The set-up: the existing station has to be moved to make way for the Gold Line station. That costs mucho dinero for a project facing a $279 million budget shortfall
at this time (state cap-and-trade funds may fill but that’s not a definite at this time). So the Metro Board asked agency staff to study possibly closing the Metrolink station, among other options.
The Metro staff response, which mirrors the overwhelming public response: keep the Metrolink station open. The staff report
goes to the Metro Board’s Planning Committee on Wednesday. Stay tuned.
The answers are mostly ‘yes’ and DTLA, Westlake, Ocean Park, K-Town, NoHo, Glendale, East Hollywood, Pasadena get mentions for their transit friendliness. Many say having a bike also really helps.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made writing this one easy for the reporter, oft-traveling in an entourage of SUVs across the city and rarely using the subway. The result:
Mr. de Blasio has made populism work for him politically, but apparently too much righteous posturing can be a strain on the middle-aged back. Within a five-minute walk of the 42nd Street Library are 13 subway lines that fan out to virtually every corner of the city. Still, Mayor de Blasio hopped into one of the S.U.V.s leaving the library — a relatively efficient hybrid model, his spokesman pointed out. “The mayor uses public transit as much as his schedule allows, and we’re always looking to use it more,” Eric Phillips, the spokesman, said.
When was the last time?
December 11, Mr. Phillips said.
The article was published Jan. 11. Nice observation by reporter that the SUVs often sit and idle while waiting for the mayor.
Nice pics of two stations — Expo/Crenshaw (underground) and Downtown Inglewood.
A plea in the comments to accelerate the Crenshaw/LAX Line North project to make the current project “10x” more useful. The route as described in Measure M would continue north to an eventual transfer to the Red Line at the Hollywood/Highland Station. Studies still need to be done to determine a route.
Under Measure M, the northern extension has a 2047 completion date unless funding can be found to accelerate the project.
Headline sums up the story. Navigation app proponents say in theory spreading traffic out should speed things up, thusly proving that navigation app proponents must be: A) inhabiting a different planet than yours truly, or; B) perhaps collecting money from those who make navigation apps.
The problem, of course, is that pushing traffic from busy streets into residential neighborhoods doesn’t seem to help much. Many residential streets have lower speed limits (albeit those are ignored) and many stop signs. And motorists usually have to find their way back onto the larger arterials to reach their destinations.
My limited experience with Waze is that it prefers neighborhood cut-throughs and it’s often not much of a time-saver. As I’ve mentioned before, I think this is a story ripe for digging by local journalists — how routes are determined, what cities can do about it, streets impacted by more traffic, etc.
I totally get peoples’ frustrations with our freeway system, past and present. And I understand the very real concerns over potential health impacts to those living near freeways.
But…for better and worse, the freeways also help maintain our local economy and make it possible for people of all economic stripes get to work. And shuttering the freeways — absent an exponential increase in transit — probably just pushes traffic and pollution to other, slower roads and residential areas.
And this statement:
Another idea? Dismantling LA’s most densely populated freeways entirely, as many cities have done with much success
(and without any impact on traffic).
I respectfully disagree. Most freeway stretches that have been demolished have been short — not entire networks — and some have been relocated or were parts of roads that were never completed in the first place.