Check out Metro’s new “Join the Movement” ad, which you may also see on television this week. The spot is part of a broader campaign designed to get people thinking about the different ways to get around our region — and to get involved in the get-around discussion. How do you like the ad, folks?
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) November 5, 2018
Not sure about you, but my poor lil’ mailbox is busting at the seams with campaign fliers. It mercifully comes to the end manana. We don’t take sides on election issues in this space; but it’s fair to say the big transportation item on tomorrow’s ballot is Prop 6, which asks voters to repeal the gas tax and vehicle fee increases approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017.
On Saturday night, the first rail cars were towed from the Green Line’s rail yard to the new rail yard that will serve the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The cars will be used for a variety of tests as construction on the yard and new light rail heads toward completion.
On the subject of other, non-governmenty construction…Elon Musk posted a video tour of the Boring Company’s test tunnel under Hawthorne. The test tunnel is less than two miles long (disturbing!) and is a prototype for the network of tunnels that Musk wants to build under Los Angeles — beginning with one running from near a Red Line station to Dodger Stadium. Stay tuned.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 3, 2018
Natalia Lusinski of Business Insider asked 25 people for the worst things about living in LA — and it’s not just the traffic and most of her answers involve…traffic or public transit or just plain getting around. It’s a fun read and utterly predictable in its complaints.
Our region has struggled in some places to add density near transit lines. And now a lawsuit seeks to overturn a plan that would allow up to 6,000 more residential units along the Metro Expo Line, reports the L.A. Times. The plaintiff is Fix the City, the same group that has taken similar stances on other city zoning and transportation plans. Fix the City says better infrastructure is needed to accommodate more people and cars.
From the Dept. of Scooter Wars, Bird has sued Beverly Hills over the city’s ban on electric scooters — saying such a ban is illegal, reports the LAT. The city had previously impounded about 1,000 scooters found within its boundaries and charged Bird $100,000 to get them back. So it’s not exactly a shocker lawyers are gonna lawyer.
The folks at MIT surveyed folks around the world and asked them how self-driving cars should be programmed when an accident is imminent. The answers, generally speaking, were that cars should try their best to reduce carnage and should hit an older person before hitting a younger person. That said, the answers weren’t the same everywhere.
I hope the programming is included in the window sticker so I know if my robot car is gonna take out the deer and put me into the tree. I’m not saying which is better; just saying I wanna know.
On that subject, a little Monday music…