Art of Transit:
Fresh renderings of the final two stations of the Purple Line Extension at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards and in front of the Westwood VA Hospital. Utility relocations are about to begin — more soon on the blog about that.
In the comments on Curbed, there’s some venting about the fact the subway isn’t going further west at this time. The reason: when Measure R was approved in 2008 there was just enough political will and funding to get the subway to Westwood. Could it go further one day? Sure, but money will need to be secured.
Attentive Source readers know that Measure M included funds for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor that will add north-south transit access to the area. From the project web page: “Metro is conducting a Feasibility Study (Study) to identify and evaluate a range of high-capacity rail transit alternatives between the San Fernando Valley and LAX, including connections to existing and planned Metro bus and rail lines, including the Orange, Purple, and Expo Lines.”
Wild guess: readers will have much to say about Sepulveda Transit Corridor station locations as planning for that project progresses.
Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear (Washington Post)
“Transit ridership fell in 31 of 35 major metropolitan areas in the United States last year, including the seven cities that serve the majority of riders,” reports the Post in a smart article that covers a lot of ground. Our Metro system was one of those 31.
The article notes that reliability issues are one reason for some systems — the D.C. Metro’s issues have been well-chronicled — and losses can also be attributed to “factors such as lower fuel costs, increased teleworking, higher car ownership and the rise of alternatives such as Uber and Lyft are pulling people off trains and buses at record levels.”
The worry is that more people driving will lead to more congestion, more pollution and more reliance on fossil fuels, among other things. So what to do about it?
The suggestions here mostly involve investing in transit — especially buses – to make everyday transit more appealing to more people. Seattle may be a useful example; the area restructured its bus network, added rail and also benefited from tens of thousands of new Amazon employees conveniently working near transit.
Nice look back at the early years of our local freeway system when driving the speed limit was the norm and it was still possible to get many places within 20 minutes. The kicker:
It’s likely the dream of a 20-minute car commute will live on only in the memories of folks like Alexander.
“I love the advantages the car culture gave me,” he said. “But I’m the beneficiary of something that might not have been best for society in the long run.”
$4 gallon gas prices are back (SD Union Tribune)
This is the time of year that gas prices usually creep upward as the summer vacation season approaches.
Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train, 50 years later (New Yorker)
The photo gallery is based on a new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which includes pictures taken from the train carrying Kennedy’s body, pictures taken by spectators and pics from a re-enactment in 2009.
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