Dept. of Los Angeles Olympics and Paralympics in 2028
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) September 13, 2017
It's official ?
— LA 2028 (@LA2028) September 13, 2017
The formal vote was earlier today in Lima, Peru. Curious what our transit system will look like in 2028? Read this post.
Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express
— MLB (@MLB) September 13, 2017
I wrote a few weeks about the World Series guaranteed to be beginning at Chavez Ravine on Oct. 24. But let’s back up a few steps. At this point, we can say for certain our freebie bus from Harbor Gateway and Union Station to the ballpasture will begin running for the wildcard game on Oct. 4 or the first game of the Division Series — against the Nationals, Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Diamondbacks or Rockies — on Oct. 6.
Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise, talks about his company’s efforts to build a driver-less car and what it will mean. Cruise, btw, is owned by General Motors. Excerpt:
They’ve been designed to emulate human driving behavior but with the human mistakes omitted. They don’t drink and drive, they don’t text while driving, and they don’t get tired. It has taken the collective effort of over two thousand people to create this product, and we believe that together we’ve managed to create something that will one day drive significantly better than any individual.
Vogt does a good job explaining how complex these cars are. They have to be designed with many redundant systems because there is no driver to take over if things go awry.
But can truly driver-less cars be mass produced, affordable and be made legal to use 24/7/365? Vogt, as expected, argues yes. He’s probably right, although I tend to think it will be later rather than sooner. And I’m not the only one that things rushing in the age of driver-less cars may not be the best thing.
NHTSA’s updated guidance for driverless cars is a giveaway to the auto industry that will undoubtedly result in unnecessary lives lost.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 13, 2017
American pika disappears from large area of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains (UC Santa Cruz/Science Daily)
Photo by x@ray, via Flickr creative commons.
The small mammal with big ears that lives near the top of mountains couldn’t be found in a 165-square-mile area between Tahoe City and Truckee in the northern Sierra. Researchers blame climate change, saying it has become too warm at high altitudes for pikas — adapted to cold weather — to survive.
Climate change got you down? As we have mentioned in the past, generally speaking taking transit instead of driving alone is one way to reduce reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The headline doesn’t quite capture the gist-i-ness of the article, which is about falling bus ridership around the US of A. The response of more than a few agencies: redesign bus routes to better connect people with jobs via more frequent lines.
As noted, it’s too soon to tell the impact on ridership although there are some signs of success — the Albany area has seen a 25 percent jump in boardings since 2009.
Attentive Source readers know that Metro and other bus agencies in L.A. County are embarking on a similar effort. Metro’s goal — after extensive public hearings — is to start implementing some changes in 2019 and 2020. More about that here.
How implementing biophilic architecture can soothe transit riders (Metro Magazine)
Things that remind riders of nature are soothing, so says the article.
Sounds right. Put a giant 30-foot panoramic photo of the Eastern Sierra at my train stop and I’m slightly more likely to be chill.
Things to listen to whilst transiting: awesome new song from U2. It’s a good time for new music with records burping out from War on Drugs, the National, Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, among others.
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