Protect your cellphones!: There have been several thefts of smart phones on the Expo Line over the last week with thieves grabbing phones from riders just before departing stations. There have also been five arrests made. We’re asking riders to be careful with their phone.
Dept. of Transit-Oriented Baseball: I took the San Diego trolley on Saturday for my first-ever visit to Petco Park to see the Padres host my beloved Cincinnati Reds. On the plus side, the trolley stops just outside the stadium (just like Muni Rail in S.F.). On the minus side, trolley service after the game was, IMHO, not-so-great — too few trains running too far apart.
As for the ballpark: wow. Actually, quadruple wow. Beautiful ballpark in the heart of the city — basically on par, if not better, than the Giants ballpark in San Francisco. The sightlines, the park in center field, the food and beverage selection…I can’t say enough good things about the place.
It would have been nice if the Reds — on pace for a 105-loss season — had tried to win the game instead of using it as some kind of weird showcase for the tradebait that is pitcher Matt Harvey. If the Reds hope to get any value for him, they’d be better off not allowing him to pitch in public.
I like Dodger Stadium, too, btw. It’s just from a different era before the urban ballpark renaissance began with Baltimore’s Camden Yards in the early 1990s. Also, the beverage and food selection at Petco was/is pretty killer.
Feel free to opine on your favorite transit-oriented baseball stadium in the comments section.
Dept. of Birds: I was over in Westwood recently and I think it’s fair to say the Birds are a lot more popular than UCLA bike share. It’s also fair to say that Bruins were doing their best to ignore the sides imploring them not to scoot on the sidewalk. The Birds do seem like a pretty good first/last mile option, albeit one that is motorized — and maybe that’s why they’re so popular. Thoughts?
— Neel Sodha (@NeelSodha) June 4, 2018
Dept. of That’s Why the Street is So Wide:
Venice Boulevard in 1929, before the real lane theft took place. pic.twitter.com/EMlaNbMCMM
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) June 4, 2018
Dept. of I Wish It Happens But It Needs Funding:
— Curbed LA (@CurbedLA) June 1, 2018
Dept. of I Hope It Happens But It Ain’t Happened For Many Years:
— Urbanize.LA (@UrbanizeLA) May 30, 2018
Why LA bike riders keep dying (Biking in LA)
Excellent explainer on why fatal bike accidents continue to be a problem in our region. One answer: we’re a huge area with a lot of streets. The other answer: motorist entitlement, high speed limits and lack of traffic law enforcement.
So is it any wonder that LA has what may be world’s most entitled drivers, who seem to feel they have a God-given right to do anything they want, with little or no fear of consequences?
That, IMHO, is about 110 percent correct. On top of that, we have the serious problem of distracted driving courtesy of dumb phones.
Quasi-related: I’ve spent more time than I’d like on So Cal’s freeways lately and the thing that I noticed most is the wide variety of speeds — ranging from people well over the speed limit to people crawling along at 40 mph. All those different speeds add up to a sometimes pretty scary driving environment with lots of lane switching, weaving and say-a-prayer entrance ramps.
Related: The family of a cyclist killed by a sheriff’s deputy who is accused of texting-and-driving has received a $12-million settlement, according to the LAT.
The city of Torrance held its second groundbreaking ceremony for the Torrance Regional Transit Center last week (the first was in 2015.
The reason for the ceremony: the Green Line Extension to Torrance just received a $231-million state grant courtesy of Senate Bill 1, which became law in 2017 and raised the state gas tax and vehicle fees to fund road repair and other transportation programs. Here is the list of Metro road and transit projects that received state/SB 1 grants last month.
Signatures have been submitted to the state to take a ballot measure to California voters in November asking them to repeal SB 1. Thus the reason officials are trying to show some of the things that SB 1 would fund.
As for the Green Line Extension project, a Supplemental Alternatives Analysis is currently being prepared for the project. Metro planners are looking at two routes. One would follow the old rail right-of-way south of Redondo Beach whereas the alternative would partially follow Hawthorne Boulevard. Please see this post for more about that.
The plan would add new aerial ramps that would allow people to enter/exit the Harbor Transitway at 23rd and Figueroa. The Transitway is a fancy way of saying the elevated part of the 110 freeway.
The Transitway, as Silver Line riders know, abruptly ends and dumps traffic via a long ramp on to Adams Boulevard. In Days of Yore, there was talk about continuing the Transitway north to Union Station to link to the El Monte Busway but the prospective bill for that terminated such talk. (Here’s an excellent post by Dana Gabbard on Streetsblog that explains the Transitway’s history).
As for the new proposed extension, as the headline states — it’s not without controversy. The extension would impact the new bike lanes on Figueroa and others are not pleased about the visual impacts. Check out the renderings at Urbanize.
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