Dept. of Instagram Stories: Check out the new IxN Customer Information Panels that are being installed on the Blue Line stations currently closed — they’ll be available when the southern section of the Blue Line reopens on June 1. Screen grab is above.
From the Dept. of Bike to Work Day
From the Dept. of Congressional Testimony
Metro CEO Phil Washington testified this morning in Washington D.C. (at the 42:53 mark) to the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s hearing on “The Impacts of State-Owned Enterprises on Public Transit and Freight Rail Sectors.”
The hearing, which lasted nearly three hours, covered many topics related to Congressional concerns (here’s one example) tied to rolling stock from firms based in China (Metro has a pending order from new subway cars from China Railways). Also today, Congressman Harley Rouda (D-48) introduced legislation in the House that mirrors a bill brought forth earlier this year by U.S. Senator John Cornyn which seeks to bar the use of federal funds to purchase rolling stock from firms based in China.
Phil’s main point: the L.A. area would be a great place to build a passenger rail car manufacturing facility that could build cars for use in America and the rest of the world.
In the news…
•Investing in Place opines that Metro should offer free fares to K-12 students to increase ridership, help kids get around the region and get cars off the road, among other reasons. K-12 students currently pay $1 for a one-way trip (discounted from $1.75) and $24 for a 30-day pass (discounted from $100) to ride Metro.
•The city of Long Beach estimates it would cost $1.05 billion to build a ballpark for the Angels — including $105 million for a 3,500-space parking garage, so says the LAT. That would supplement other parking nearby. Of course, the Blue Line would be a short 10- to 15-minute stroll from the stadium, should the Angels decide to flee Orange County.
•Things to read whilst transiting on baseball: SI.com on how much the game has changed in the past five seasons: strikeouts and home runs are at record levels, walks have increased for the 19th straight season and the chance of hitting a single has never been lower. The Dodgers are good examples: they’re second in MLB in dingers and their starting pitchers usually exit games sooner rather than later.
•Interesting stat in the LAT: nearly one-third of the households in the city of L.A. are occupied by one person — and people do get lonely. A remedy? Go for a walk. One dude, in fact, started a business to accompany people on walks. Excerpt:
“I’m sure it seems crazy, but it’s cheaper than a gym, it’s been quite beneficial and I get good stories out of it,” Pocker said.
On rainy days, he has hired walkers to join him at Costco and Ikea. Mostly they meet outside his Hollywood building, and walk south down his street as it turns from apartments, studios and cityscape to big suburban-style homes with matching big front lawns.
It’s different than doing exercises with a trainer. It’s also different from pure friendship.
But every day Pocker is out there, being seen and being heard. And in a big city of strangers, maybe that helps.
•The Metro Board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday moved the agency’s budget for the coming fiscal year to the full Board, who will consider it at next Thursday’s meeting. Below are a few slides from a presentation by Metro staff that help explain the service levels being proposed for Metro Bus and Rail. We also posted last week about some changes made to the budget — specifically adding bus service hours.
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