— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) February 26, 2019
They’re not allowed on Metro either — unless you can fit them in a carrier you can carry 🙂
Hey @metrolosangeles – single tracking in the evenings on the Expo Line continues to be horrendous. The headways unacceptable. When will this end? > 20 minute headways? Really? pic.twitter.com/HfpbMQcWCo
— Patrick Lewis 🏳️🌈 (@pjrocks) February 26, 2019
you: why do you take @metrolosangeles everywhere?
— tom nakanishi (@tomnakanishi) February 25, 2019
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) February 26, 2019
Take the Blue Line to see your Los Angeles Angels of Long Beach? The city and the ball club are in early talks, with the Angels free to move from Anaheim after their lease expires following the 2020 season, reports the Long Beach Post.
The site under discussion is a giant parking lot just east of the downtown arena and convention center. In case you’re curious, it’s about a half-mile walk to the nearest Blue Line station.
Metro wants to study taxing Uber and Lyft rides to help reduce traffic and fund the building of projects in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, reports the LAT. Metro staff wants the Metro Board to approve a study of this and congestion pricing on Thursday as part of the Re-Imagining LA County plan.
No one really knows what percentage of traffic consist of Uber and Lyft vehicles in our region. But San Francisco studied the issue and found:
- On a typical weekday, TNCs make more than 170,000 vehicle trips within San Francisco, approximately 12 times the number of taxi trips, representing 15% of all intra-San Francisco vehicle trips.
- TNC trips are concentrated in the densest and most congested parts of San Francisco, including the downtown and northeastern core of the city. At peak periods, TNCs are estimated to comprise 20-26% of vehicle trips in Downtown areas and the South of Market. At the other end of the range, TNCs comprise 2%-4% of peak vehicle trips in the southern and western part of the city.
- On an average weekday, more than 5,700 TNC vehicles operate on San Francisco streets during the peak period. On Fridays, over 6,500 TNC vehicles are on the street at the peak.
- TNCs drive approximately 570,000 vehicle miles within San Francisco on a typical weekday. This accounts for 20% of all local daily vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and includes both in-service and out-of-service mileage. Taken over total weekday VMT, which includes regional trips, local TNC trips account for an estimated 6.5% of total weekday vehicle miles traveled.
That’s a lot of Uber and Lyft cars. I suspect the percentage in our region isn’t as high given more people drive here. What’cha think about a fee, readers? In the LAT, Uber and Lyft say they are willing to pay — if other drives also most.
The NYT takes a look at the ongoing kerfuffle over the California bullet train project and asks can America still build really big infrastructure projects?
The answer: not as much as we used to. Seems to me a lot of the big projects these days involve airport renovations. LAX, for example, has been rebuilding its terminals in recent years and has a slate of upcoming projects, including the automated people mover.
Anything I’m not thinking of?
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