Streetsblog Interview: Steve Hymon

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Hymon, Second from the Left, Joins Sue Doyle in Talking to Richard Katz and Asm. Feuer

Does anyone really need me to write an introduction for an
interview with Steve Hymon? If so, I’ll
be brief. He’s the transportation writer
for the Los Angeles Times, making him one of the five most read transportation
writers in the country. On top of that
he managed to revive the moribund Bottleneck Blog to the point that the Times
had to merge it with its flagship blog LA Now.

I sat down with Steve immediately before a City Council
hearing on the Obama stimulus at a Starbucks across the street from the
Caltrans building. The conversation was
relaxed and good-humored, just in case some of the discussion of Steve’s choice
of commute doesn’t seem that way.

Streetsblog: Today
we’re talking with Steve Hymon of the LA Times and the Bottleneck Blog. Well, I guess it’s LaNow/Bottleneck.

Hymon: Whatever it is…

Streetsblog: I’ll make sure we link to it correctly in the
article.

Streetsblog: So…how did you commute today?

Hymon: I knew you were going to ask that, so I came
prepared. I drove! A Subaru Outback 2007. I do drive most days to work. I take the Gold Line occasionally, but I’ll
be quite honest. I find it a lot faster
to drive. I do take mass transit a lot,
but typically during work hours for work purposes. Every couple of weeks I do try and hop on the
Gold Line.

Streetsblog: I knew you took transit at least sometime…you
couldn’t have done it today? I remember
one night you and I were the only people on earth listening to a hearing on one
of Mike Feuer’s bills and you were talking about taking light rail home.

I was expecting Gold Line, just for me,..

Hymon: Nah. Since I
knew I’d be talking to you, I made it a point to drive. I knew you would ask and wanted to be honest
about it.

Look, I have a car. I
can afford to have a car, and I like to have a car. I was thinking about this driving in. Probably, having a car amounts to 5-10% of my
total salary, but it’s worth every penny because I like the mobility it affords
me.

Having the Gold Line out there is great because its an
important alternative to have. While my
girlfriend takes it more often than I do, it’s still a great option to
have. It’s a slower option…but I’ve
ridden it before and I’ll ride it again. And it is getting better overtime.

Even if it gets me off the road every couple of weeks,
that’s better than I would have done if it had never opened.

Streetsblog: Well, if you believe the Metro Board, if we all
did that, everything would be fine.

Hymon: Actually, it’s an easy thing for them to say, but
there might actually be something to it. Intuitively, if you were to take 20% of the people that drive everyday
off the road, that would certainly take the edge off of it. There’s people out there who study the stuff
who say that what you really need to do is get 3-5% off and things would flow a
lot better.

Streetsblog: In Portland, and I’m saying this off the top of
my head without looking it up, I believe they have a 5% mode share for bicycles
and the city has garnered this reputation of being a bikeopolis.

Hymon: And that’s just for bikes. If you look at the 2000 census for the City of Los Angeles, somewhere around
80%, actually I think it’s higher, drive to work alone. That’s really high when compared to Chicago
or New York. Those two cities are a lot
more saturated with transit than we are here.

If you could reduce that 80% by even a few points it would
probably make it a little more manageable.

But back to the Gold Line, I would love to take it more often. But, the fact is that most days I drive to
work it’s about a 25 minute drive, 30 if things are unmanageable. About the fastest I can get on the Gold Line
is 45 minutes and I’ve tried every combination of riding my bike to the
station, taking the city bus, taking an MTA bus to the station, driving to the
station…everything.

I think that’s the big thing. I know people say that you’re gaining quality
time by riding the train even though it takes longer. But, I don’t buy that.

Streetsblog: What
are you going to do read the newspaper </rimshot>

Hymon: Exactly. All newspapers print is more bad news about
newspapers.

Streetsblog: So, you didn’t always cover transportation…

Hymon: For a couple of years I was the City Hall reporter.

Streetsblog: And, lucky you, you still get to spend some
time there.

Hymon: Well, a lot of stuff goes through there. Villaraigosa is a big player in local transit
circles, chairing the MTA Board and such. I don’t have to pay attention to the elephant debate, but there’s still
important stuff that goes on here.

Streetsblog: So what
was the big story of the year for LA County. I’m guessing you’ll say Measure R and everything that happened during
the debate yet there was a decent amount of geographic parity in the results.

Hymon: Absolutely Measure R. At the root of every transportation problem is funding. Now we’ll watch whether those guys are going
to build what they say they’re going to build.

I think another major story was the Metrolink Chatsworth
Crash. ..It seems that the agency is starting to move in the right direction,
but the fact that this sort of thing can happen today is mighty scary.

Streetsblog: I’m happy they started to focus less on just
the engineer and his cell phone.

Hymon: We’re still
waiting for the NTSB’s final report, so
I don’t want to speculate on what happened, but even If the cell phone proves
to be a minor factor, it’s still pretty frightening. You would think that someone in charge of a
three car passenger train would give their full attention to driving the train
regardless of whether it played a key role in him missing the signal or whether
the signal was operating properly.

If we don’t want people texting and driving…we don’t want
people texting and driving a train either.

Streetsblog: Fair enough. Do you have a favorite story for this year? As opposed to a biggest, a favorite?

Hymon: I don’t know
if I’d say it’s a favorite, but one story I’ve wanted to write for a long-time
that I just got to at the end of the year was how poor the traffic light timing
is. In Pasadena, it’s almost comically
bad. It’s as though someone came in and
said, “Let’s see if we can program the lights so that drivers miss every one of
them.

It’s not like I’m saying that I deserve every green light or
you deserve every green light; but in an area where we’re so concerned about
Greenhouse Gases and we know that a car stopping every hundred feet is less
fuel efficient than one that isn’t that we would do this better.

It’s bad pretty much everywhere. We’re way behind where we need to be.

Streetsblog: Ok, two more…Anything that’s going to come up
in 2009 that we should be looking for that might be off the radar right now?

Hymon: I’m going to sort of answer the question. I do think this is on everyone’s radar,
although they haven’t thought about it as much as they should, which is that
the Measure R tax money is going to flow in on July 1, and there’s going to be
an enormous amount of pressure for all of these projects to get some money.

At the same time you have a spending plan that sort of
spells out how we’re going to fund different projects. I think what we’re going to see is discussion
like, “hey, is there a way to ramp up funding for the subway even though it’s
not scheduled yet in the plan” because it’s such a big project. It’s the marquee project for Measure R . It’s potentially 10% of the funds.

Because it’s so expensive the public ‘s going to question
whether they’re going to want to pay for it over 20-25 years, as the plan says
its going to, or start to move it sooner. If we say it’s going to cost $5-$10 billion now, it could cost $20-$30
billion later. Assuming the economy
regains its footing.

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So, there’s going to be pressure to spread this Measure R
money in a way that’s fare and honest to what they said they were going to do
but still has a sense of fiscal responsibility.

It’s going to be controversial to. There’s a lot of people wary of that subway
project. Some supported Measure R but
others did not.

Streetsblog: So, now
the standard last question. If you had a
magic wand that could do one thing, transportation related, in the region…what
would it be?

Hymon: Let me think
about that for a second.

Streetsblog: Take your time, there’s no dead air on the
Internet. I will say that we’ve gotten
answers everywhere from “get a new mayor” to “Get rid of ethanol.”

Hymon: If I could do
any one thing it would be to move the clock forward and get some cleaner cars
on the road. I’m of the view that even
with Measure R, even with new transit and record ridership, the way for most
people to get around is going to be by driving. That’s how the development patterns are. Given that’s likely to be true, let’s at least get people moving around
in cars that have less impact.

Most of what you see driving around is still in the 20-25
miles per gallon. If you could greatly
ra

mp that up there would be less smog in the region. People who live here are far more excepting
of smog then they should be.

Getting back to your first question, when I’m driving in to
work I’m acutely aware that what’s coming out of my tail pipe isn’t what most
people would argue is good for the global environment. I don’t like that, and try to control it to
some degree but it would be nice if when I’m shopping for a car if I had more
affordable choices than I do. Most of
the fuel efficient stuff is more than someone like me is willing or able to
spend.

Streetsblog: Thanks a lot, let’s go to our meeting!

Photos: LA Streetsblog, Via Magazine

  • Wad

    To add to Damien’s remarks about development, remember that in L.A., there’s no shame in transit development being first and foremost, remedial.

    L.A. shouldn’t be preoccupied in building major-investment projects hoping for neighborhood transformation. We need to build the projects just to meet existing development and travel patterns. When L.A. has the second busiest bus ridership in the nation, we have a lot of catching up to do.

    The subway has attracted high-profile developments at Hollywood & Highland, North Hollywood and soon, Universal City. But let’s not forget that when the Red Line was designed, it had to go into areas where there was already a very high transit ridership base (Wilshire, Vermont, Hollywood). What was already there included the Wilshire Center offices, Los Angeles City College and very high transit ridership in Hollywood even though the commercial area was in the midst of degeneration.

  • And that’s the beauty of cities as organisms and not business ventures. Unlike SF and NYC, LA in all of her. glory still remains one of the only big cities in the US where poor and damn near distraught people still live within and close to its center without living in projects. LA is a very unique place and of course that goes without saying so I do see what the Joint Projects that the MTA carries out on its land usually above Metro stations is trying to accomplish. Let’s face it without some of these joint construction programs that the MTA fosters absolutely nothing would be built, developers are much too shy. So eventhough I agree that more affordable units should be programmed into these TOD’s, I also am aware of how ardently certain individuals that I personally know who are involved in this process push for more affordable housing but come up against a wall of NIMBY’s (everytime) and folks who just don’t give a damn.

    My heart sank 3 years ago when Prop H failed which was part of this push for density around the city and that had a very low income/workforce housing slant to it. But the SF Valley in a big way voted against it along with much of the Westside. Garcetti, the mayor and Goldberg(the imperfect Trinity) were all pushing for it but the Times(Hymon’s paper) poo pooed all over it and so did “street” rags like the LA Weekly.

    From what I’ve seen I think that the LACMTA is probably doing way more in terms of reigniting interest in disparaged communities than many other big city MTA’s def more than the NYCMTA. The problem is that this is not really Metro’s forte or even something that Metro should be attempting to undertake this should really be placed upon the soldiers of the Planning Department. Now, the Planning Dept is beholden to the Neighborhood Councils that generally oppose everything where poor folks and density are concerned which leads me back to the cultural shift that must(and will) happen in this city in the way that we percieve who is poor and who is not.
    The reason why I am so pissed at Hymon is because he is blatantly furthering the belief that if you own a car then you are not poor, at least not poor like the folks who ride the bus. If we made it harder for assholes like Hymon to drive, made it impractical for him to operate and own a car then the perception of what makes someone poor in this county would change and I mean overnight! When the Hymons of the world find themselves in the rat race of trying to find accomodations closer and more accessible to transit maybe then you’d see them more proactive in passing a Prop H, maybe then you’ll see them attending those neighborhood council meetings and fighting for more programming of bicycle and pedestrian amenities because now they are no longer one of “the”s but one of “the others”.

    Land use policies, transit, affordable housing all work together as you all know who take the time to read and comment here, that’s why I was sooooo surprised to see so many “advocates” on this board just tuck their tails between their legs regarding Hymon’s statement and just say ‘well everybody thinks that way’.
    Give the Hymons of this world a wake up call by discouraging their car usage and he and they will never again write about how he has enough money therefore he drives. This is at the root of transit=poor disparity in this county not the belief of door to door travel times, that’s a smokescreen so that people have some excuse to stay in their cars and keep their class rank intact. If door to door travel times were the end all and be all then everyone in NYC would take cabs and no one would be on a train that you first have to walk to the station to get and then wait for….a cab that shows up at your front door beats that everytime.
    The city is in a time of great change and flux, we can get so much more accomplished by thinking out of the box on ways to discourage car usage which would effect our perceptions of class which would effect the state of transit instead of just running around like yellow shirts proclaiming that the 20 didn’t come on time therefore the MTA is evil.

  • Awomen Fallopia! Glad 2 c someone finally break it down in real time.

  • Unfortunately, the current image of many to “affordable housing” is the projects, and masculine minority males straight out of San Quentin standing on the corner all day drinking malt liquor they purchased with their general relief checks.

    The irony of course is that in many parts of this county “affordable housing” is a 2 bedroom condo priced at $325K!

    Mixed-income and mixed-generational housing is the way to go. And being specific about how expensive the dwellings are, and the thorough application process would help dispel many concerns.

    And I don’t understand the fixation with Hymon. Perhaps the problem is people are expecting him to be “one of them” instead of a reporter. All I can expect from a reporter is to report the news fairly and be a check on government power.

    The opining, the commentary, the blogging, etc. is all outside the job description, and as I said above, I personally have never liked the blending of it all.

    Columnist/bloggers should have opinions and state them clearly. Of course, reporters have opinions as well, but it’s not their job to sell papers because of them.

  • And I don’t understand the fixation with Hymon. Perhaps the problem is people are expecting him to be “one of them” instead of a reporter. All I can expect from a reporter is to report the news fairly and be a check on government power.
    —————-

    I was sort of surprised by how people reacted to Hymon also. I like Steve, but he’s a reporter, not an activist. He does his job well and often times that plays to our advantage, but let’s not confuse what his job or role is.

  • Steve’s already getting blowback on the L.A. Now blog. Someone left a comment on a recent post asking why Steve doesn’t take public transit to get to work.

    While I don’t think Steve deserves the animosity that’s been displayed by some of the posters in this thread, I do understand why people might feel betrayed that the transportation reporter for the Times doesn’t take public transit. Same type of feeling about MTA employees who drive to work at the MTA high-rise. Even though said employees might live somewhere where the public transit trip times are twice as long as drive times, people think that those who are working towards efficient transit should not be driving. Not saying it’s totally reasonable, but I at least see where the argument comes from.

  • To followup with myself:

    I was sort of surprised by how people reacted to Hymon also. I like Steve, but he’s a reporter, not an activist. He does his job well and often times that plays to our advantage, but let’s not confuse what his job or role is.
    ——————
    For a great example of what I mean, consider this week’s story on the DASH. I bet since Steve inquired with the LAPD the story will get a lot more attention from their public affairs offices than if it were left with Streetsblog, Blogdowntown and LAist…

  • Serves him right fucking classist hypocrite. And I’d pay big $$$ to see Damien Yaroslavsky tell Arianna Huffington to her face that blogging/reporting is not a reality that’s here to stay.

    So if Steve Hymen Hymon is just a reporter then why is he suggesting to Ridley-Thomas’ today in his column that he should play politics with the extension of the Purple Line by witholding his vote because of the pronouncement of a possible delay in the projected startup date of the Crenshaw Line? Doesn’t sound like JUST A REPORTER to me. Wasn’t he just bemoaning the political infighting (pre-Measure R passage) of Vicadin Molina, Zev Yarowindblows, Antonibitch and others and how we would never have a comprehensive system so long as politics trump progress in LA County? And now he’s on record telling Ridley-Thomas to perhaps withold his vote for the Subway to further the Crenshaw Line as a strategy in fact going so far as saying “that’s what I would do”. What a fucking hypocrite! This is just str8 up dishonest journalism. Cover his ass if want but you reveal more about what the true intentions of your “advocacy” is than what you might want the rest of us to know.
    Remove Steve the hymen from reporting on anything concerning a bus, a train or even a bus that thinks that it is a train!
    And the cooked noodles who sit around sympathizing with this kind of bullshit instead of just calling it out are no better than the soft shoe fickle ass politicians that you so readily disparage.

  • Fallopia Simms

    C. I probably would have tried to convey the message more diplomatically but everything that you said is true. Hymon should be removed.

  • This is so wierd. The man is not an elected official. At the worst, his job is to sell fish bird cage liner. Worse still, I suppose, the liner isn’t for sale – his audience is.

    Beyond that, give it a rest. You try filing as much hard news as he does in a professional way, day in and day out. See what happens to your bleeding heart.

    Bloggers can’t hack it because, fankly, the job doesn’t pay enough. It is a hard job being a journalist, and eventually the job throws yo into domains that you are not an expert in. So, you write according to what you’ve been taught to do with new information.

    Hymon is a good reporter. Leave the personal attacks for the politicians.

  • C. Phylis

    2 1/2 months ago Hymon bemoans the state of transit in LA amidst all of the infighting amongst politicians who could not and would not see the big picture but who instead just pushed for their own projects in their own areas. He stated how lastingly detrimental this attitude would have for any hopes of a truly comprehensive system.

    One month ago when asked how he commutes he blazingly says that since he has money he drives suggesting that if one doesn’t drive that means they don’t have money. He also stated that he could drive the 110 during rush in under 30 minutes. The first statement a jab at all of us who CHOOSE to ride transit and those of us who may have less of an alternative. Nevertheless, unfortunate choice of words for him. The second is just a str8 out LIE.

    Then yesterday he goes on record suggesting to Ridley-Thomas that the most strategic way to get his districts Crenshaw Line some needed attention is to withold his very valuable vote from a possible decision on the acceleration of a Purple Line timeline. Ridley-Thomas goes on record as wisely non-responsive.

    Good reporter?

  • Spokker

    Taking the bus fucking sucks. Period. Taking the train can not fucking suck, but sometimes it fucking sucks too, especially in Los Angeles.

    That’s all it comes down to. I wouldn’t ever take the bus if I didn’t have to transfer to it from the purple line, but I like riding the subway. If the subway wasn’t there, I’d be driving, simple as that. I have the means to, and I’m poor as shit.

    Getting an old Honda or Toyota isn’t that hard.

  • C. Phylis

    Spokker I feel your pain as a rider of busses in many major US cities as well in other countries I’d have to agree that busses do “fucking suck” everywhere. Busses in LA for the past 40+ years have been attempting to do the job of what rail (LRT,HRT etc) was meant to do making the LA bus riding experience even more suckable.
    Now the reason that arrogant people like Hymen actually can look down their nose on others is because we as a metro afford him cheap and easy parking both at work and at home. If he really would be forced to pay the true cost of operating and owning a car in one of the largest metros in the world he would suddenly find himself poor as well.
    This is the classic redneck calling the hillbilly uncouth.
    Basically this is the “I still can’t drink at the water fountain” but I’m still going push your face up against the church door to determine whether or not you can sing in the choir.
    He’s repulsive and so are all the people like him who hold this mentality.

  • Spokker

    Buses are great for short trips. But trying to brave the 720 from Wilshire/Western to Westwood is going to age you very quickly.

  • Oh for pete’s sake. C. Phylis, calm down. So he doesn’t take transit everyday. Big surprise. Neither does over 95% of the county.

    Demonizing one of the best and most useful voices that transit in this county has does not help your cause, and resorting to juvenile name calling does not exactly make you come off as classy, let alone reasonable.

  • Fallopia Simms

    David you do understand that 95% of the COUNTRY doesn’t commute by transit as well….so what’s(really) your point?

    “C” I completely understand your outrage. And the bullet point breakdown that you made about Hymon up above and why he should be removed from covering mass transit is a strong case indeed! I love your passion!

  • My point, “really”, is that there is a difference between reporting and advocacy. A reporter’s job is to present the facts to the readers in a clear, truthful, and unbiased way. Hymon does that. He does not claim to be a transit advocate, and so I’m saying that your anger against him is based on a misunderstanding of his job of a reporter. And demonizing the one reporter at the L.A. Times whose job it is to inform us about what’s going on with transportation in this city doesn’t do you any good.

    If you want advocacy, look to the editorials page. We need Steve Hymon to continue doing his job the way he’s doing it.

  • And I’m going to have to say with Foothill, it’s always very nice and clean and ontime. Now for Gardena and Montebello I haven’t been on them enough to make an informed comment

  • Corey (though this means little) I listed the Foothill Hill transit as the best Non-MTA line. It is a very good line at least for someone who wants to get from downtown to the depths of the SGV and back.

    http://www.thebusbench.com/2008/12/the-best-of-the-bus-2008.html

  • C. Phylis

    “A reporter’s job is to present the facts to the readers in a clear, truthful, and unbiased way. Hymon does that.” David Galvan

    “I think that’s the big thing. I know people say that you’re gaining quality time by riding the train even though it takes longer. But, I don’t buy that.”Steve Hymon the hymen

    Transit cannot and does not beat the private car outside of rush at anytime, anywhere. Why does such an honest man create such a web of lies just to cover his lazy ass? Why would a “reporter” who just presents the facts go on record suggesting to Ridley-Thomas that he should withold his vote on the Purple Line extension to politically move ahead his districts Crenshaw Line? Steve is obviously not an advocate for transit since he thinks that people who ride transit are all poor anyway and that’s not even the beginning of the problem. The root of the problem is why is he such a liar?

  • Joe Student

    C. Phylis, you have to remember, that in this case, it was Damien who is the reporter and Steve is the interviewee. This is where you expect Damian to be non biased and professional (and he did a great job of that also).

    Are you saying because Steve is a reporter that he cannot have a personal opinion on anything whatsoever, ever, 24 hours a day? He can’t have an active role in his community?

    He is a human being, just like the rest of us, so he can’t fit whatever ideal you have constructed of him. No one can.

  • I’m curious if anyone who was slamming Steve has a different view now that we’re faced with the possibility of not having much local coverage at all from the Times.

  • Alan Thompson

    His perspective will be missed if he is laid off or re-assigned. I think, with the decline of local newspapers in general, sites like Streetsblog and others will become even more important to provide news and information.

    Damien attends a lot of government meetings and reads a lot of government documents in order to provide us with information. But he is only one person. It’s important for us to share what information we might pick up.

    I’m slogging through the Rand Report (630 pages) originally reported on Streetsblog on Feb 2, but if anyone else wants to read it (about a 4 MB download),
    http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG748.pdf

  • We have local coverage at the LA Times? I really don’t care about the LA Times losing it’s California section. All the Calfornia section did was give free publicty to the friends of westsiders and there various projects. There was never anything in the local section that I didn’t know first or couldn’t learn being on a PR list from the various public agencies.

    I’m not trying to be a jerk, but the facts were pretty much Steve got alot of stories, because he just got emails and memos from Metro’s publicity department first and stories that’s roots are in PR departments do they exactly qualify as stories?

    Did he ever even take the bus one time?

    And going back to the California section, the City of LA is almost 70% people of color, kind of odd that coverage didn’t ever seem to paint that picture.

    Browne

  • Now that the L.A. Times has laid Steve off, I’ll bet those slamming him for not taking the gold line every day will soon be wishing he was still driving to his L.A. times job. We’re going to be getting next-to-no transportation coverage from the Times now. Heavier burden to fall on the Daily News and the streetsblog and LAist, I guess.

  • Kevin Crilley

    Great to see so much thoughtful insight here from so many about transit in LA and so disappointing to see the slow death of the Times or any other newspaper…they are so important for keeping government accountable no matter what bias they suffer from on the editorial board. Steve did a great job with his column, pointing the flashlight of truth on the powers that be in this town. I would have been more aggressive and less diplomatic about the issues in his transportation column, but that is why I am blogging and why he has a column. I grew up here in LA, the son of Mary Lou Crilley, secretary to the last real general manager of the RTD John Dwyer prior to the MTA. I have watched as things have improved slowly, the great melting glacier of change that is the MTA, the miraculous change in air pollution, decreasing but not where it should be (plug in hybrids), the birth and expansion of rail, the triumph and tragedy of the freeway system, the advent of commuter rail in MetroLink, the growing bicycle movement for transit and recreation, the growth and expansion of the bus system and conversion to CNG and Rapid Buses. We have come a long way and we are on the verge of reaching critical mass with our transportation options in LA. But don’t be naive about the technical issues we face, the roadblocks for transit in this town are and always have been political not technical. Just ask where the money is flowing now: lots of traffic and cars always benefits the same gigantic industries, auto sales, auto parts, auto body, auto repair, auto insurance, auto gas, tires etc, so creating transit options threatens the gravy train for these powerful groups who lobby City Hall, Sacramento, and DC to thwart our best interests. But I have a dream, and I see a newer younger generation coming up that does not accept the status quo, that will insist on better options for transit, and clean air, and greener technology that is more interactive and less wasteful. The good news is the huge leaps in technology that already exist from clean diesel, to hybrids, to carbon fiber bike frames, coupled with the huge improvements in our rail system, and an electorate that is eager to vote and pay for transportation. What we need is a targeted approach to slowly continue pushing for bike options, rail options, bus options, clean taxis, car pool lanes etc. We don’t need to turn our backs on the automobile, just give commuters a choice and let cyclist ride the path, trian users need more and faster trains, buses should reflect ridership and be interactive (imagine using your i-phone to summon a bus) instead of the current grid use of many empty buses running all hours of the night, and satelite office facilities for telecommuting (once a week or once a month). We need more and better choices for transit, and those are funding choices, political choices, not technical dilemmas. Lastly, we don’t need to fight amongst ourselves and denigrate those who drive as polluters or those on the bus as second class citizens. Bike riders don’t need a bike lane on every street, just on certain key corridors like the Expo line and the LA River and other key corridors. MetroLink needs to spend more on safety and less on PR, since its inception it has been under funded and forced to choose between safety and performance. Running a commuter railroad is not rocket science, only in LA do we scratch our heads this way, wondering if it can be done when the rest of the world is already doing it. Transit Advocates: stick together, never give up, and melt that glacier that is the MTA in LA.

  • Kevin Crilley

    Imagine a town where you take the bus/train to work Monday, drive a plug in hybrid on Tuesday, bike in on Wednesday, and Telecommute on Thursday with Friday off due to a 10 hour work day…that would have a dramatic effect on traffic…these are all real options now…but all we need is to get 20% of commuters to choose one of these options once a week to get our freeways moving again.

  • betterfuture

    Steve Hymon is a real jerk alright, he censorship some of my post and edit my post and made my post look bad because he didn’t agree with with me.  He’s so ungreatful to us car drivers and taxpayers.  He is so biased and problary a rasict bastard.  He did descrimination before to users. Just because he’s the editors, he thinks he can do what he wants because he’s in charge but yet he brakes his own rules!

    Either way, f*ck The Source and Steve Hymon and his libreal adgendas. They can go f**k themsekves for all I care.  I never met this guy in real life but he looks like a total jerk online.

    If your reading this Steve Hymond then I have a message for you, you Steve are really a biased idoit and an a**hole for what you did. How dare you edit and censor some stuff in my post on the Source just because you didn’t agree or like what I said. I know there are rules but my last post wasn’t breakin the rules and you didn’t approve a certain ones. Yo turly showed your true colors. If you don’t like criticism of Metro or the govenorment then why you allow comments?    There nothing in the rules that said about you would disapprove posts that you didn’t agree.   I very mad at you Steve Hymon the day you leave then I’ll be very happy and will say good riddance to your ass you jerk. 

  • betterfuture

    Okay Steve, this is a 2nd post from me.  Okay, I’ll admit I did kinda of sound like a snob even if I’m not one but what you did wasn’t right. In the other post I wrote and was cursing because I was mad at you for editing my posts and making it look bad and wasn’t even braking the rules.  I understand you an do whatever you want but still wasn’t right what you did to my post.                                    People are right, the internet is full of evil and all that and when there’s an abusive relationship then it’s time to walk away. I just don’t like what you have done, I not gonna forgive but hopefully you don’t do this to other posters because they will get mad!   You know what your doing Steve Hymon. I’m sorry to say but I read the source and today was the last day of me reading it for the time.   I understand they are rules but we should be able to have everyone take criticism of some things what Metro or anyone does.   If you or anyone don’t like an opinion then why you allow comment posting?        I thought you don’t care as long as we follow the rules but you care for a certain ones I said and deleted it off.   I admit I was kind of a jerk too myself but now I’m not gonna bother posting since you think my posts are rude to you even if you didn’t say but I know and it’s okay.  Imange If you owned your own forums, you wouldn’t want to censorship opinions you get offended because you will affect the popularity of the site.  All am asking is to stop censorship the posts that don’t sound rude and have different opinions on the source.  This is all I have to say.   I knwo you may be mad at me for what I said in the 1st message directed at you and what I said on the source and anything else but I was only trying to speka out against certain things.  BTW I am NOT a snob for the record.

  • Ricardo Sabila

    So now Steve Human has been laid off from the times? Is he a full time employee of metro? I certainly hope he takes transit more now that he writes the source.

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