As many of you likely know, the Metro Board of Directors in February approved launching a feasibility study of congestion relief pricing, which is the use of tolls to manage traffic. That study will take up to 24 months to complete and will identify places where fees could be tested.
In 2017, the Southern California Assn. of Governments began studying congestion pricing. The organization — which is the regional transportation planning agency for six counties in Southern California — on Thursday released their own feasibility study on the subject.
You may be wondering: what gives?
Our agency is working with SCAG and will use their research as a starting point for Metro’s feasibility study. The important point here: the Metro feasibility study will be the one that determines what is done on a pilot basis for congestion relief pricing in Los Angeles County.
To repeat: At the end of the day, Metro and its Board of Directors will decide how and where congestion relief pricing is tested in our county. The other counties that are members of SCAG — Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura — may decide to draw on SCAG’s work and develop their own congestion pricing programs, too. But it’s up to those counties to decide.
Various media are covering the SCAG study. Here’s a link to a good article in the LAT.
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In the news…
•The Daily News attended a recent public meeting for the Orange Line Improvements Project, which seeks to install up to 35 railroad-style gates where the busway crosses streets in the San Fernando Valley. How long will cars wait? Metro officials said drivers typically wait 35 seconds or less when an Orange Line bus is crossing a street now. With the gates that could increase to 80 seconds.
Key graphs for Orange Line riders:
Meanwhile, they said riders on the dedicated bus lane that constitutes the 18-mile-long Orange Line between Chatsworth and North Hollywood could see their commute cut down by nearly 30 percent — from between 55 and 53 minutes to 38 minutes.
In the traffic analysis, engineers said they proposed a tweak to the frequency of the buses so that instead of having them come every four minutes in each direction, they show up every six minutes in each direction. The capacity was doubled by having two buses arrive within seconds of each other. The aim is to pick up more passengers and ensure that buses drove through the intersections less often.
The project aims to be complete by 2025 and will also build bridges over two busy streets, Sepulveda and Van Nuys boulevards. Here’s a map that shows where gates could be from this presentation shown at the public meetings.
•If you work in PR for a certain long-distance railroad, you probably didn’t like the headline in Jalopnik that read “I took Amtrak instead of flying and it made me want to die a little bit.” The actual article isn’t quite that harsh and the writer makes some good points that the bulk of the American railroad system — unfortunately — is set up to haul freight, not people. FWIW, I don’t get to take Amtrak often but enjoy riding in Southern California.
•Here’s a primer on LAist on the dearth of one-way streets in our region. And this: now some neighborhoods want to forgo their two-way streets in favor of one-way as a way to deter Waze devotees.
•The NYT dispatched a pair of reporters to the 51 bathrooms in the New York subway — that’s 51 stations out of 472 — to see if “subway restrooms lived up the horrific hype. Mostly they did.” And they took pics!
Attentive readers know that restrooms on transit are a contentious issue. Riders oft say they want them, transit agencies often cite the expensive burden of keeping restrooms clean and safe. Metro has restrooms at two stations — Union Station (where more will be added) and El Monte Transit Center. Adding more restrooms has been discussed at Board meetings and Metro does try to ensure that public restrooms are part of future joint developments built adjacent to stations.
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