Things to listen to whilst transiting: “The rational madness of the used car salesman” on the Planet Money podcast. A very entertaining 18 minutes. Acting crazy may make consumers believe they have the upperhand. Or not.
And from the Dept. of Real Life:
Interesting there here is that 30 years later you can find lease deals on new cars for about the same price. Which is probably one reason so many people are driving these days.
The big transpo story yesterday. Not much I can say on the particulars other then here’s Metro’s news release saying we’ve received the unsolicited proposal for the proposed Union Station-to-ballpark aerial rapid transit. The agency will be putting it under the Giant Proverbial Microscope.
As the LAT notes, gondolas/trams are used for urban transit in some places around the U.S., including Portland and Gotham. As part of a draft Griffith Park Master Plan in 2005 there was a proposal to use two gondolas to connect the Griffith Observatory to parking lots below. But that proposal ran into neighborhood opposition and never got off the ground, punnily enough.
The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission also studied a Dodger Stadium gondola in a 1990 study, but that also never went anywhere. Also studied was a light rail spur and a series of escalators to climb the hill to the stadium, both ideas which soon departed to the Idea Boneyard.
The Metro Board on Thursday approved the following motion to come up with a pilot program to put mobile shower and hygiene stations at two stations — Westlake/MacArthur Park on the Red/Purple Line and NoHo on the Red Line.
The motion has some layers of interestingness, including a call for a plan to have restrooms at new stations. Attentive Source readers know this is an issue that surfaces from time to time but is tough to resolve.
On the one hand, when you gotta go…you gotta go. On the other hand, public restrooms aren’t the easiest to maintain, cost money and, thus, are lacking on many transit systems, at least in the U.S.
The comments at the Curbed LA post are all over the place on this one. Your thoughts?
Metro scored $1.792 billion for a variety of big road and transit projects — basically one-quarter of the pie the state was handing out. Just one example why this is a big deal: the dollars will help the Gold Line extension to Claremont and Montclair close a significant funding gap. (Here’s the entire list of Metro projects to receive funds).
The big question hovering in the background involves Senate Bill 1, which raised the gas tax and vehicle fees in 2017. SB 1 provided a lot of the funding for these grants, but there’s an effort underway to repeal SB 1 via ballot measure. The Metro Board has voted to oppose a repeal. I get the temptation of a repeal, but I’d rather have the infrastructure, thank you. (I also know exactly where I eat).
Any predictions on the fate of SB 1, people?
There is still a lot of work to be done on New York’s bus system overhaul — this is not a final plan that will be fully implemented any time soon. But all-door boarding figures prominently.
I’m sure most of you also know that Metro is restructuring our bus system — an effort called the NextGen Bus Study. There’s a new for those who would like to weigh in. Please see this post. We also have all-door boarding launching in the months ahead on the 720 and 754 Rapid Lines.
Interesting op-ed that begins with a quote from Batman’s Harvey Dent. The gist of it: electric scooters look to be more popular than UCLA’s bike share program. Omar writes:
While the idea of a bike share program was noble – and even enticing – at first, electric scooters cater more to students’ transportation needs. Stubbornly maintaining the bike share program would only result in UCLA throwing more money into a deflating program.
Beyond UCLA, this is obviously an issue as electric scooters — no pedaling! — are proving very popular with consumers, if not with city officials who have struggled to regulate them. Metro, of course, has its own Bike Share program.
How will all this shake out? I don’t know. It remains a Source Tenant that the future is very, very hard to predict. I do think it’s good that we’re seeing a vibrant market for first/last mile solutions and other ways to cover shortish distances. Stay tuned.
"In addition to reaching 20 million trips, Capital Bikeshare broke one of its own records: on Saturday, April 14, Capital Bikeshare users took 19,072 trips, breaking the previous “most trips in a single day” record of 16,862 trips in 2017."
— sharrowsDC (@sharrowsDC) April 26, 2018
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