Metrolink supporters say: Don’t close Claremont station (Daily Bulletin)
A highly readable story on the public meeting was held in Claremont on Monday night to discuss a Metro Board motion calling for a study whether the Claremont Metrolink Station should be eliminated and replaced with a Gold Line station.
The reason: moving the Metrolink station to accommodate the Gold Line station would cost about $40 million and the Gold Line project has a $279 million shortfall.
As several speakers said, Claremont voted for Measure M, the L.A. County transit tax, in good faith to get the Gold Line light-rail line. And now it was as if the city were being penalized by having its other rail option taken away.
“What you’re proposing is not what I voted for,” Mark von Wodtke said.
As the story makes clear, the crowd was big and no one who testified supported getting rid of the Metrolink station. L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Boad Member Hilda Solis, who also authored the original motion, has said that losing the station is “unacceptable.”
The fee is expected to raise about $100 million a year for affordable housing projects. With nearly everyone agreeing the city has a housing crisis, that’s a significant amount — but it’s hard to say how many affordable units will result.
In a recent op-ed in the Times, critics of the linkage fee said it would only result in 225 units annually and there are better ways to produce affordable housing.
Obviously a contentious issue. The hope here is that one way or another, more people will be able to live near transit lines.
It started with this Instagram post by famed nature photographer Paul Nicklen. The problem for polar bears is disappearing sea ice as the Arctic warms rapidly due to climate change.
Want to do something about it? Generally speaking, taking transit instead of driving alone is a good way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Alaskan North Slope climate change just outran one of our tools to measure it (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
A U.S. government computer refused to believe high temperatures in the Arctic because temperatures were never supposed to be this high. Seriously.
Headline speaks for itself. A set of eight 28-inch traffic cones goes for $162 on Amazon, btw.
“Delhi is very much a city that’s aspirational … that’s very aware of upward mobility and status and class,” said Mukta Naik, who focuses on urban planning at the Centre for Policy Research, a leading Indian think-tank. “But at the same time, [people] also see the car as the most convenient way to get from Point A to Point B. … Until we reach a point where we cannot get from point A to Point B without public transport, we’re going to be like this.”
Attentive Source readers will surely recall the UCLA study we posted Monday that showed that car ownership in our area is way, way up — and thus transit ridership is down.
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