How We Roll, March 9: Expo ridership, EPA vs CO2, young Blue Line pics

ICYMI: VICE News, which airs on HBO, had an excellent segment on Measure M and the future of federal transpo funding on Wednesday.

ICYMI2: Metro’s Innovation office received an unsolicited proposal for accelerating the conversion of the Orange Line to light rail through a public-private partnership. These kind of deals require a ton of scrutiny and are hard to do, but it’s better to have the interest than not.

Ridership news: The Expo Line had its best month ever, according to Metro’s ridership estimates. Keep in mind that monthly estimates for Metro Rail are generated using data collected over the prior six months.

The way we talk about autonomy is a lie — and that’s dangerous (Fortune)

Want to sit back, read a book or take a snooze or FaceTime with your lovey-dovey while driving? Keep dreaming because that’s probably decades away, writes Jonathon Ramsey, noting that media have used the term ‘self-driving’ liberally and applied it to things such as adaptive cruise control and lane assist technology.

My Subaru has both and they are great features — and they are definitely not self-driving. If anything, both make you pay extra attention to the road unless you have an absolutely unmitigated faith in technology. Which I do not.

Related: three self-driving trucks (with humans still perched behind the wheel) were tested on the 110 freeway on Wednesday, reports the SGV Trib.

Art of Transit:

Some pics of the Blue Line during construction in 1988 from the Metro Transportation Library & Archive’s Flickr page:

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The entire album is here.

EPA chief doubts consensus view on climate change (NYT)

Scott Pruitt said that he doesn’t agree that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to climate change. The US EPA website says “Since the Industrial Revolution began around 1750, human activities have contributed substantially to climate change by adding CO2 and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere.”

As we’ve noted in the past, generally speaking taking transit instead of driving alone is a way to reduce greenhouse gases that you’re responsible for.

It’s not your imagination: bike share programs are popping up all over the place (Vox)

In 2016, there were about 28 million bike share rides and about 42,000 bikes available in different programs, reports Vox. And the number of bike share programs has grown from four in 2010 to 55.

Those aren’t numbers to sneeze at…but if my math is correct, that works out to about two rides per bike per day across the U.S. I absolutely love the idea of bike share, but I think a lot of cities — including the one in which I’m currently sitting — could seriously boost ridership if there were more bike paths and protected bike lanes near the bike share stations.

Related: Metro Bike Share is coming to Pasadena, San Pedro and Venice later this year.

Metro putting cell service on entire Red Line by end of 2017 (Curbed LA)

Actually, we’re trying to get the work done by year’s end. In the meantime, heads up about buses replacing subway service this Saturday and Sunday between Vermont/Santa Monica and Hollywood/Vine (more here). That’s so work can take place to install cell phone infrastructure.

Pregnant woman gives man ‘decent dude’ award for giving up seat (NBC4)

The best part: she lugged a ‘decent dude’ trophy around for months until finding someone worthy. Men. Ugh.


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