Dept. of Make Your Opinion Known: the public comment period for the Van Nuys to Sylmar/San Fernando bus rapid transit or light rail project has been extended through Oct. 30 and a community meeting has been added. The project (formally known as the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor) released its draft environmental study in September.
This is a chance to express your opinion about the project’s bus rapid transit and light rail alternatives. Don’t wait until a project is under construction to start filing complaints about the route, etc.!!!
Here’s the Source post that looks at the alternatives and has info about commenting and the extra meeting. This chart provides a handy overview — the route would run from the Orange Line station on Van Nuys Boulevard north, turn northwest onto San Fernando Road, and then to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station.
Also, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal has a story about the upcoming meeting, noting that it was spurred by business owners afraid their firms would be uprooted by a potential rail maintenance yard for the project. To emphasize: no project alternative has been selected yet but folks are clearly taking a close look at the different alternatives.
Dept. of Transit-Oriented Football:
— Banc of California Stadium (@BancStadium) September 26, 2017
Play begins next spring and we’re predicting LAFC soccer in its 22,000-seat stadium — which is a short walk from the Expo Line — will be immensely popular.
Art of Transit:
A news story on yesterday’s announcement that Metro will ask firms to bid on how to use private dollars to build the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, West Santa Ana Branch Corridor (Union Station to Artesia light rail) and the ExpressLanes at lower costs and possibly sooner than in Metro’s Measure M spending plan.
Metro will review the bids and then the Metro Board will decide to go forward with any public private partnerships. At that time, we’ll have a better idea of costs and acceleration proposals.
Suddenly, congestion pricing is a sort of hot topic L.A. media. The Southern California Assn. of Governments started its 100 Hours campaign to promote the idea, the LAT editorial board subsequently took the bold stance they would consider it and now KPCC follows up.
To clarify: SCAG isn’t talking about the ExpressLanes, which charge tolls to single motorists to use the HOV lanes on parts of the 10 and 110. There are still free general lanes on those roads. Congestion pricing is talking about tolling all of certain roads or charging tolls to all motorists who enter certain parts of town.
The idea has been around for a long time and has been implemented in downtown of Stockholm and London. As one listener notes, congestion is far more spread out in L.A. than those European cities and another listener says he’s being taxed to death to pay for the roads — and isn’t exactly happy about the prospect of another tax/toll — even if that might create less congestion with the dollars going to other transpo uses.
As I wrote the other day, congestion pricing is likely going to have to climb a pretty steep hill to be implemented here or any place in the U.S. So Cal is already an expensive place to live and drive, there are equity issues and in many places I’m not sure that transit or walking/biking can serve as a viable commuting alternative for people who can’t or don’t want to pay congestion pricing fees — which will have to be significant (I think) to discourage driving.
All that said, I think the concept is sound but the political buy-in and implementation — very hard and I’m not sure we’re quite there yet. Your thoughts?
Things to read whilst transiting: Excellent profile in the NYT Magazine — and the first that I can recall — of the writer John McPhee. If you’re but a young sprout, pick up a copy of “The Control of Nature,” which includes an awesome piece on our local San Gabriel Mountains and the work it takes to keep rocks and mud from the mountains from crushing homes.
SaMo Mayor Ted Winterer explains why the city decided to stop requiring developers to build parking as part of residential developments in DTSM.
The reason in short: parking is pricey and deters developers, the space can be used better for other purposes (like more housing) and there are now plentiful quality transpo options for residents, such as the Expo Line, Big Blue Bus and other bus service, bike share and walking. Plus, there’s already plenty of parking — it’s just not used very efficiently and often sits empty.
Can’t really argue with any of that.
None of this is to say that traffic is about to vanish into the ether in SaMo because parking requirements are changed. Downtown SaMo is still filled with ginormous garages with thousands of spaces that encourage folks to drive there.
UCLA launches bike share (Daily Bruin)
Good idea and decent prices for UCLA students, staff and faculty: $7 monthly and $60 annually. Otherwise it’s $7 per hour.
The Purple Line Extension should be opening to Westwood in the mid-2020s and I hope by that time there are crazy amounts of bus shuttles, bus lanes and bike lanes to connect the campus to the subway station at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards.
Saying the metrics currently used are a relic from a prior century, the New York Subway plans to offer new stats on its website on train delays and travel times. The idea is to burp forth the numbers each month and the try to do better the next month.
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