In the News #1: Metro announced today that the Blue Line will fully reopen in late October with more time needed for testing. Here’s the post.
In the News #2: Work continues to fix the downed overhead wires on the Gold Line in Pasadena. The most recent service update along with rider reaction:
GOLD LINE: trains share 1 track between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa and running at restricted speed due to emergency repair work. Allow extra travel time through area. pic.twitter.com/dTPieIDvjg
— LA Metro Rider Alerts (@metrolaalerts) September 10, 2019
Dodger Stadium Express Playoffs Update: The Dodgers have a chance to clinch the NL West tonight against the majors’ second-worst team, the Orioles. Assuming the Dodgers also can clinch the No. 1 or 2 seed in the NL (likely but not a done deal yet), they’ll open the playoffs at home on Oct. 3. The Dodger Stadium Express will be running for all post-season action. If Blue can make it to the World Series, it should be fun as the American League is stacked this year. We’re finger-crossing for Dodgers-Twins, FWIW.
Go Metro to NFC Title Game Rematch: It’s surprising that a rematch of last year’s NFC title game — and perhaps a preview of this season’s title game — is not in prime time and is instead on Sunday in the second week of the season. This should be a terrific game featuring two very good teams trying to out-duel each other while overcoming the bizarro world of NFL officiating. The Expo Line is a good way to travel to the Coliseum and skip traffic hassles in the Expo Park area. Deets here.
In the news…
•Yonah Freemark looks at declining transit ridership across the U.S. and compares it to rising ridership in France. His verdict: France has invested in better service and America has not. Lots of reaction below:
— Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) September 9, 2019
•Lyft is renting cars in a few markets, reports Jalopnik, which concludes “the rental car experiment by Lyft seems to be a case of the company looking at a lucrative industry and deciding that it wants in, even if it can’t offer a better experience. And like the scooter service, bookings are handled in the same Lyft app that you use to hail rides.”
•Metro, the LAUSD and a couple of nonprofits are partnering to give the entire junior class at Manual Arts Senior High School free transit for the school year (a student TAP card would normally cost $24 a month), reports LAist. The idea is to see if students use transit more. The high school is on Vermont Avenue near Exposition Park so it’s near plenty of bus and rail service.
•The LAT editorial page likes the city of L.A.’s Transit-Oriented Communities program, which has resulted in nearly 20,000 units being proposed near bus and rail stations. Not-a-shocker: the program is facing a legal challenge by a slow-growth group.
•Getting housing built in California and many U.S. metro areas has been tough since the housing boom, reports Citylab. One issue: it’s harder to find space to construct multi-unit buildings, the reason some cities are upzoning.
— David Montgomery (@dhmontgomery) September 9, 2019
Things to watch whilst transiting: good video by Smithsonian on photographer Robert Frank, who passed away on Monday. If you’re unfamiliar and into photography, his work is must see — he criss-crossed America by car in the 1950s shooting many thousands of pics that were whittled down to 83 that appeared in his book “The Americans.” Here’s the obit in the NYT along with many of his photos.
Things to read whilst transiting: this blog post is a couple years old but the advice remains good — I’m talking to you, younger colleagues — on how to rebuild your attention span and brain after years of internetting, streaming and gawking at your phone.
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