How We Roll: your take on what it would take to get people to drive less in LaLa Land

I wrote last week about the impending gas tax and vehicle registration fee increase in CaliforniaFolks were not shy offering up some answers about what would drive them to drive less.

Dept. of Ridership: the estimates for March have been posted and show a slight a dip overall from a year ago. But the Expo Line set another record. Keep in mind these estimates are tabulated over the six prior months, so what these numbers are showing for Expo are the increases that came after Metro began running Expo at six-minute frequencies during peak hours in October.

‘A different image:’ the city moves to alter its sprawling image (NYT)

The 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley. Some sprawl, some denser corridors, too. Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro.

The Senior Gray Lady takes a look at the results of Measure M in November and Measure S in the city of L.A. last March and concludes we’re moving toward a less sprawling, more dense, more walkable, less auto-centric and more transit-friendly version of ourselves. And that’s what we want.

This article takes an almost total pass on skepticism. My three cents: so few people voted in the Measure S election that I don’t think you can draw any conclusions about the greater population’s wishes.

That said, I think the central premise is certainly true in many places. There’s no doubt we’re seeing more neighborhoods gentrify (some say for better, some say for worse). And people don’t seem to fret as much about traffic when considering new developments.

It’s worth mentioning that there are as many vehicles in L.A. County as ever, transit ridership has dipped or been flat and real estate prices everywhere — including the ‘burbs — have risen steeply in recent times. Maybe our image has changed, but it’s hard to say the days of sprawl are behind us.

Charing for Metro parking is good for equity and the environment (Streetsblog LA)

Metro’s announcement earlier this month that a $3 daily parking fee will go into effect at NoHo and Universal City/Studio City stations on April 24 has certainly garnered some interest and caused eyebrows to flap. See the comments on our recent post.

Joe Linton likes the fees and points to something he has often complained about: the vast majority of Metro riders do not drive to stations, yet help pay for the construction and maintenance of free parking lots for the riders who do. Of course, there’s another side to the coin: the riders who do drive often say they’re doing the right thing by taking transit and free parking makes that option possible/palatable.

Things to read whilst transiting: how hard must Thor hit the Hulk in order to send the Hulk flying backward? Probably harder than is possible, so says Wired in a very fun let’s-apply-the-rules-of-physics to the new trailer for Thor III.

Credit: Marvel.

S.F. considering legal action against state to get Uber, Lyft data (SF Examiner)

The California Public Utilities Commission has data on the location of Uber and Lyft vehicles — and says it’s confidential. The city wants the data to see what traffic lessons might be learned. And get this: there may be as many as 45,000 Uber and Lyft drivers in the city, compared to less than 2,000 taxis.

New York City ferries get a touch of whimsy thanks to kids (WNYC)

Quote of the day: “I was looking at the lunchboxes,” he said, pointing to cubbies at the front of the classroom. “Then I just came up with the name lunchbox.”


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