Art of Transit
So, a friend of mine won a 20-minute helicopter ride in a raffle and invited yours truly to tag along on Monday. And it figures: while up in the air shortly before noon, traffic appeared to be moving impeccably on the freeways within view.
Hope you enjoy the pics. It was a little hazy, but it sure beat riding out the day in my cube.
Burbank Airport and, at right, the Metrolink/Amtrak/freight tracks headed to Ventura County and the coast.
The full album of pics resides here. Feel free to download, etc.
There are meetings about the project on Wednesday (April 12) in NoHo. One of the improvements: 2.2 miles of protected bike lanes on Lankershim in each direction between Magnolia and Vanowen. This stretch includes the Red Line and Orange Line station in NoHo.
The proposal would also cull one general traffic lane on Lankershim in each direction. We’ll see how that goes over.
The two city of Los Angeles councilmembers propose using Measure M funds to pay for the effort (called Vision Zero) to eliminate traffic-related deaths in the city.
What you need to know: the city is nowhere near the zero part and has funded relatively little in the effort thus far. As the authors note, their colleagues on the Council may have other priorities, including street repaving.
My three cents: L.A. and other cities aren’t going to get to zero with out greater enforcement. True story from my short drive to the train station on Tuesday morning…the car in front of me stops at the green light so the driver can do something on their phone. The light turns red. When it turns green again, the car just sits there until I unpolitely honk.
You can’t design that kind of distraction away. You have to write tickets.
Watch DTLA’s Park Fifth rise (Urbanize LA)
Finally the awful parking lots on the north side of very transit friendly Pershing Square (Red/Purple Line, Silver Line, many other buses) are being developed.
It can’t be this hard to load an airplane (Wall Street Journal)
For those who have a subscription, a fun story from last week that may make you believe that humanity is doomed.
Things to read whilst transiting: fun story on the history of the Coachella festival in the new New Yorker.
Things to read 2: some notes at LA Kings Insider on the firing Monday of coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi. Tough business. I thought letting Justin Williams go was a mistake; with his teammates on the Capitals he’ll have a shot at hoisting another Stanley Cup this season.
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