Where the Port Authority subway explosion happened //t.co/V2ZQHRpBWk
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 11, 2017
A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to himself inside a walkway connecting two Manhattan subway stations at 7:20 .m. Monday, according to authorities. Four people suffered minor injuries. The suspect, too, was injured and is in police custody.
Officials are calling it an act of terrorism. The 27-year-old suspect acted alone, according to the NYPD, who said the suspect was an immigrant from Bangladesh living in Brooklyn. Surveillance cameras captured the explosion, showing the man in very close proximity to other commuters.
Significant delays across parts of the New York subway system ensued. By Monday afternoon, most service had been restored.
Service on 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W and Shuttle has resumed at 42nd St. A, C, E trains continue to bypass 42nd St. New Yorkers are resilient. We want to thank you for your patience and for your spirit. We’ll continue to post updates to //t.co/vhZQ2kZ2vb.
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) December 11, 2017
Finally, I’ll repeat what we’ve said in the past. If you see something suspicious while on our system — or anywhere — say something. Call 911 or the transit hotline at 888.950.SAFE (7233). Putting that number in your phone’s contact list is a smart move.
Transit Ridership Trends in the SCAG Region (UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies/SCAG)
Click the link above for the pdf version.
The gist of it: the transit ridership losses across Southern California began in 2007 and accelerated in 2014. As best as the researchers at UCLA can determine, ride sharing and gas prices are factors but the main culprit is a huge growth in car ownership.
Or, to put it another way, when it comes to getting around our region, the car remains queen/king.
Here’s the slide that says it best:
Wow. Well, the first bullet point on that last slide seems out of our control.
But the second bullet point: to get 25 percent of those who don’t take transit to take transit once every two weeks. Doesn’t sound like a heavy lift, but if it was easy it would have happened by now.
My two takeaways:
•Disliking traffic is not the same as disliking owning a car.
•Firms hoping to get people to subscribe to car services (i.e. self-driving Ubers and Lyfts) better keep those monthly rates cheap if they want to lure car owners.
On Twitter, someone brought up a very good point — maybe it’s just our region is a less affordable place to live. Thus, we’re shedding low income residents who traditionally use transit in higher numbers.
Perusing the Census numbers, average household income in L.A. County was $47,493 in 2000 and $57,952 in 2016 — meaning that household income has not kept pace with inflation. The 2000 Census shows 14.2 percent of individuals in our county lived in poverty; the number today is about 16.3 percent according to the latest American Community Survey numbers from the Census Bureau.
I’m not sure what that means exactly. Affordability is certainly an issue here and we have plenty of low income residents.
Good pic that sums it all up:
Dept of CicLAvia:
Just a few IG pics from the final CicLAvia of 2017 yesterday. Looks like another good one. If I hadn’t been coughing out a lung — thanks cold + fires! — I would have definitively been there.
Scroll down on this page for a list of 2018 Open Streets events funded by Metro as a way to promote walking, biking, transit and other ways to get around that don’t involve driving.
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