Dept. of Transit Oriented Futbol:
LAFC has two matches this week — a Tuesday night friendly versus BVB and Saturday night against D.C. United. The new Banc of California Stadium is a short stroll from the Expo Line and Silver Line. More here.
On the subject of Major League Soccer, the NYT also had a good story this weekend about Atlanta United’s popularity with the city’s transplant community. Although a different sport, the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights secured a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday and perhaps will serve as inspiration for LAFC, which currently sits in second place in the Western Conference of the MLS.
Dept. of Rail Construction: the Regional Connector held a “halfway” event over the weekened to celebrate construction hitting the 50 percent mark. The project is scheduled to open in Dec. 2021 and will tie together the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines.
That will make a lot of light rail trips to and through DTLA quicker and be, me thinks, a real boon to Eastside Gold Line riders who no longer will need the circuitous and not hyperspeed ride to Union Station and switch to the Red/Purple Line subway to reach the DTLA core.
A few pics recently taken of construction progress — the photos are courtesy Ken Karagozian:
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— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) May 21, 2018
The article takes a critical look at electric buses made by manufacturer BYD and the firm’s lobbying efforts to win contracts with transit agencies, including Metro.
Metro’s Board voted last summer to purchase 60 40-foot buses from BYD last summer as part of the agency’s efforts to fully electrify its bus fleet by 2030. Here is the staff report and the procurement summary. Metro stresses that it plans to conduct a quality control process throughout this contract (and others) to ensure that the buses meet the agency’s expectations.
In this op-ed, Steve Scauzillo counts the many ways that freeways exact a price — the cost of owning and maintaining a car, the time lost in congestion and the air pollution impacting the health of those who live near freeways.
He likes a proposal that the Metro Board has asked the agency to study: billing people to use the ExpressLanes instead of fining them — likely through a license plate recognition system (they do this on the Golden Gate Bridge).
Of course that raises an interesting public policy question: is it better to have everyone pay to use toll lanes or continue to provide free rides to those that meet the carpool requirement. At this time, no changes are planned — but the Metro Board had an interesting conversation about the issue last month if you want to listen.
As for calling freeways freeways, what would a better alternative be? Costways?
The WaPo serves up a couple scoops of skepticism on the Boring Company’s plans for tunnels that would carry people and cars under the L.A. area:
He [Musk] stressed that the project’s test tunnels would not be detrimental to the city’s residents or its environment and that the Boring Company is not drilling under any homes or businesses. But the details on how that is possible – or how the company plans to make money if they only charge $1 per rider, plus how it will solve the city’s transportation problem if only 16 people can ride even multiple tubes at a time – weren’t addressed in real detail at the event.
“We will turn a profit by making more money than we spend,” the company said via email.
Maybe another way of thinking about it: when it comes to transpo, the more options the better. It’s hard to say if the Boring Company’s plans will definitely come to pass but it does seem like the demand for mobility is certainly there. I can envision a world in which the Sepulveda Transit Corridor and the private tunnels could co-exist. Thoughts?
Metro committee approves cutting Bike-Share prices, expanding system (Streetsblog LA)
One of the items the Metro Board will consider Thursday is cutting bike share fares in half — to $1.75 for a 30-minute ride — and expanding the system over the next year to Culver City, Mar Vista, West L.A. and pushing the existing DTLA system further out. Here’s a presentation, including the new fare structure.
Cutting the price should help ridership, I think. Station locations matter — and Metro staff are working on improving locations to make the bikes as convenient as possible. The X factor, of course, is whether there are enough bike lanes to attract the masses to use the bikes although that hasn’t stopped the Bird electric scooters from soaring in popularity.
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