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Below are some pics taken this spring at or near two stations under construction for the Regional Connector — Historic Broadway (at 2nd and Broadway) and Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill (at 2nd and Hope). The photos were taken by Ken Karagozian for Metro. I converted the top one to black and white because everything’s better in B+W.
The Connector will tie together the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines and allow quicker light rail trips to and through DTLA. Example: if you ride the Gold Line into DTLA from East L.A., you will no longer have to go out of your way to Union Station to transfer to the subway to reach the heart of DTLA. The Connector is scheduled to open in 2022. More recent pics are here.
And in the news…
•Ahead of Uber’s going public on the stock market, Uber drivers in L.A. and other cities in the U.S. and world went on strike today, reports the LAT. While rides were still easy to get, says the LAT, the greater risk to Uber is that legislators start passing laws requiring better treatment of its drivers.
•Also in the LAT: local columnist Steve Lopez takes a tour of Cathay Circle as a way to discuss SB 50, the proposed state law that would pre-empt local zoning in some cases and allow more housing to be built near frequent bus and train lines. Not surprisingly, Lopez finds that single-family homeowners are not eager to see the zoning changed in their neighborhoods to allow residential buildings that could be 45- or 55-foot tall — if that neighborhood is close to a rail or ferry stop.
Confused by SB 50? Curbed San Francisco has a good flow chart graphic, although it’s still not always easy to figure out what would be allowed to be built where. Here’s the bill tracker for SB 50.
•Discussion of the proposed service changes in Metro’s draft budget in the thread below. No argument about the ridership numbers although I’d say they’re falling here and many other parts of the country for a variety of reasons ranging from the good economy to gas prices to increasing auto sales to Uber/Lyft competition to, yes, service issues.
A predictable pratfall out of Metro’s draft 2020 budget: Proposing service cuts in response to falling ridership caused by bad service https://t.co/ExxLISJ79J
— Scott Frazier (@safrazie) April 30, 2019
•It’s National Bike Month. In celebration, here’s a tweet from a ride in Long Beach — kudos to the cyclist for avoiding the obstacles.
Great ride to work this morning… except at :01, :32, :49 and the grand finale at 1:53. One good thing, trash cans well organized and out of the way at 1:28! Bear w/ me, though, it's a rough edit. #dtlb #newbikelane #broadwaybikelane pic.twitter.com/b2KHmlN5XE
— Asia Morris (@hugelandmass) May 8, 2019
This article first appeared on thesource.metro.net
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