Totally agreed – actual terrifying photo of raccoon gang in San Francisco (photo by Stephen W. Thomson) pic.twitter.com/8WTUTy5ZLX
— Sami Erickson (@samantharosa) September 22, 2017
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Gearing up for tunnel #2, also known as "right" tunnel. pic.twitter.com/m3IUZkU9u3
— Angeli (@regionaltbm) September 21, 2017
Angeli is the name given to the tunneling machine that will be digging the second of the twin tunnels for the Regional Connector project that will tie together the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines. The first tunnel was completed earlier this year. The project is forecast to be done in late 2021; here’s the project home page.
Dept. of Baseball: the Dodgers have nine games remaining, including six against the lowly Giants and Padres. There is no way possible that they don’t clinch the NL West this weekend and then the No. 1 seed in the National League. Right? Problem is, the No. 1 seed may be a curse, given that could mean a five-game Division Series against the D-Backs and their strong pitching staff. It might be better to be the No. 2 seed and take on the Cubs and let Washington cope with Arizona, assuming the D-backs survive the wildcard game. Going to the game this weekend? Try the Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station and Harbor Gateway — it’s free!
The big transpo story of the week, me thinks. Transport for London denied Uber’s application to continue to operate in London, saying the company hasn’t been forthright on several issues. Uber says it will rely on pressure from its many customers in London to help persuade the agency to overturn the decision (Uber can continue to operate while its appeal is decided).
There’s a lot to this story. London taxi drivers have long complained about Uber, given their cheaper prices. And, as the NYT notes, taxi drivers in London tend to be white whereas Uber drivers tend to be ethnic minorities trying to gain a foothold in the British job market.
I’m guessing a lot of cities around the world will be closely watching this dispute. The ride sharing companies are popular but rely on a public resource — road space. They’re also taking on an established industry with degrees of political muscle and, sometimes, more stringent standards about who drives for them.
All that said, this probably isn’t an attack on ride sharing so much as it’s a shot at Uber and its corporate hubris to date. Stay tuned.
The author of “Railtown” takes questions from readers about a variety of issues — with most wanting to know about Metro’s expansion plans. I left a bunch of answers in the comments and left the opinionating to Ethan.
Why we can’t rely on Metro’s countdown clocks (Curbed LA)
One of the many other transit stories on Curbed this week, which they’re dedicating to transit. Gist of it: writer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg found the train arrival times at Metro Rail stations and at nextbus.com to sometimes be iffy — and that makes it harder, she says, for people to plan their lives and ride transit.
We do receive complaints about this issue and we understand a GPS-based system would work better (funding would need to be found for it). We’ve also found that the current system works pretty well most of the time — but service disruptions can disrupt the accuracy of the predictions. Your thoughts?
Metro to study the future of the Claremont Metrolink station (Daily Bulletin)
A motion approved by the Board’s Planning Committee this week asks the agency to look at whether to continue to keep the Claremont station open after the Gold Line extension debuts (currently scheduled for 2027).
The full Metro Board will consider the motion at their meeting on Thursday. The Board will also consider launching a study to see how best the Gold Line and Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line can work in tandem in the future since it’s expected some Metrolink riders will switch to the Gold Line (which will run more frequently and be less expensive to ride).
Some background: the Gold Line project requires the Claremont Metrolink station to be moved. Also, the Metrolink stations for Claremont and Montclair are close to one another, raising the question for some on whether they will both be needed in the future.
Eco-Rapid Transit: Metro Light Rail to Connect Southeast County & DTLA (The Planning Report)
Good interview about the Metro project to build light rail between Artesia and Union Station in DTLA. BTW, the project is formally called the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (after an old streetcar right-of-way) although on the blog I prefer “Artesia-to-Union Station light rail” as part of my War on Needless Jargon.
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