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  • Transit Court, Expo Crossings, Blue Ribbons Dominate Metro Board Meeting (The Source)
  • London Opens Bicycle Superhighways (Google News)
  • Joe Linton and Ubrayj02 Comment on Last Night’s Bike Plan Seminar
  • Metro Plans Birthday Party for Rail Service, Not Everyone Ready to Party (LAT)
  • Metro Announces Hearing Schedule for Winter’s Bus Cuts (The Source)
  • Hey Mr. Mayor, How About Some Safer Streets? (LACBC)
  • The Ethics of Photoshopping People Into Public Places (Planetizen)
  • Hey, Hollywood Who Needs a Car? (HuffPo)
  • Bicyclists should probably start reviewing the Transit Court staff report, especially the section on bicycles and skates, in preparation for the August 11th Bicycle Roundtable.

  • Erik G.

    From the staff report on Transit Court:

    “(6) to continue improving service to achieve and maintain a ‘world class system’.”

    LOL! Thanks LA Metro, I needed a good laugh. “World class”, huh? You don’t get out much, do you?

  • Erik G.

    From the Code of Conduct:

    “Weapon or instrument intended for use as a weapon” includes but is not limited to
    firearms, switchblade knives, axes, gravity knives, box cutters, straight razors,
    unpackaged razor blades, swords, nunchucks, explosives, dangerous chemicals or
    devices, radioactive materials, and highly combustible materials.

    So I guess this means I can’t buy any Drano and then ride home on LA Metro from the store?

  • Spokker

    A woman who waits at the bus stop at night doesn’t give a shit about Metro’s code of conduct rules. That’s all I can say about that.

  • Joseph E

    @Erik G “So I guess this means I can’t buy any Drano and then ride home on LA Metro from the store?”

    Drano and other chemicals should be fine, as long as they are not “intended for use as a weapon”. But fireworks are probably not okay.

    @ Spokker: “A woman who waits at the bus stop at night doesn’t give a shit about Metro’s code of conduct rules”

    True, since Metro doesn’t consider bus stop security to be their responsibility (perhaps they should). But this stuff can matter when you are on the Blue Line at midnight.

    From personal experience, calling the posted sheriff hotline is fast, and most thugs won’t wait around to see how long it takes for the cops to show up.

    Of course, if Metro would make the sheriffs get on the trains to do ticket checks and monitor for antisocial behavior, between stations, the details of the code might be more important.

  • Tom Rubin and the BRU continue their anti-rail zealotry without realizing they already lost the debate.

  • Spokker

    As Metro ridership decreased in the late 80s and early to mid 90s, the inflation adjusted price of gas was also declining. The price of gas in 1996 was half the price of gas in 1981, in 2010 dollars. Not only that, but the proliferation of relatively fuel-efficient and inexpensive Japanese vehicles gave each driver more bang for the gallon. The mid-90s were a great time to own a vehicle or become an automobile owner.

    Around the time when the Green Line opened, gas was at its cheapest, even cheaper than 1918 inflation adjusted prices.

    The good times didn’t quite roll forever. It wasn’t until July 2008 that gas prices were as expensive as they were in 1981. Time will tell if the era of cheap oil is over. If we return to what happened in the 1990s, expect transit ridership growth to be an even more difficult uphill battle whether your preference is bus or rail. I think the factors affecting transit ridership the most tend to be exogenous rather than endogenous.

  • “To the extent that anyone at Los Angeles County MTA ever believed that expanding rapid transit allows you to reduce bus service — and I’m not sure they ever did — every major rail-intensive city should refute that claim. More efficient long-distance services, often run by rail, increase the demand for services that connect with rail to serve the complete range of possible trips.” – Jarrett Walker at

    ——————– (as well as are essential reading for any transit advocate.