Dept. of Construction: a few pics below that just rolled in from the Purple Line Extension project.
Meanwhile, over on the Crenshaw/LAX Line, restoration work on Crenshaw Boulevard continues above the underground section of the line with the work moving north to the area around the future Martin Luther King, Jr. Station.
Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express: the Giants are coming to town beginning tonight and the NL West looks to be a good three-way race between the Dodgers, D-Backs and Rockies, with the losers maybe not making the playoffs. More here on Metro’s free bus service to the ballpark from Union Station and Harbor Gateway.
Also, the private aerial tram proposal between Union Station and Dodger Stadium made to Metro continues to work its way through the agency’s unsolicited proposal process. On Friday, Metro sent its “RFI” — Request for Information — back to the private firm that wants to build the tramway. Stay tuned.
Art of Transit:
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The first article concerns a recent legislative hearing in Sacramento. The second article — published earlier this summer — is the more important one and focuses on why officials pushed for a 2 hour, 40 minute run time between L.A. and S.F. when the $9.95-billion bullet train bond measure went to voters in 2008.
The answer: bullet train officials thought if it a running time wasn’t cemented in law, it would be eroded by financial, NIMBY and other compromises over time. I get it, but what we’re left with is a hugely ambitious project that is vastly underfunded. And speed requirements don’t help as more speed = more $s.
And this, which I’ve written before: sure the 2:40 time may make the bullet train competitive with flying. But I think that’s beside the point. A train that can beat driving would likely be very popular up and down the state. If I could leave DTLA and be in S.F. in five hours on a very comfortable train, I’d take it.
Top speed for scooters in LA: 12 miles per hour (Curbed LA)
Lots of scooter news this summer. The city of L.A. is looking at speed limits while the city of SaMo is looking at other companies — ones owned by Lyft and Uber — besides the popular Birds.
At least the city of SaMo has a big bike lane network. In much of the rest of So Cal, the issue will remain: the electric scooters are popular and seemingly a good first/last mile device. But where should they be ridden?
One of the nation’s largest transit systems has canceled 20 or more trains daily over parts of the summer — and there’s no quick fix to some of the staffing shortages.
Maybe renting Lamborghinis to tourists isn’t such a great idea. The speeding fines — the car was caught going 150 mph — total more than $47,000 bucks in the U.S.
Both problems are seen as almost intractable. The article concludes with this cogent point:
The 2014 FRA study differentiates between those who trespass on rail lines and those who plan to take their own lives.
“Reducing the overall number of individuals who attempt suicide by all means will likely result in a decrease in suicides on the railroad rights-of-way,” the study says.
Speaking of the Chili Peppers (art of transit) I just can’t stop reading articles about transportation funding.
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