Hope everyone had a not-so-productive and relaxing holiday in advance of the coming heatwave.
Dept. of Curious Journalists:
It's the day after a holiday, and I'm feeling a little devil-may-care, so let's do this: What's your weirdest, grossest or most memorable experience with one of the upholstered seats on @metrolosangeles? Don't hold back!
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) July 5, 2018
If the cloth vs. plastic seat issue interests you, then check out this presentation to the Metro Board’s Customer Satisfaction Committee on different ways to boost ridership. Point of emphasis: the removal of cloth seats is a pilot program as there would be costs involved with changing all the seats. And, of course, there are probably some folks who prefer the cloth seats. Feel to free to chime in with your opinion.
Art of Transit:
We have good news! Because the community & media helped spread the word, the LAPD was able to locate family of the found child and reunite them. It’s still an ongoing investigation but we want to thank @LAPDCentralArea, @LAPDMarcReina and DCFS for their nonstop work //t.co/CzXt4SGeuT
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 5, 2018
The stations are Culver City, Palms, Rancho Park, Sepulveda and Bundy. Most of the zoning changes are on major streets — such as Pico — and industrial areas. As the article notes, the plan could be a template for other areas along the Metro Rail system.
The plan could allow about 6,000 new condos and apartments, although that will ultimately be decided by developers and the market.
Letters from readers about the Metro Board’s approval of a light rail line between Van Nuys and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station.
One reader wonders if a bus would be better than a train and another reader asks that the train — which will run down the middle of Van Nuys Boulevard — run under intersections rather than through them.
Will the Crenshaw Line strand South Bay riders? (Curbed LA)
Metro staff have proposed an operating plan for the Green Line and Crenshaw/LAX, whose tracks are joined just west of the Green Line’s Aviation Station. The Metro Board at their last meeting asked staff to return this fall with more options to consider. Some interestingness in the comments.
Long story that looks at Andy Byne’s chances of improving New York Subway service. Byne performed well in Toronto and London but the New Yorker is slightly skeptical, pointing to the size of the challenge in Gotham.
The challenge: running the nation’s busiest transit system while simultaneously rebuilding it. Here’s a paragraph that efficiently describes the problem:
Part of the ongoing problem is the peculiar political status of the M.T.A., which is controlled by the governor but financed jointly by the city and the state. For governors, New York City’s transit budget is a huge expense that delivers few votes; for mayors, it is a kind of taxation without representation. Leaders in recent years, starting with Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, have found it expedient to divert transit funds to other purposes. (Giuliani redirected four hundred million dollars from the M.T.A. in his first year in office.) Top officials have encouraged borrowing that has proved financially ruinous. This lack of political seriousness is a root cause. Deferred maintenance, increasingly decrepit tracks and signals and cars, and filthy stations are knock-on effects.
Officials for years have talked about congestion pricing in New York — with money being used to help the transit system (although more funding would likely be needed). But CP has proved a tough sell and the best officials have done is a surcharge for vehicles-for-hire south of 96th Street in Manhattan.
Dept. of Skepticism About Robot Cars:
Any time you encounter an autonomous vehicle advocate who claims AVs will make the world a better place, ask them these questions:
— (((Matthew Lewis))) (@mateosfo) July 2, 2018
Dept. of Some Post-Holiday Music: the kiddies out there may know this as the song from the Thor movie.
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