Only two headlines today, but they’re good ones.
After nearly four years on the job, L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Member Eric Garcetti said during his State of the City speech that he plans to launch a Metro Board committee devoted to customer service issues, something that is not the exclusive domain of the the five other primary Metro Board committees (planning, finance and budget, construction, operations and safety, executive management for those scoring at home or those terminally bored).
Garcetti suggested that Mike Bonin — a Garcetti appointee to the Board and a member of the L.A. City Council — should oversee the committee.
LAT transpo writer Laura Nelson’s story generated a boatload of comments at the LAT site (72 at last count) plus more on her Twitter feed.
Feel free to leave your ideas here! FWIW, we collect comments from the blog and our social media accounts for a weekly report that we send to the top of the Metro Mothership (i.e. the 25th floor, where the execs reside) and to other interested staff. As most of you know, Metro riders, ex-riders, future riders and many others leave comments for us daily here, on Twitter, on Facebook and on Instagram.
The approaches by the different companies vary and the realization of their competing visions seems far in the future, but they have one thing in common: a belief that one day regular people should be able to fly their own vehicles around town.
There are challenges, no doubt, with both the technology and government regulations. Perhaps the biggest hurdle will be convincing the public that the whole idea isn’t crazy.
Hey call me crazycakes, but I don’t think it’s crazy. Not as crazy as the idea of everyone ditching their car for shared self-driving cars or self-driving cars fixing traffic. In fact, after watching the above video, I think I want a flying car.
Oh those challenges:
•Assuming we don’t want these things flying over homes, I’m not sure how they fix traffic.
•I expect the tire chain lobby to come out big against these things.
•I’m pretty sure I don’t want them flying above 15 feet in the national parks — and I want them prohibited from wilderness areas.
•I want mine to have a kayak carrier underneath, so I can drop it directly into the water instead of carry my 53-pound boat across the parking lot.
Will they fix traffic? Depends on what you mean by ‘fix.’ I also predict some pretty gnarly accidents unless everyone follows the rules of the road/skies. And we know how good people are about that.
Legislation Update: the state bill that would have prohibited the freeway tunnel alternative from being built for the 710 North project — i.e. the tunnel to close the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena — died in a State Assembly committee last week. Not enough committee members voted for the bill to survive. As for the project, the project’s draft environmental study is due to be released this year and will look at five options: no build, traffic signal/intersection improvements, the freeway tunnel, light rail and bus rapid transit. Here’s the project home page with lots more info.
Heads up: I thought the following event sounded interesting and it’s easy to reach on the 757 Rapid Bus, which runs north-south on Western Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Imperial Highway.
— Mark Ridley-Thomas (@mridleythomas) April 25, 2017
West Santa Branch Corridor: Metro is in the early stages of studying the project to build light rail between Union Station and Artesia, as we posted last week. There are several route options for getting into downtown L.A. and Union Station. I love that so many people are engaged on this already — see the comments on the Source and on our Facebook page. To my eye, it looks like there’s a lot of support thus far for either the Alameda or Alameda/Vignes options, both which rely on the Blue Line to help ferry riders into the heart of DTLA.
Dept. of Earth Day Messaging:
It was nice to see the park open to the public — and it’s just as nice that it’s so ridiculously transit friendly. A couple of pics:
Art of Future Bicycle Infrastructure:
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