Crenshaw/LAX Line construction: here are some fresh pics.
Art of Transit: I was remiss in not posting this last month. If you don’t follow us on Instagram, please do so! My colleague Anna Chen does a great job curating the stream and we’re always looking for creative pics that say something about mobility in our area. Tag us if you’ve got a hot pic.
Metro Planning Upgrade To 210 Freeway/Gold Line Barrier In Pasadena (Streetsblog LA)
The idea is to prevent trucks and other vehicles from crashing through the barriers and onto the Gold Line tracks, which run down the middle of the 210 from Pasadena to Arcadia. There have been several incidents in recent years that have shut down service (see above). Thankfully none have involved vehicles hitting trains.
Much more design and engineering work needs to be done to meet Caltrans requirements. The $11 million above is for that work, which will determine the actual construction cost. You can listen to a brief explanation from Metro staff at the 10-minute mark of the webstream of the Metro Board’s Construction Committee meeting on Thursday.
A follow-up to the news that Foothill Transit is going to acquire a couple double deckers.
Double deckers have been used in transit service in the past, but the last go-round was with the RTD in the 1980s, which had trouble replacing parts and avoiding low-hanging branches/structures (as reported by the LAT).
In LA Mag, Thomas Harlander argues open air double-deckers — like the tourist ones — would be a huge boon to local transit service. “Just imagine what our city would be like if even a fraction of those buses were swapped out for open-top double deckers; not only would the number of decks on a given bus be multiplied by two, but riders on the top would get to bask in that world-famous L.A. sunshine,” he writes.
Concur or not, readers?
Both Lyft and Uber are increasingly getting into the first/last mile business, hoping to offer “multi-modal” options. This interview with Uber’s CEO offers some insight, with some smart questions — including one about the app possibly getting too cluttered with different options in the future.
The big question hovering over all this is whether customers of Lyft’s and Uber’s cheap taxi rides are really looking for multiple options or just want end-to-end rides.
In one sense, not exactly new news — the White House has been pushing for more local funding of local projects. The challenge is that local agencies often don’t have enough money to both run transit systems and build expensive capital projects.
Metro has somewhat skirted that problem over the years by raising funds locally through four countywide half-cent sales tax measures. Still, some of our projects also need federal dollars — both the Purple Line Extension’s first and second sections and the Regional Connector received large grants. Metro is currently working on finalizing an agreement for the third section of the Purple Line between Century City and the Westwood/VA Hospital.
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