Interestingness from Twitter:
Are you, or do you know, a top-shelf UX designer capable of leading a transit agency in our quest to become fully customer-centric in all digital product and service design? DM me, please.
— john gordon (@j6ordon) February 22, 2019
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) February 22, 2019
I’m not much for awards shows, but I recently saw “Mr. Roosevelt” from 2017 and it was one of the funnier flicks I’ve seen in the last couple years. Warning: it has adult language and other adulty stuff. I also watched “Annihilation” on the plane the other night and thought it was pretty good in an Alien/Predators/Avatar/Contact kind of way. But not as good as “Arrival.”
It’s like the self-driving car is already here. Read, sleep, watch and text.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) February 14, 2019
— Nathan Pope (@npope32) February 22, 2019
SR-2: Markings show slide 240-feet above Angeles Crest Hwy, with unstable debris cone. Above that, 3 more unstable debris slides must be removed in top-down process on steep slope because rocks, weighing several tons each, could fall. Debris must be cleared before opening SR-2 pic.twitter.com/8j3DHffVBY
— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) February 22, 2019
Another good day for the attorneys: President Trump has ended negotiations with California over Obama-era emission standards for cars. As the NYT reports, at the heart of the talks was our state’s right to set its own tighter emissions rules to help air quality — which is often bad but could be worse. The issue, shocker, is almost certainly headed for a long stay in the courts.
Bikes: Thieves have been hitting Metro bike lockers and bike hubs, leading staff to mull some changes, reports the Daily News.
Bullet train: A lot has been written about Gov. Newsom’s statement that the project would focus on the Bakersfield-to-Merced segment in the San Joaquin Valley (underpasses, bridges, grade separations and other rail infrastructure is being built on some of that now).
I’m not sure why that surprised anyone or why it was treated as a major announcement — there hasn’t been the funding to build anything beyond that segment anyway.
I’ll simply repeat what I’ve said before: I think high-speed rail would be a great benefit to California but it doesn’t have to be insanely high speed to be great. I’d personally be perfectly happy with a train that could run between DTLA and DTSF in four or even five hours.
Why? It currently takes 11+ hours to get to Oakland on a train (seriously) and I bet a four- to five-hour ride would be attractive to those who drive or those who don’t want to fuss with airports — or those traveling from the many fine places between LA and SF.
Anyway, stay tuned. I think there are a lot more questions than firm answers at this point and I’m curious to know what will end up running on the Valley segment.
710 gap news: Alhambra is talking about the area between the 10 freeway and Valley Boulevard into a park, reports the Alhambra Source. Not everyone is loving that idea, saying traffic from the freeway will likely go somewhere — and that somewhere is their neighborhoods.
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