Monday, May 03, 2010

Move LA, part 2

(continued from part 1)

... and expanding L.A.'s light rail network.

We seek cities' use of local return funds for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, as the City of Los Angeles just approved 10% for.

This map from The Transit Coalition suggests a number of rail corridors beyond the Measure R map. I'd highlight (1) extending the Crenshaw line from the Expo line up to Hollywood and (2) north south corridors from Westwood to LAX along Lincoln and/or the 405.

California High Speed Rail is important to Los Angeles, that will replace many intra-state plane flights and long car drives with electric trains (earlier post on Prop. 1A; California High Speed Rail Blog).

A few cities like San Francisco still have electric trolley buses.

The new company Proterra will be testing battery-electric buses that fast-charge at the end of their routes on Foothill Transit this year.

Plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles are very important for all the trips that do not fit biking, walking, or transit. The first two major auto company models are the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, due late this year (EVs and Energy Blog; Plug In America).

Finally, a major benefit of rail transit is enabling effective Transit Oriented Development within walking distance of stations, like here at Del Mar in Pasadena on the Gold Line. But will it live up to Smart Growth or just be auto-oriented "dumb density"?

Livable streets that encourage walking to neighborhood shops are very important. These two examples from Portland's Pearl District show the kind of amenities that make you feel at home.

Parks and open space for kids and older people are very important to balance increased density.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, I saw this on another transportation blog and I thought you might be interested since you mentioned something about high-speed rail.

San Gabriel Valley Community Open House
Event Information
What: San Gabriel Valley Community Open House
Los Angeles to San Diego via Inland Empire Section

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Attend the open house anytime between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Where: Grace T. Black Auditorium
3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731

Please join us to learn more about the High-Speed Train System and the I-10 Alternative. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is hosting a San Gabriel Valley Community Open house in El Monte to provide the communities along the I-10 Freeway an opportunity to learn more about the High-Speed Train program, and specifically, the potential alternative planned along the I-10 Freeway corridor as part of the Los Angeles to San Diego via the Inland Empire Section.

Project topics will include updates on the project, proposed alternative alignments, station locations, design options and a review of the environmental process.

The San Gabriel Valley Community Open House is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to speak directly with members of the project team, ask questions and provide feedback.
Please plan on joining us on October 6, 2010.