Art of Transit 1:
Metro tested a passenger security system called the Evolv Edge this morning in the Red Line’s west entrance at Union Station — passengers could pass through on a voluntary basis. The agency is looking at next generation systems for possible use in the future to screen for potential threats. At this time, no purchase of any such equipment is in the works.
Several media outlets are expected to run stories or posts. Some reaction from the Twitter-o-sphere:
Yes, let's make riding transit more like flying. That'll do it https://t.co/ih9DwIHziN
— Jordan Fraade (@schadenfraade) August 16, 2017
Again, I emphasize this is just a test. I certainly don’t expect everyone to like it, but at least it’s being done in public, which is the best way to generate good conversations about public policy.
Art of Transit 2:
Art of Transit 3:
New video rendering by Los Angeles World Airports of the automated people mover they are building — which LAWA says will be complete by 2023 (construction hasn’t begun yet). The people mover will connect to a new Metro Rail station at Aviation/96th Street that will serve trains on the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Green Line, as well as buses from several local agencies, Metro included. (Here’s the project home page).
This should be a vast improvement on the current situation: taking a shuttle bus from the Green Line’s Aviation Station to the LAX horseshoe. The big problem: the bus gets stuck in airport traffic like any other vehicle.
The Aviation/96th Station will be completed after the Crenshaw/LAX Line opens in late 2019 — and obviously will be ready to go before the people mover opens. Keep in mind, too, that a key Measure M project is to extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line north to West Hollywood and the Red Line in Hollywood. It’s a project far into the future — the late 2040s — but Metro continues to look at ways to accelerate Measure M projects.
Art of Transit 4:
A transportation roundtable was held at Union Station this morning and attended by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Metro CEO Phil Washington and other local officials.
The takeaway: much agreement that the feds have a big role to play funding-wise — especially for local areas that are willing to tax themselves. L.A. County is a fine example of that, given voters approval of four sales tax measures to help fund Metro (1980, 1990, 2008, 2016).
Crescent Heights goes taller at 11th & Olive (Urbanize LA)
The proposal is for a 70-story residential skyscraper. It’s a half-mile walk from the Pico Station currently served by the Blue Line and Expo Line.
After the Regional Connector is complete in 2021, Pico Station will host light rail trains running between East L.A. and Santa Monica and trains between Azusa and Long Beach.
Will this skyscraper get built? I mentioned on Twitter that it would be great if someone handicapped which DTLA projects would actually become reality and Josh Albrektson got a post up on the Facebook DTLA Development group posing the question. There is already a great map showing proposed developments in downtown. Thanks Josh!
My geewillickers, there’s a lot of stuff being talked about in The DTLA. Even more than I knew about. Makes me want to exodus-ize from the ‘burbs back to the big city although I doubt I could afford it.
The idea is to streamline the approval process and reduce the evaluation of impacts of such annoyances as climate change and rising sea levels. A plan/bill for an infrastructure improvement plan has yet to come forth from The 1600 although something is said to be in the works.
It’s a scramble crosswalk but at an intersection in the SFV with no traffic signals.
I think I like the idea. But I wonder if motorists will respect it. Thoughts?
Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express:
If I'm not mistake it's now statistically possible for @Dodgers to clinch NL West in August. World Series begins at Chavez Ravine on Oct 24!
— stevehymon (@stevehymon) August 16, 2017
With 10 AL teams in contention for post season, many fun targets for Dodger bus work tweets. C'mon Cleveland, Tampa, Houston & Anaheim!
— stevehymon (@stevehymon) August 16, 2017
With the Dodgers drawing huge crowds every night, consider taking the free bus from Union Station or Harbor Gateway to the game. More here.
Your preferred World Series opponent and why?
And finally, a little music for your Wednesday…
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