Welcome to the Blogroll: More Than Red Cars

The new year heralded a new blog devoted to "The Obscure, Offbeat
and Half-Forgotten Transportation History of Southern California",
Charles Hobbs’s More Than Red Cars.

I’ve known Hobbs since 1994, when I first became involved with
Southern California Transit Advocates. At the time he was Vice
President and also editor of the monthly newsletter The Transit
Advocate (of which he is the founder). In that way that things
sometimes go full circle after undertaking various roles over the years
he is currently again serving as Vice President.

In his first post Hobbs’ revealed the name of the blog is also the
working title to a book he is writing, which will provide fodder for
the blog. His plans are to post short histories of bus and rail lines
in Southern California, transit trip reports, and short articles about
libraries and archives. This thus far has ranged to include histories
of a one time auto repair training school empire and of transit service
along Whitter Blvd.

I’m curious what obscure corner of local transportation history
Hobbs will explore next. And it is impressive the range and depth of
what he has posted thus far.: Moe:


Bike Shop Hosts “The Great Measure R” Debate

There’s been one small thing missing from the Measure R debate.  With the exception of political posturing from county supervisors and a small debate hosted by Green LA, there hasn’t been an actual "debate" between the proponents and opponents of Metro’s sales tax proposal. Well, thanks to Josef Bray-Ali and his Flying Pigeon bicyle shop, […]

What now for the West Hollywood Transit Corridor?

(I noticed an uptick in press discussions about “density and transit” and “density and West Hollywood.”  To respond to these articles, many of which are predicting doom for anyone foolish enough to try and densify their cities, I asked Dan Wentzel, a transit advocate who resides in West Hollywood, to take take a turn at […]

The Expo Line Opening and the Way Forward

Today is the day. While many were happy about the Gold Line Foothill Extension opening earlier this year, I think the level of excitement about today’s opening of the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica is several magnitudes greater. As Kathy Seal eloquently detailed in her recent post, this project was made possible by authentic grassroots activism, […]

Interview with L.A. THRIVES “We’re Committed To Equitable TOD”

There’s a relatively-new player on the scene in pressing for preserving and building affordable housing along Southern California transit lines: L.A. THRIVES. It’s a coalition effort, comprised of organizations and individuals with great track records on making L.A. healthier and more livable. Our interview was conducted over email in late April. Tell our readers a […]