Did You Miss Streetsblog’s Coverage of the Metro Board?

Way back when I first started writing Street Heat, one of the way that I attracted readers was to do long, in-depth coverage of Metro Board meetings.  I would write a preview beforehand and a review afterward.  When Street Heat moved to Streetsblog, I continued the practice even though the other Streetsblogs would just cover any news that came out of their local MTA meetings.

So here’s the deal, when I looked at this week’s agenda, I noticed it was somewhat lacking in high profile decisions compared to some of the others.  Sure, there was Ridley-Thomas’ motion to audit Metro’s legal division, a plan to delay implementation of HOT Lanes, and the official addition of an underground option to the environmental reviews of the Downtown Connector; but The Source and other news outlets more than delivered the news.  So, I decided to take a month off from doing the full Metro Board analysis to see what the reaction would be.

Here’s my question to you: Did you miss my coverage?  Next month, do you want me to go back to writing a preview earlier in the week and a full recap afterward?  Did you miss my sarcastic coverage of all the contradictory things Metro Board members say?  Or would you rather me spend my time on other articles and just covering the major news out of Metro?  Were the other stories I wrote on Tuesday and Thursday better than my usual Metro Board coverage?

Let me know in the comments section.  Remember, I’m not talking about possible not covering Metro and its Board Meetings, just focusing on the news stories from the meetings only.  And if you tell me you want the "old" Board coverage back, well, that’s what we’ll do.

  • I actually did miss the preview coverage, but only because I have come to rely on Streetsblog and the Metro Library’s transportation headlines for all of my transportation news. If you had just linked The Source I could have figured it out.

  • Really, this last meeting was not very eventful. The two things of interest to passengers were an even greater restriction on public comment (moving public comment on Consent Calendar items to the general public comment period, prior to a majority of the MTA board members sitting in their seats) and the motion to have the MTA staff evaluate placing pay toilets at some of the outlying Metro stations. Oh, and Tom LaBonge had the bright idea of putting a subway station at Sixth Street right next to the subway yard – I fail to see the purpose of that, other than having trains waste time to get to a station that very few people want to go to.

  • LAofAnaheim

    I think LaBonge’s plan for a new downtown station by the Arts District would be great. The infrastructure is there and there is a growing population with the Arts District. A new station could really help densify a part of LA that should be dense. If the station would be used as a catalyst for development, then I say go with it!


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