Therese is Metro’s chief planner. Good conversation on Black Kids in Outer Space.
Dept. of NextGen Bus Study: Metro is in the midst of a study to restructure its bus network. This online tool allows you to rank your priorities, basically along the lines of more frequency on some corridors versus more bus service to more areas. This is important as the bus restructuring is trying to figure out how best way to serve our county with the same amount of service in terms of bus hours.
Dept. of Elections:
Over 15 million people cited transportation as their primary barrier to voting in the 2016 election — that’s why we’re introducing The Ride to Vote. Lyft will provide free and discounted rides to the Polls. #TheRidetoVote //t.co/E8GVhNNkE8 pic.twitter.com/1kmqWlSpsB
— Lyft (@lyft) August 23, 2018
The editor of the Santa Monica Daily Press is calling for congestion fee for driving in downtown Santa Monica. pic.twitter.com/c4gM1Y6z5i
— Javier Panzar 🦅 (@jpanzar) August 27, 2018
Dept. of Dodger Stadium Express: I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Dodgers win the NL West. They have plenty of games left against the D-Backs and Rockies, plus a GUARANTEED three wins over the woeful Cincinnati Reds. Neither Arizona or Colorado plays the Reds down the stretch. More on the freebie bus between the ballpark and both Union Station and Harbor Gateway here.
Dept. of Go Metro the the Rams: I love that Coach Sean McVay is smart enough to mostly sit the starters during the preseason — which is designed only to make the league money and get good players hurt. My guess is the Rams will be rewarded with two extra regular season victories and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. How to reach the Coliseum via the Expo Line and Silver Line.
I don’t buy it but this is reporters doing what they’re supposed to do: report what people are saying and kicking the tires.
As the article notes, there are a lot of factors that influence crime rates and no one has really been able to pinpoint why crime went up in Santa Monica in 2016 and ’17.
Attentive transit advocates know that fear of crime has been a popular way to fight transit expansion in the past.
Seventy-plus miles north of downtown Los Angeles and north of Tejon Pass, the Tejon Ranch wants to build a community along the 5 freeway that can support 19,000 or so new residents. This is an area without any train service to L.A. — an area a lot closer to Bakersfield than L.A. (And, quite frankly, still well outside the metro B-field area although similar distance to L.A. as Lancaster).
Will it happen? Who knows. Some environmental groups have agreed not to sue in exchange for most of the Ranch being set aside. But not all groups have and approvals are still not done.
As this excellent story notes, this is more old school So Cal development than new, although supporters say the housing crisis is severe enough that all housing is needed — in the urban core and well outside. Thoughts?
To be sure, the vast majority of megaprojects around the world bust their budgets, though, for a variety of technical, legal, political and financial reasons. Boston’s 3.5-mile Big Dig, for example, was finished in 2007 — nine years behind schedule and at a cost of $14.6 billion, up from an initial estimate of $2.5 billion. The 11-mile East Side Access tunnel in New York City is 14 years behind schedule, and its tab has grown from $4.3 billion to $11.1 billion…
…Records show that NASA spent an average of $30 million a day during the 13-year Apollo moon program (adjusted to 2018 dollars) and had 35,000 government employees. The rail authority has been adding to its executive staff this year, but currently has 226 state employees and hundreds of consultants who also help manage the program.
As I’ve said before, I think the train — if built between San Francisco and L.A. — will be very popular. But figuring how to fund it is an ongoing challenge, to say the least.
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