Dept. of Twitter Tuesday on Wednesdays:
— StreetsblogLA (@StreetsblogLA) July 31, 2018
Realistically, the Blue Line can’t return to form without being a reliable peak hour service again. As car traffic increases idk if that’s doable w/o a major rebuild https://t.co/cnElakKg2b
— Scott Frazier (@safrazie) July 25, 2018
Where were rail losses last year? Off peak for the subway, but all day for the blue line. pic.twitter.com/eYFka8EcX9
— Scott Frazier (@safrazie) July 25, 2018
Elon Musk said today that his project connecting downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport is "certain to cover its operational costs." That would be rare, in the transportation world. Good story digging into Musk's $1-billion project cost estimate: https://t.co/zIvXrvA5BL
— Laura J. Nelson ? (@laura_nelson) June 14, 2018
Art of Transit
Speaking of tunnel boring machines, here’s a look at the first of two TBMs that will dig the tunnels for section one of our Purple Line Extension between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega stations.
Dept. of Timetables: The new Warner Center Shuttle timetable is here. I know there were requests.
Art of Transit 2:
There’s a webcam that shows the construction of the private development rising next to the Expo Line’s Culver City Station. Go to the page and click on the timelapse function if you have 29 seconds or so to spare.
A good follow-up on the Feasibility Study/Alternatives Analysis released earlier this month for the Crenshaw Northern Extension project. Under the Measure M spending plan (scroll down) the project would be completed in 2047.
A new policy at Metro also allows cities and other groups to attempt to accelerate construction for projects, if they can secure 5% to 25% of the project’s total cost. Depending on the route Metro selects, that could be at least $550 million.
West Hollywood agreed in May to hire a consultant to locate other sources of funding, including raising the city’s sales tax, bonding against the local sales tax revenue from Measure M, or securing a partnership with a company that could pay for part of the construction.
The ridership is certainly promising — and it’s not a stretch to imagine this line being very popular. Ridership is a good way to attract federal funding, although that’s not exactly in excess supply these days.
Good post by Joe Linton on the degree of difficulty of getting a student pass for his daughter (the comments are also good). One significant hiccup Joe experienced: getting the proper documentation from school before school is in session in order to get the TAP card before classes actually start.
The post has made the rounds here. It’s worth noting that the current system is in place to prevent adults from fraudulently using kids’ TAP cards.
Good roundup of news involving the popular first/last mile scooters. I like ’em but I’m glad Santa Monica is booting them off the overcrowded beach bike path — which has long needed a widening, even before the electric scooters began roaming the Earth.
The editorial backs limiting cheap taxi traffic on certain streets, high wages for drivers and congestion pricing to pay for the many-needed subway improvements. Good luck with that slot machine, NYT! 🙂
Things to listen to whilst transiting: I don’t think the audio is posted yet, but KPCC’s Airtalk had an interesting segment this morning on whether Caltrans should be allowed to post signs saying certain projects are paid for with SB 1 funds. One legislator wants the signs removed, alleging they are political speech. Attentive readers know that California voters in November will consider Prop 6, which would repeal the gas tax and vehicle fee increases signed into law in 2017 to pay for transportation projects across the state. The segment was based on this LAT story.
Summery things to listen to: If you haven’t heard of Carole King, ask your parents or grandparents sometime or pick up “Tapestry” at the old-timey store. I was in a Metro conference room with Young Employees yesterday and almost none of them were even familiar with “The Bangles” or “Walk Like an Egyptian,” a song that I wrongly presumed had secured its place in Pop Culture.
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