Dept. of Outside the Box:
One reader says identifying L.A.'s rail lines by letter or number is "too sterile and officious." Instead, officials "should name them after animals and make the lead car shaped like them, like at amusement parks, the giraffe line, the elephant line." pic.twitter.com/ilbSKDq7V6
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) September 19, 2018
Here’s a Source post on Metro staff’s new report on transit line renaming. Letters or numbers appear to be on the table.
As for animals, we can always muse. I’d go with the local variety, past or present and native or not. Meaning we could have a Grizzly Bear Line, Mastodon Line, Wooly Mammoth Line, Peacock Line, Coyote Line, Puma Line, Quail Line, Desert Tortoise Line, Pit Bull Line (I own one — not mocking) and…what else? Suggestions please.
Dept. of Ridership: These are the latest Census numbers as compiled by transit writer Yonah Freemark. What I see: the status quo largely prevails with the Car the King in most of America perhaps due to a confluence of factors: a strong economy, affordable cars and gasoline and plentiful road capacity. Click through the tweets to see all the numbers.
US Census data for 2017 are out (thanks @WalkableDFW). Here are the key trends in transportation since 2010 (big margins of error). At the US level as a whole, ride-hailing services have roughly doubled number of people "taxiing" to work—but they represent only 1/500 commuters. pic.twitter.com/BX0xlTwqaV
— Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) September 19, 2018
Of the largest commuting cities, several trends stand out: Most saw a decline in share of people driving alone, with major exceptions of Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, Philadelphia, and San Diego. pic.twitter.com/n2gcIuJJFq
— Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) September 19, 2018
Dept. of Project Planning:
Metro’s soon-to-be worst performing extension https://t.co/o8rmT1lWxV
— Scott Frazier (@safrazie) September 20, 2018
Click through to see the thread. In terms of the soon-to-be, under Measure M the project is scheduled to open between 2030-32 unless funding can be secured to accelerate the project as part of the Twenty-Eight by ’28 Initiative. I’d be interested to hear from some South Bay residents and project proponents.
Dept. of Scooters:
“Bird has racked up 10 million rides on its electric scooters, the company will announce today. More than 2 million riders … 100 cities … 14.3 million miles. The average ride has been 1.43 miles” via @politico Transportation News @birdsco
— SoCal Mobility (@SoCalMoves) September 20, 2018
"STICKS ON BOARDS!" Enraged San Diego boomers freak out over scooters on sidewalks. Funny because they caused the problem – by opposing any street infrastructure that would reduce auto lanes/parking. #CarCulture https://t.co/T66dugZILs
— paul jamason (@sdurban) September 20, 2018
Dept. of Oh Yeah My Venture-Capital Subsidized Uber and Lyft Ride Will Be Super Cheap Forever Even When They Have to Buy and Maintain Expensive Robot-Driven Cars:
— John Gordon (@j6ordon) September 24, 2018
One of the three new Superkind videos gets the Ad of the Day award from Adweek.
A deeper dive on some numbers the Long Beach P.D. issued in a press release last week:
In the last year, through ongoing outreach and enforcement efforts, the LBPD has reduced Part 1 crime by 50% and Part 2 crime by 80% within the eight station platforms and trains that fall under the City’s jurisdiction. The presence of officers in and around the platforms has reduced assaults against train operators by 30%, and achieved an average Priority 1 response time of 2.38 minutes. These significant decreases are a direct result of the partnership between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the dedication of LBPD personnel.
As the Post finds, the LBPD is also responsible for a significant number of arrests on the Metro system. Rumination on that follows.
More a press release than a story, but a nice reminder that human beings can send an SUV to Mars but maybe haven’t figured out the best way yet to get a bunch of crotchety luggage-haulers onto an airplane.
Quasi-related: I flew Delta out of the newly renovated Terminal 2 at LAX a couple weeks ago. Hmmm. Got through security lickety-split on a Friday night, the stores and eateries looked bright and shiny….and then the gates. Far too many in too little space, not enough seats and the power outlets weren’t working. A work in progress, hopefully.
Also a nice reminder that LAX is the second-busiest airport in the U.S. and there’s only so much space unless they can find a way to expand into the fourth dimension. It’s jarring to land in Cincinnati where the airport is basically empty after Delta and other carriers decided Cincy was more spoke than hub.
Dept. of Addiction: Those mini-crosswords the NYT offers are a pretty awesome way to kill time transiting and keep the brain from going mush.
I’m skeptical about the number of people willing to drive to Victorville to board a train, although if it means they can start tackling adult beverages earlier, I can see some folks departing the 15.
As for the choo-choo, I think the new company’s approach is smart. Forget going full-scale bullet and just go 70-something miles per hour — faster than traffic can move between Lucky Town and L.A. at busy times of the week. It also greatly lowers expenses.
Good column by Steve Scauzillo echoing my views (I’m a Pasadenan): “If this failure taught us anything, it is this: It’s not the bikes that we need, it’s the safe spaces to ride.”
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