Art of Transit: Some Instagrams from our region’s latest Metro Rail-adjacent skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand. The 7th/Metro Station — served by the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red Lines — is right across the street for those contemplating a visit.
In the wake of the major derailment of a train Tuesday on the C Line in Harlem, comes this: the NYT finds that overcrowding is the primary reason for subway delays. Ridership has been hovering at six million riders a day, levels not seen since the 1940s.
That said, as the NYT notes elsewhere, there is also no shortage of subway infrastructure woes that must be addressed. That begins next month with some line closures, with many predicting a “summer from hell” on the underground, so to speak.
Metro’s Measure M (see attachment A), btw, includes $2.39 billion in its first 40 years for State of Good Repair projects. The idea is to use M money to build new transit projects and keep them in good working order.d
Related: As Curbed LA notes, the Metro Board last week approved an $81.5-million contract to add new cross tracks and revamp signal systems on the Blue Line. That should help reduce delays because it will be easier for trains to get around problem areas.
FWIW, $38.5 million of the funding for this came from the state’s cap-and-trade program that regulates greenhouse gases by charging polluters a fee to pollute. Cap-and-trade is a major funding source for the state’s bullet train project and has a ‘Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program’ to help fund local transit projects. Of course, cap-and-trade has had an up-and-down history although it’s pretty clear here that the program has done some pretty good things.
Quasi-related: striking photos by Michael Wolf of commuters smooshed on the Tokyo subway. Here are two examples:
The NYT asks: “If the amount of the gas that people are putting out has stopped rising, how can the amount that stays in the air be going up faster than ever? Does it mean the natural sponges that have been absorbing carbon dioxide are now changing?”
The concern is that the CO2 will cause temperatures to keep rising this century beyond some already dire projections.
Looking for something to do about it? Generally speaking, taking transit instead of driving alone is a good way to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking of emissions…
It’s a steep goal but the mayors say their cities will give it a whirl. I’m guessing it would be a lot easier if a lot more homes and buildings had solar panels to cut back on demand.
Things to read whilst transiting: Why you don’t want to have a baby in a car (in Los Angeles), by my old newspaper colleague Jia-Rui Chong. Well, I’ve told her to get a TAP card 🙂
The photos provide the answer: an awful lot of Earth was moved.
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