Dept. of Baseball: An Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup is still very much on the table although I don’t think the Milwaukee Brewers will be an easy out. Games 3, 4 and 5 are in L.A. beginning Monday. Reminder: the Dodger Stadium Express offers freebie service from Union Station and Harbor Gateway and the refreshment opportunities at Union Station take a big step forward beginning Thursday. As for Milwaukee, I like to think of it as the Cleveland of Wisconsin!
This just in: the art museum there looks nice.
And this, on the off chance you don’t fully appreciate the 1970s when two of TV’s most popular shows — “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” — were set in Milwaukee. Attentive Source readers know that the best and most authentic television shows are set outside of L.A. or New York. See: “Ozark,” “The Wire,” “Better Call Saul” or “The Walking Dead.”
Dept. of Walking Dead: It was a tough call but I’m with Maggie on this one. Excellent season 9 premiere.
Dept. of Crenshaw/LAX Line Time-Lapse
Dept. of Twitter
Authorities have found a tunnel with a rail system and solar panels (!) beneath the U.S.-Mexico border: https://t.co/IlPjQweSKe
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) October 10, 2018
Any line naming ideas?
Cameras outside the @Space_Station captured views of #HurricaneMichael at 12:58 p.m. EDT Oct. 10 from an altitude of 255 miles as the storm made landfall as a category 4 hurricane over the Florida panhandle: https://t.co/XiQaPboPvi pic.twitter.com/XWtUG8dkjX
— NASA Goddard Images (@NASAGoddardPix) October 10, 2018
The climate crisis is closer than you think: A major UN report says that by 2040 we could see worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs. https://t.co/fitcGIvAwE
— NYT Climate (@nytclimate) October 9, 2018
Friendly reminder: Generally speaking, taking transit or walking or biking instead of driving alone is a good way to produce lower greenhouse gas emissions. See this post.
The agency is so focused on trying to run its trains and buses safely and efficiently that “customers often come as an afterthought,” the report said.
When they do receive information about delays and their causes, it is often inconsistent, the report said. Some information about changes is posted to social media platforms before it is shared internally, leaving conductors and bus drivers unprepared to answer questions from riders, it said.
FWIW, we have three members of our social media team who work in our Rail Operations Center in Willowbrook in addition to another employee who works in Metro HQ. We don’t have 24-7 coverage but do have our main Twitter feed and rider alert Twitter feed staffed during all peak hours on weekdays, as well as mid-days and weekends during the day.
Link Union Station is a really interesting project that could greatly benefit regional rail — i.e. Metrolink and Amtrak and create space for high-speed rail.
The project aims to build ‘run-through’ tracks for Metrolink, Amtrak and high-speed rail — so those trains can enter and exit Union Station from both the north and south. At present, Union Station is a dead-end station and that adversely impacts capacity and travel times.
Part of the project also involves building a new passenger concourse above the tracks instead of below. That would be less expensive and be easier construction-wise. See this presentation from which the above slide was taken.
When will the project happen? The project would likely be built in phases with the new concourse coming later. And this caveat:funding for the new concourse still needs to be secured. Thoughts?
Metro’s web page on SB 1 is here.