Things to read whilst transiting: I’m deep into “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin on the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Source readers who are Young Sprouts won’t remember any of this, but I recall watching this play out on the television.
Toobin’s excellent retelling makes the entire episode feel like a Coen brothers movie or television show (I just finished the epic second season of “Fargo.” Highly recommend.) Actually, I just googled it and there is a movie underway but not by the Coens. And it’s worth mentioning that Patricia Hearst was not a fan of the book, which was well reviewed.
Art of Transportation:
How Elon Musk’s traffic tunnel could harm Los Angeles (Capital & Main)
The main argument is that Musk’s proposed tunnels for cars and pods would only increase the region’s dependency on cars. That sounds like a reasonable argument to make.
If the thing becomes a transit project, then the questions are how does this jibe with Metro’s efforts to increase transit, is that something that Elon Musk would even want to pursue, who pays for it and how, how much does it cost to ride and is it legal to build a transit system that is entirely privately funded and run?
Transit advocates — specifically the group RailPac — are vowing to ask voters across Southern California to fund electrifying the Metrolink system and other upgrades.
The idea is too more frequent service although that will also necessitate adding tracks to separate passenger trains and freight trains. Metrolink has about 39,000 average weekday boardings (Metro had about 1.196 million average weekday boardings in January for sake of comparison) and the feeling in many quarters is that commuter rail here could increase riders given our traffic issues.
Quasi-related: Metro has a study underway looking at increased train service in the Union Station-Glendale-Burbank corridor. Here’s a brief presentation. I count about 32 trains between Union Station, Glendale and downtown Burbank (16 in each direction) currently, according to the Metrolink schedule.
Is there enough demand to support more service? Or would the demand be there if there was more service? And as Glendale booms, what to do about a Metrolink station that is 1.5 to two miles from the DT Glendale core?
The suggestion that 3.5 million housing units can be built in California by 2025 — which has 14 million units currently — strikes some as unlikely.
But fun fact courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau: there are about 2.4 people per housing unit across the entire United States versus about 2.81 people per home in California.
The DA’s office say there may have been a medical impairment and they are still investigating. Streetsblog reports the car involved has been involved in other red light running incidents.
Westside Pavilion to be repurposed as office space (Urbanize LA)
Competition from the Internet and other malls is one big issue. Future office workers can rejoice: the Expo Line’s Westwood/Rancho Park Station is a short and pleasant stroll from the pavilion.
This had made rounds over the years but still fun viewing: the dead malls of America.
Not to say all malls are dying. They just look different and typically, at least in So Cal, have an outdoors component and sometimes look like little fake cities.
Snapping together a better bus stop (Streetsblog USA)
Check out the pics. Inexpensive and easy to install platforms.
A flight from Minneapolis to New York was diverted to Baltimore, where passengers were put on a bus to complete the ride to Gotham. It only took nine hours to go the first 40 miles.
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