Dept. of Los Angeles Area Police Pursuits:
Uh, driver of stolen vehicle just drove into Gold Line tunnel in East LA WB towards Mariachi Plaza Station. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/8H5XZShAEO
— Expo Line Ledger (@expolineledger) February 21, 2018
The truck was removed from the tunnel. No damage to tracks or other equipment.
Here’s a New Yorker video and article — the article is from 2006 — about the police pursuit phenomenon in our region (subscription required). FWIW, most large cities don’t have this many car chases. It’s frightening how many lives are risked by these things.
Art of Transit:
Dept. of Called It: I wrote yesterday that I thought it was a good idea that Montclair banned the use of smart phones and headphones in crosswalks. As I also predicted, readers did not agree with me. Feel free to tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.
It's speeding/distracted/negligent drivers who are killing pedestrians. Focusing on a pedestrian's earbuds is lazy & victim-blaming, @stevehymon.
— Felicia G. (@hippierunner) February 21, 2018
Oh, and here’s me double-downing on my original position!
I agree those are certainly significant problems and I've written often how poor enforcement of motor laws can be in SoCal. I also think as a ped I'm more alert when my precious Bose noise-cancellers are off. Thx for reading & the feedback.
— stevehymon (@stevehymon) February 21, 2018
Most pedestrians aren't walking around with precious Bo$e headphones.
— Felicia G. (@hippierunner) February 21, 2018
Dept. of Transit Oriented Classic Rock:
A few of my younger colleagues recently confessed they had no idea who Robert Plant was. This is shameful and grounds, IMHO, for some type of immediate and immersive re-education. Plant is coming to the Orpheum March 2, which is near a whole passel of bus lanes and a .7-mile walk from 7th/Metro Station that serves the Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines.
Below video is pretty awesome and I wish I was going to California soon instead of dealing with the joys of assisted living here in Cincinnati:
Dept. of Weather
High temp in Los Angeles on Tuesday: 59. High temp in Cincinnati: 79, a new record and 40 degrees over the average temperature for Feb. 20.
It’s cheaper than regular Uber Pool and directs passengers to pick up spots to avoid backtracking. It also may drop passengers off a few blocks from their destination in order to build more efficient routes.
It’s not quite what Metro’s Microtransit project proposes but similar in the sense that the routes are dynamic and on demand using the Uber app.
In this op-ed Gustavo Arrelano argues:
But buses are our most workable answer. The infrastructure is already there. A bunch of them are already on the road, whether used by public agencies or private companies. This means that investing in buses is far cheaper than building and sustaining new rail systems or highways. More importantly, buses aren’t on fixed paths, allowing for flexibility as commuting or even population patterns change.
Gustavo has some ideas, including more bus lanes and more tax breaks for firms that buy bus passes. Attentive Source readers know that Metro is working on its NextGen project to restructure and reimagine its bus system. A contractor, Cambridge Systematics, is looking at the system this year and proposals and public hearings should happen in 2019. Stay tuned.
In this op-ed, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal argues that the drop in Metro ridership should be blamed more on gentrification and rising rents/real estate near busy bus lines. That, she says, has squeezed out the folks who were Metro’s core riders. Excerpt:
If we want to stave off further transit ridership losses — not to mention meet our obligations as human beings to each other — we need to establish a new common-sense planning policy. We must prioritize tenants, not the supply of housing units. Stable housing should be a human right. With universal rent control and more public housing, we would link the well-being of low-income Angelenos of color to a greener future for our city of cars.
We’ve pointed to several factors that could be influencing ridership losses, including more people buying cars, lower gas prices, a strong local economy, changing ridership patterns, the popularity of Uber and Lyft and slower bus speeds due to increasing traffic. What’cha think riders?
Two letters from readers: the first says instead of widening the 710, as proposed by Metro (among other corridor improvements), it would make more sense to run the Alameda Corridor at full capacity. The second letter — hmmm — proposes putting clean truck lanes in the L.A. River.
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