We’re looking forward to seeing the sequence in “Captain Marvel” involving a Blue Line train — the movie hits theaters tonight. LAist has a post looking at some other Metro cameos in movies, most of which seem to involve chases, shootouts or other things definitely not encouraged by our Code of Conduct.
BTW, two prominent omissions by LAist: “Swat” and “Heat.”
As for the vintage Blue Line, our Metro Shop has some great additions to their collection:
Things to read whilst transiting: In the movie, Captain Marvel falls from space and lands on/in a Blockbuster video store. The NYT has a fun article about the last remaining Blockbuster — in Bend, Oregon, of all places.
In the news…
•Some DTLA stakeholders aren’t happy that the Artesia to DTLA light rail line won’t have a Pershing Square Station, reports the Downtown News. The Metro Board last year voted to instead continue studying two end points for the line — either adjacent to the 7th/Metro Station or an underground station on the Alemeda Street side of Union Station.
Why that decision? Three major issues:
- Ridership and cost effectiveness per new rider performed better at 7th/Metro than at Pershing Square.
- The Pershing Square alignment had potentially greater impacts to historic buildings and other difficult design issues.
- 7th/Metro provides better transfers to the Metro system since it would offer transfers to both the Red/Purple Line and light rail lines headed to East L.A., Santa Monica, Long Beach and the Foothill Corridor in the San Gabriel Valley.
•The headline in the Washington Post opinion pages: “Uber and Lyft are losing money. At some point we’ll pay for it.”
The thesis here: both services — both of which are headed toward initial public offerings on the stock market — are much cheaper than taxis because they’re heavily subsidized by investors and by drivings willing to work for cheap.
That, columnist Megan McArdle predicts, simply can’t last forever. In other words, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is and ride share fares, McArdle says, will likely rise significantly.
My three cents: she’s probably right. I don’t use Uber or Lyft much — mostly just to get to and from the Cincy airport, which is very fast and affordable — but I’ve yet to meet a driver who doesn’t like to complain voluminously about the pay. If or if not they’re asked.
Of course, a lot has been written about how rideshare is taking/stealing/borrowing riders from transit. I’m not entirely wild about that thesis. I think rideshare is really a call for the transit industry to put their clever hats and win riders back. And: I think there are times when transit and ride share work well together — the places where transit can get you most of the way there for very cheap and ride share can close the gap for not quite as cheap.
•The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority wants to give Elon Musk’s Boring Co. a contract to build and operate underground tunnels to whisk people around Lucky Town, reports MarketPlace. It’s the same type of system that the Boring Co. aspires to build in L.A. between Dodger Stadium and the Red Line. You know, the Teslas-on-skates approach.
This system would initially help people get around the Las Vegas convention center and later could be expanded to other Vegas destinations. If expanded to southern Utah so that I can quickly escape the orbit of Vegas, I will ride.
•Ron Tutor talks about his company’s work on the second and third sections of the Purple Line Extension project in the Park La Brea News.
•GQ ponders “Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Allowed to Ride in a Car?”
•Transit-oriented developments haven’t exactly bloomed like wildflowers along the Gold Line in the city of Los Angeles. But it looks like a second TOD will soon rise near the Heritage Square Station — this one with 55 residential units, according to the Real Deal.
•LAT publishes three letters-to-the-editor on the Metro’s Board decision last week to launch a congestion relief pricing feasibility study.
The first calls for more street repair to help ease congestion, the second says the Metro transit system doesn’t provide enough of an alternative to driving and the third cites an artificial intelligence system in China used to better sync traffic signals, which has reportedly improved traffic flow.