Have been enjoying the #totalmuni2018 saga — two @sfchronicle reporters who are trying to take all the Muni lines in San Francisco in a single day! An equivalent adventure in Los Angeles would take… what… most of the work week?
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) May 1, 2018
Hmm. There are 170 bus lines in addition to the six rail lines in the Metro system. Assuming — perhaps wrongly — that it takes an average of one hour to ride each end-to-end, I’m guesstimating that riding every Metro route would take about 200 hours, not counting breaks for eating, restrooming and transfering between the routes.
We highly encourage someone to try riding our system all at once totweet about it. As for the folks in S.F., an interesting read but not especially illuminating.
Frenetic first hour and a half of #TotalMuni2018 and we already missed our first bus.
Tensions are high! Bladders are already full! Will we make it to AT&T Park and ride every Muni line in one day?
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— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) April 30, 2018
Very good post by Joe Linton provides an update on the project that will build rail between Artesia and DTLA. It’s called the West Santa Ana Branch because: 1) some of the project would be built atop the old streetcar corridor that shared that name, and; 2) the more obscure the name, the better!
As Joe writes, Metro staff this month are in the process of narrowing down the northern route options shown in the map above. The routes along Alameda and to the DTLA core had the highest ridership estimate with the underground options also the most expensive (not surprisingly).
You can leave an online comment — the deadline is tomorrow. The final meeting this month is:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Progress Park-West Community Center
15500 Downey Ave.
Paramount, CA 90723
Of course, there will be more information about all the alternatives with the project scheduled to go before Metro’s Board this month to determine which routes are studied further. I would bet some of you have opinions about this.
Good explainer by Meghan McCarty Carino on the Metro Board’s decision last week to begin charging discounted tolls to single motorists driving vehicles with the clean air sticker. Excerpt:
California also set a goal of having 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 and encouraged drivers to buy the EVs. As incentives, the clean air vehicles could use HOV lanes, and in the case of L.A. County, the toll lanes for free — even if the driver was alone.
But as Metro staff pointed out, solo drivers in clean air vehicles contribute just as much to congestion and lane delays as do lone drivers in more polluting vehicles.
The use of the lanes for free was a good incentive, for sure. On the plus side, the cost of hybrids and electric cars has come down and there are some other good incentives for getting cleaner vehicles — less money for gas and a smaller greenhouse gas footprint.
Things to read whilst transiting: a population that pollutes itself into extinction — and it’s not us in the NYT. A good story about a type of microbe that experiences the classic tragedy of the commons. Each microbe pollutes just enough to create a toxic environment for all microbes. Attentive Source readers know that traffic is a type of tragedy of the commons, as is overhunting.
This just in: Thanos, IMHO, used a flawed version of the Tragedy of the Commons to justify his plan to wipe out half the universe’s inhabitants — with no environmental review! (Geesh). His argument was the universe didn’t have the resources to support its current population. Perhaps he should have tried a Universe-wide congestion pricing type project first. If Thanos begins handing out outer space-compliant transponders next spring, we’ll know he, too, is an Attentive Source Reader.
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— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) April 26, 2018
Transit system not built to be another homeless camp (Southern California News Group)
Not every columnist has heaps of praise for the motion approved by the Metro Board last week asking for Metro to study a “hygiene and mobile shower” for the homeless at or near Metro stations. FWIW, I strongly disagree the pilot program is going to impact property values given the very high property values we’re seeing pretty much everywhere across the region.
Dept. of Safer Rail Crossings
From the news release:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced the approval of a joint funding agreement that allocates $76.7 million in Proposition 1A bond funds toward the Rosecrans Avenue/Marquardt Avenue Grade Separation Project in the City of Santa Fe Springs. This contribution will be matched by other local funding sources to complete the $155.3 million project.
The project will separate vehicle traffic from the rail traffic by constructing an elevated overpass structure which will greatly improve safety, eliminate delays and improve air quality. The crossing, traversed by about 110 freight and passenger trains and over 52,000 vehicles per 24-hour period, has been rated by the California Public Utilities Commission as one of the most hazardous grade crossings in California. Construction is anticipated to start as early as 2021 and the project is targeted for completion in 2023.
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