadline for the bill to pass — before state legislators flee town for spring recess.
Democrats hold the supermajorities needed for the bill to pass in both the Senate and Assembly. The Bee says the bill is still a few votes needed for passage with some Dems on the fence because, well, it’s a tax increase.
As we noted yesterday, Metro’s Board adopted a support and work with author position earlier this year. The bill would provide significant sums of money for local road, transit and walking/bike projects — funds which can be paired with funds from Measure R and Measure M.
We despaired about this yesterday. Larry Mantle’s guests are LADOT chief Seleta Reynolds and KPCC mobility reporter Meghan McCarty, along with the usual audience input. And what does everyone agree on? Motorists today basically suck and so-called smartphones are only making people dumber.
As also noted yesterday, the LAPD is writing far fewer driving tickets these days, meaning the city may have to rely on engineering to slow down traffic. In the meantime — and hopefully it’s a short meantime — buckle up and keep you head up no matter where you’re walking, cycling or driving. It’s the Wild West out there, people.
The ‘road is national, transit is local’ argument (Human Transit)
Transit planner Jarrett Walker swings his writerly bat at those who say that funding for local transit should only be a local concern. Walker, to paraphrase, says ‘oh brother’ to that, pointing to the fact that a ton of traffic on federally-funded interstates is also very local, meaning the whole thing is a double standard.
This is an issue because the Trump Administration has proposed making funding for transit projects more of a local concern. Here is Metro’s statement on that.
In Bay Area, bald eagles soar and breed once more (Mercury News)
Yes, this is sort of infrastructure related (plus, it’s pretty amazing). “They’re soaring over Stanford’s Inner Quad, San Jose’s Westfield Oakridge mall, the levees of Alviso. One eagle recently perched on a pine tree near Raging Waters aquatic park in San Jose. Another was mobbed by crows on the runway at Palo Alto Airport,” reports the Merc.
The baldies aren’t in our urbanized area as far as I know, but can be seen at certain times of the year at Lake Cachuma near Santa Barbara and on Catalina Island. Which may one day in the extremely distant future have an Expo Line station if Iron Man has his way.
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