Dept. of Bus Benches: Check out this thread. I literally can’t think of much use for a bus bench other than…a bus bench.
The new stadium for the Rams and Chargers will be about 1.5 miles from the Crenshaw/LAX Line station that will serve downtown Inglewood (at Florence and La Brea). The challenge: finding the $600 million or so for the people mover.
One idea the city of Inglewood is mulling: a property tax increment financing district, in which increases in property taxes help finance the project. The city is also looking at public-private partnerships as a possibility.
The stadium will host 20 regular season NFL games, the 2022 Super Bowl and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympics, as well as some soccer games (and other events). The 2026 World Cup will also include games in the L.A. area although the venue hasn’t been selected yet.
Bold prediction: a reader will ask why the Crenshaw/LAX Line wasn’t planned to go closer to the stadium. Short answer: the project was approved by the Federal Transit Administration in Dec. 2011 and heavy construction began in 2014 whereas the deal to build the new stadium and relocate the Rams to L.A. didn’t happen until 2016 with several stadium sites under consideration in the years prior.
The Problem With the Metro Blue/Expo Light Rail Is… Cars (Streetsblog LA)
Excellent post and video that looks at an issue we have frequently heard about over the years: the stretch of the Expo Line between Vermont and 7th/Metro, including the junction with the Blue Line at Washington and Flower. The challenges: trains run at street level, trains are running every three minutes during peak hours and trains must contend with some extremely busy intersections.
Metro staff last summer gave the Board some early concepts on improving the Blue/Expo junction, as well as separating sections of both lines from the street either via tunnels or bridges. Very intriguing but it must be noted that these are improvements that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and funding would need to be secured before anything could happen.
On a related note, the issue of traffic signal priority burped forth on Twitter this week. Metro and the city have been working together on this issue for some time and some short-term improvements are in the works. The same issues are relevant on other Metro lines, including the Orange Line busway (where railroad-style crossing gates are being studied, as well as a pair of bridges over busy streets) and parts of the Gold Line.
The way it has been explained to us is that the traffic signals are timed to the train schedule, i.e. if trains arrive at intersections on schedule, they should get a green. It's not an automatic green every time the train reaches an intersection.
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) July 18, 2018
The city of Pasadena may ask voters in November to consider a sales tax increase that officials say is necessary to maintain essential city services and infrastructure.
What makes this article relevant here: the Pasadena mayor points out that much of the sales taxes already collected in the city are going elsewhere — including two cents on the dollar to Metro via the agency’s four sales tax measures (Prop A in 1980, Prop C in 1990, Measure R in 2008 and Measure M in 2016).
The issue for Pasadena: only a portion of those funds are directly returned to the city. That is correct — and I think it’s important to emphasize that’s also by design. A portion of the Metro sales taxes are returned to cities and unincorporated areas on a per capita basis for local transportation projects.
The remainder of the funds are used to build, operate and maintain a regional mobility system that includes roads, transit and walking/biking projects and programs. Example: the $2.8-billion, 31-mile Gold Line, which includes six stations in Pasadena. The vast majority of that was paid for by Metro (via funds collected from across L.A. County), not the city of Pasadena, and I think it’s fair to say that Pasadena has benefited from that regional investment.
Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express: Mark my words, the Dodgers will face the surging Cincinnati Reds in the 2019 playoffs. Can’t wait. In the meantime, you can take the bus from Union Station and the Harbor Transitway to see the Dodgers en route to another NL West title this year. More here.
Things to read whilst transiting: “The Big Business of Becoming Bhad Bhabie” in the NYT magazine (warning: mild adult language). This is the ‘cash me outside’ person. Since I can’t post one of her pottymouthed videos, let’s go instead with this hump day palette cleanser:
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