Art of Transit:
Pasadena to pull out of Metro Bike Share one year after launch (Pasadena Star News)
Metro officials say they are disappointed and point to coming improvements in the Metro Bike Share system — such as the new $1.75 walk-up fare that begins Thursday. Pasadena officials say ridership is too low and they can no longer afford their share of the costs but they’ll explore dockless bike share systems going forward.
The elephant in the room — and not really discussed in this article — is that getting around on a bike in Pasadena is not easy. The city has some bike lanes and bike routes, but few on the major corridors and many destinations require riding on busy streets in vehicle traffic. On Sunday mornings, Pas can be a great place to ride. At other times, not so much.
Shocker: City with practically zero bike infrastructure proves bad fit for bikeshare //t.co/kK9w37nHPe
— Aaron Mendelson (@a_mendelson) July 10, 2018
Attentive Source readers know this has always been a hot topic among riders. In addition to some alarming anecdotes, the LAT throws in some history about seats and transit interiors.
As for the cloth seats, vinyl — with a “drainage hole” — will be tried on the Red/Purple Line while cloth seats will remain on buses and Metro’s four light rail lines. If I was a Young Person, “drainage hole” would make a pretty good band name.
Please free to assert your view in the comments section.
I will say this as Your Friendly Neighborhood Government Public Relations Person: the vast majority of transit trips are eventless for the seated and unseated. That said, there’s no doubt our system is used by a wide variety of people, including some who are experiencing very hard times and who probably wish they had access to the kind of facilities many of us take for granted. You can read more about Metro’s efforts to help the homeless here.
Neal Broverman mulls the initial concepts released in June for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor rail line between the Orange Line in the Valley and the Expo Line on the Westside.
He likes some more than others. Spoiler: on Neal’s report card the monorail concept is closer to an “F” than “A+.”
Partially in response to the Age of Instagram, the proposed tram would run from the studio’s Burbank lot to near the top of Mt. Lee, where a new visitor center and selfie vantage point would be built. Warner Bros. says it would share some of the tram’s fares with the city of L.A.
Metro is evaluating a different privately-funded proposal to build an aerial tram from Union Station to Dodger Stadium.
FWIW. If I was a gambler, I’d bet the two future Purple Line stations in Beverly Hills — at Wilshire/La Cienega and Wilshire/Rodeo — will be very busy and used frequently by residents, those who work in Beverly Hills and the tourists who flock there.
That’s the way things roll in Gotham, where the New York Governor has more control over the New York City subway than the mayor.
That’s definitely not how things roll in LaLaLand, where City Hall and the Metro Mothership may as well be connected via the BatPhone.
Dept. of Humpday:
My smartypants phone delivered up this Elvis Costello gem this morning — a pretty good alternative to those Gold Line announcements. Elvis is playing the Purple Line-adjacent Wiltern in November, btw.
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