Tidbit from @metrolosangeles: The service planning department says they're working with LADOT and Garcetti’s office to install a "pilot bus lane" by the end of 2019. Several other corridors could get "transit priorities and treatments."
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) March 28, 2019
Everything old is new again. In days of yore — the 1990s — I can recall working at a certain newspaper that sat next to a bus lane on Spring Street. The bus lane is gone and the newspaper is now in El Segundo. As for Bus Lanes 2.0, I’m eager to see what’s in the works. Click on the tweet above to see the entire thread from Laura along with some informed speculation.
#DocklessScooters are coming to #DTLA tomorrow Fri, 3/29. See @LADOTofficial's rules & visit //t.co/xdc6WVPtTX for more info. Check your scooter app for special Drop Zones (only in #DowntownLA) to park! Report improperly parked scooters to the company or @MyLA311! #RideSafe pic.twitter.com/kD588iNJXg
— Jose Huizar (@josehuizar) March 28, 2019
Looking forward to seeing how the “don’t ride on the sidewalk” part goes. And this:
You can now report improperly parked scooters using the Los Angeles 311 system. Between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., companies will have 2 hours to fix issues once a report is made. via @CurbedLA //t.co/X1ZpcBgeW4
— Historic Core DTLA (@HistoricCore) March 25, 2019
— Angela C. Ovalle (@Angela_Ovalle) March 28, 2019
Yes, this is actually fairly easy to do — bus or train to Union Station or bus to Harbor Gateway and connect to Metro’s Dodger Stadium Express to the ballpark. Maybe it’s not quite the D train to Yankee Stadium or the El to Wrigley Field, then again neither of those ballparks were built atop a really big hill.
Allow me to reintroduce myself. pic.twitter.com/dfyTJPuH3a
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 2019
Nice to see someone on the Dodgers social media team knows their early Stones. Quasi-related: I watched Pirates-Reds (I’m from Cincy) and Yasiel Puig’s 0-fer was not exactly a work of art. That said, I stand firm on my prediction+conviction that Metro will be tweeting “Go Metro to Reds-Dodgers NLDS” in about six months’ time. The Dodgers have tons of talent. The Reds have that great intangible: team chemistry and a lot of guys with something to prove.
Very very obsessed with this new "travel behavior zone" map put out by LADOT (despite the weird choice to display future Purple but not all existing Expo stations). Green = most walkable & transit-oriented, then blue, then orange, then red = least walkable/transit-oriented. pic.twitter.com/r5f4kXcooZ
— Tom Bellino (@tombellino) March 28, 2019
Interesting and unsurprising at the same time.
And in the news…
Last month, I rode the Silver Line bus north on Fig, got off a stop before 7th and walked the almost half-mile to the Metro station. I arrived five minutes before my bus. As I stood and waited, I saw a dozen cars turn right illegally from the bus-only lane.
Drivers no doubt complain about the loss of traffic lanes along the corridor, but, in reality, MyFig makes too many concessions to cars. Between 7th and Wilshire, for example, the city allows a valet stand to operate during rush hour, making the 7th Street intersection even more chaotic.
What’cha think, folks? I haven’t ridden Fig on a bike but have ridden through DTLA on a Silver Line bus. Let’s just say it doesn’t always move at the speed of sound thanks to DTLA traffic.
•Over at Streetsblog LA, here’s a look at a couple of political reactions to SCAG’s congestion pricing feasibility study that was released Thursday. The study called for $4 tolls to be imposed on motorists entering a zone covering some of the Westside. As we wrote yesterday, Metro is doing its own feasibility study on congestion pricing and that should not be confused with SCAG’s efforts:
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.
L.A. City Councilman and Metro Board Member Mike Bonin — whose district includes the Westside — doesn’t like SCAG’s proposal, saying the Westside doesn’t have good enough transit alternatives. He said a better place to test fees would be DTLA or LAX once it is served by Metro Rail and the automated people mover (Metro’s new rail station at Aviation & 96th and the people mover are both scheduled to open in 2023). Assemblyman Richard Bloom — whose district is also on the Westside — said that he supported the study and would sponsor legislation to make congestion pricing pilots possible.
Let’s repeat it again: Metro will decide what happens congestion pricing-wise in L.A. County. But the SCAG study might offer a preview of the debate ahead.
•On the subject of the LAT, there are now about 1,100 residential units in two towers proposed for the newspaper’s former home at 1st and Spring, reports Urbanize LA. That’s a lot of units — and if built they’ll be next door to the new Metro Rail underground station being built at 2nd and Broadway as part of the Regional Connector project.
From that station, future residents will be able to catch light rail trains to East L.A., Pasadena and the Foothill Corridor, Long Beach and Santa Monica. And, in a few years, to LAX via the Crenshaw/LAX Line and airport people mover. Residents will also be a short walk from the Red/Purple Line’s Civic Center Station with trains to Union Station, the DTLA core, North Hollywood and (eventually) the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood. There will also be buses, sidewalks (gasp) and (presumably) bike share and ride share and things such as scooters to help folks get around.
The Times Mirror Square development, located across the street from an under-construction subway station at 2nd and Broadway, would feature 1,744 parking spaces within a five-level podium and nine basement levels.
That’s kind of a lot of parking for a mobility rich area, eh? Developers are still required to build parking for new residential buildings in DTLA. Not everyone loves those requirements and the city is reconsidering them as part of its DTLA 2040 plan to update DTLA’s zoning codes.
I can see it both ways. Parking likely makes residential units easier to rent/sell and perhaps get built in the first place while also helping existing parking from getting overwhelmed with new demand. On the other hand, building parking certainly adds significant expense to the construction of such buildings, which is passed along to you-know-who — renters/buyers, many of whom aren’t taking money baths on a regular basis.
Perhaps it’s best to let the market decide. Thoughts?
•Lyft shares hit the stock market on Friday and rose 21 percent, so says the NYT. Both Uber and Lyft bring in a lot of money but remain famously unprofitable at this time. We’ll see how investors feel down the road and whether those robot cars ever come around.
It has been said that robot cars will eliminate the cost of drivers for ride-sharing firms. But what about all the humans that will need to be hired to maintain the robot cars? Or will there be robots taking care of the robots? And, if so, isn’t that kind of Skynet-ish?
Concurrent with going public, Lyft today announced they will pump some profits back into transportation initiatives in cities where they operate. Excerpt from their news release:
To supercharge the collective efforts of this movement, today we’re announcing a major new commitment called Lyft City Works. Each year, Lyft will invest $50 million or 1% of profits—whichever is larger—to support locally-driven transportation and other initiatives to improve people’s lives in every city where we operate.
My skepticism aside, it’s probably worth mentioning that I’m one of the people who uses ride-sharing. Not a lot (I’m pretty well covered between transit, my car and my feet) but my frequent trips to Cincy to help the parental units are a lot easier because of the cheap Uber rides between the airport and the distant ‘burbs. Perhaps that’s the biggest reason for investor and political excitement. Even without profits, the service is often convenient and cheap.
L.A. is leading America's transportation revolution, and @Lyft is a part of that promising future. Their spirit of corporate responsibility will guide the future of public-private partnerships that benefit residents first. pic.twitter.com/VCPhdHrbOE
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 29, 2019
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