Dept. of Behind the Scenes at Expo Line rail yard: follow Metro on Instagram for more like this.
Art of Transit:
Above: concrete block cutting at the future Crenshaw/Expo underground station on the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Below, prep work for an escalator at the station. Photos by LA Metro.
Metro needs a letter from the Trump Administration by Oct. 3 that commits to a future federal grant to help pay for the third leg of the Purple Line Extension between Century City and Westwood.
Metro awarded a tunneling contract for section three earlier this year. Without a letter by Oct. 3, Metro will have to begin the procurement process anew for a tunnel. Attentive Source readers know that The Procurement Process does not travel at light speed.
As the LAT editorial board puts it:
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority desperately hopes to complete the $9-billion subway extension in 2026, two years before the Olympics. But Metro is facing a critical funding deadline next month that could determine whether the subway is completed in time for the games. Whether the project meets its deadlines is in the hands of the Trump Administration.
The White House has put a freeze on new federal grants for transit projects — saying they should be paid for by the local residents who use them. The third section of the Purple Line would be an exception to that policy and would be helpful to the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics — as UCLA will host the athletes village, as well as some competitions. Stay tuned.
The council created a one-year program to allow any company to apply for a permit to deploy up to 10,500 scooters. The temporary rules will give transportation officials time to tinker with the policies before lawmakers approve a permanent plan, they said.
The two articles above are and aren’t related. They are: in the sense that scooters will undoubtedly serve as competition for bike share. They aren’t: Pas doesn’t have scooters. Yet.
As the article notes, the L.A. City Council has put a lot of conditions on the scooter companies, as well as dock-less bikes.
It’s certainly interesting that so many companies want to be in the mobility business, specifically the first/last mile end of things. I think it’s worth pointing out that the mobility business is a tough one and expensive one — there’s a reason that public transit systems across the U.S. (including Metro) are heavily subsidized.
Of course, many of the scooter companies don’t have to worry about profit, at least not yet. They are backed by venture capitalists (see this article) hoping for a return at a later date.
The big problem no one has yet solved in So Cal facing both publicly and privately funded bike share and scooters: where to ride them. If sidewalks are off-limits — as they should be — are there enough bike lanes and places on the street to ride these things safely?
In this op-ed, the American Civil Liberties Union is not exactly thrilled about Metro’s new mobile scanners that will be used to screen riders for explosives.
Long post worth a read — ignore the parentheses in the headline. Of course, the popularity of cars has a lot to do with it! Geez Louise.
Good paragraph worth mulling:
It is not a coincidence that, while almost every interurban and streetcar line in the U.S. failed, nearly every grade-separated subway or elevated system survived. Transit agencies continued to provide frequent service on these lines so they remained viable, and when trains did not have to share the road and stop at intersections, they could also be time competitive with the car. The subways and els of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston are all still around, while the vast streetcar and interurban networks of Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, and many others are long gone. Only when transit didn’t need to share the road with the car, and frequent service continued, was it able to survive.
Discuss please. I don’t think you need advanced Transportation Planning Degrees to understand the concept.
Dept. of Active Transporting: Source readers in the past have proven to be very geographically minded. Please take your best educated guess as to where the bottom photo was taken over the Labor Day weekend. Attentive readers know that taking transit is one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, thus, help preserve things such as glaciers.