A person now dies every 8 minutes from #COVID19 in LA County. Stay home to save lives, always wear a mask when out for essentials and avoid gathering with people you don't live with. pic.twitter.com/E36ZgM0VKJ
— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) January 12, 2021
As a reminder, if you are traveling into LA County from anywhere outside the SoCal region, you must quarantine for 10 days in your home or lodging. This is required by the Health Officer Order and applies to ALL non-essential travel. For more info visit: https://t.co/Q20iRJWQ2K pic.twitter.com/eHLnY2Hbzm
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) January 10, 2021
Hard to say how many people are heeding the advice of L.A. County health officials. Feels like maybe traffic has lightened up a bit around my neck of the woods (western San Gabriel Valley) in the past few days.
•Metro continues to run regular service for essential trips. We are telling riders that some bus and rail trips may be canceled due to staff shortages — with workers out either sick with COVID-19, caring for family members or in quarantine.
We encourage riders to use Transit — Metro’s official smartphone app — to plan bus and rail trips and check crowding predictions. We also suggest allowing additional time for your travel.
These impacts to transit service will likely continue until the number of COVID-19 cases decreases in our region and more employees can return to work. Other transit agencies around the region — including LADOT and Foothill Transit — are experiencing similar challenges.
We believe the increase in cases at Metro is due to widespread community transmission of COVID-19 — and not tied directly to the transit system. Metro’s increase in cases is mirroring the county and state surge in cases.
•There is good chart here on Los Angeles County’s four phase plan for COVID-19 vaccinations. Metro is working on a plan on how to offer vaccinations to our staff — based on risk of exposure within different job classifications. Please see this Source post.
The COVID-19 vaccine brings hope for ending the pandemic and we are working to distribute doses of the vaccine as quickly as possible.
The vaccine is being rolled out in phases, with our most at-risk populations being prioritized first.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) January 12, 2021
In other Metro-related news:
•Out of sight but not out of mind…
Construction continues on the Purple (D Line) Extension: we're excavating the future Wilshire/Rodeo Station. Section 2 of the project will extend the current D Line to Century City and is expected to begin operations in 2025. Learn more at https://t.co/UnYC0QPHdd pic.twitter.com/dLEAxetXVr
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) January 12, 2021
•Help is needed for a cool Metro Art project that will grace the Regional Connector:
•Speaking of lovely art…
•The ridership numbers for 2020 have been posted on metro.net and show what we expected — in recent months the pandemic cut our ridership in half from the Before Times. Many other agencies around the U.S. experienced similar declines (some even steeper). Click here to see the nationwide numbers through the first nine months of 2020.
In the news…
•Homelessness is a regional issue that, as many readers have pointed out, remains a considerable challenge for Metro. Two items in the LAT today on that front:
The COVID-fueled economic depression could cause homelessness in LA to nearly double in 2 years, according to a new report from @EconomicRT. Housing costs, job loss, income inequality are a perfect storm of economic devastation, causing homelessness. https://t.co/acdw3qSb6r
— Mike Bonin (@mikebonin) January 12, 2021
Also — this LAT story about L.A. Council Member Kevin de Leon — who represents DTLA — and his desire to get more housing built for the homeless. As the story notes, details are light and speculation is that de Leon may run for mayor in 2022 when Mayor Eric Garcetti is termed out.
•A new draft environmental study has some new deets on the proposed people mover in Inglewood that would connect the Crenshaw/LAX Line to SoFi Stadium, the Forum and the planned new arena for the Clippers, reports Urbanize Los Angeles.
Pretty cool project idea albeit an expensive one — with a potential $1 billion cost. The three venues plus the new entertainment district at the football stadium will have no shortage of events. I know I’m looking forward to the Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Rams in next year’s Super Bowl in Inglewood. And for CMA purposes: Assuming, of course, the Bengals somehow make it past the Chargers in the playoffs.
•The LAT offers up the latest chapter in the state bullet train saga, this time featuring lots of pointing fingers between the state authority overseeing the project and the contractor building it. At issue are delays. The state is working to build an stretch of high-speed rail track between Bakersfield and Merced that will later be tied to both L.A. and San Francisco.
•Whittier Council Member Fernando Dutra was named to represent the Gateway Cities on the Metro Board of Directors, reports the Whittier Daily News. Dutra replaces Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia who in December said he wouldn’t run for another term on the Board. Dutra is familiar with the agency given his involvement in the Eastside Gold Line project that would extend the train to Whittier. Dutra is one of three new Board Members in 2020 joining County Supervisor Holly Mitchell and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval.
•CityLab opines that Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House in D.C. will give a green tinge to next multi-year spending bill for transportation and infrastructure. That could be good for transit, Amtrak, electric car infrastructure and other projects that aim to give folks more alternative to driving and reduce greenhouse gases. Stay tuned!
•The New Yorker offers an interesting look at why COVID-19 hasn’t hit parts of the Bay Area as hard as Southern California and elsewhere in the U.S.. The reasons are many — and among them are the region’s prior experience with HIV, health departments clamping down on cases at skilled nursing facilities and targeted testing and outreach.
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