Thursday, November 10, 2016

Measure M Passes!!! Woo Hoo!

Congratulations, Los Angeles County!

Measure M has just passed with near 70% of the vote, enabling a massive and needed expansion of our transit network, combined with the funds raised from Measure R back in 2008.

Measure M also contains needed money for pothole repair, highway fixes, street light fixes, etc.  17% of the money raised will go back to localities for their municipal needs and there will be a dedicated funding stream for "active transportation" (walking/cycling).

This is a dream come true for any transit planner or transit advocate in Los Angeles.

More mobility will be great for the overall economy and people's individual economies, as the County only continues to densify and grow more populous in the decades ahead.   But why wait for these transit and road projects to be completed to enjoy economic benefits?  Here are the "shovel ready" projects ready to go.

Let the good times roll!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

YES on Measure M in November.

I enthusiastically endorse Los Angeles County Measure M in November.

It will allow us to complete and upgrade our Metrorail network.

Every part of Los Angeles County will benefit.  It allows 17% of the revenue collected to go back to local communities for local projects such as fixing potholes.  West Hollywood is projected to receive $509,000 annually from this Measure.

2% of the funds go toward "active transportation", which means better sidewalks for pedestrians and better pathways for cyclists.

Check out Metro's Measure M site for yourself.

Measure M will cause a great increase in mobility, economic development and prosperity.

Vote YES on Measure M.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WHAM (West Hollywood Advocates for Metro Rail)

West Hollywood is putting its efforts on bringing the Metrorail to West Hollywood through an alignment connecting the under construction Crenshaw/LAX line with the Hollywood/Highland Red Line station.

Full disclosure.  I joined WHAM. 

I hope you do too.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

More Progress on Passenger Rail between Los Angeles and Palm Springs

The Desert Sun has reported that the Riverside County Transportation Commission had selected a passenger rail route between Los Angeles to Fullerton to study even further.

That route would run from Los Angeles to Fullerton, swing north to Colton, and then continue southeast through the San Gorgonio Pass to Indio.

According to the article, "If the train only stopped three times between Los Angeles and Indio, officials believe the trip would last around 3 hours and 10 minutes — only about 40 minutes slower than traveling by car."

Well, I don't know about you, but I'd happily bring a laptop and a Kindle and enjoy my journey even if it takes 40 minutes longer than being behind the wheel.

The article also states that "in earlier studies, Coachella Valley officials have suggested three stations, in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Indio."

So cannot wait.

West Hollywood's New Flyer to Advocate for Metrorail

As a current member of the West Hollywood Transportation Commission, I cannot and will not discuss items appearing before the commission in my blog.  However, I was told at last night's meeting that I can share the following with you.

Below are two sides of a draft flyer that West Hollywood will be disseminating to advocate for bringing Metrorail to West Hollywood -- in this case as the connecting link between the Crenshaw/LAX line and the Red Line station at Hollywood/Highland.  The proposed connection with the Purple Line would be a transfer between a proposed SanVicente/Wilshire station and the coming LaCienega/Wilshire Purple Line station.

Fun huh!.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

West Hollywood City Council Candidate Sends Mailer on Public Transit (They all should)

City Council Candidate John Heilman is seeking to return to the West Hollywood City Council.  I was so excited to see a council candidate fully engage on the topic of public transit I jumped for joy when I saw this in my mailbox.  

We have a tremendous opportunity for West Hollywood to discuss and debate improving public (and bicycle/pedestrian) transit prior to the June 2 special election.  Transportation was unfortunately narrowly discussed around the issue of traffic and parking meters for single-occupancy automobiles in the general election in March.  Let us have the fuller transportation discussion we should have had then in the remaining two weeks of the campaign for the special election for West Hollywood City Council.

I look forward to the other candidates mailers and campaign materials on public (and bicycle/pedestrian) transit.

I also invite any of the candidates who wish to submit their public (and bicycle/pedestrian) transit platform to me which I will happily post on this blog for your consideration and discussion.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Exciting Transportation Questions to ask West Hollywood City Council Candidates

As I stated in my prior post, West Hollywood City Election 2015: The truth no one will say about traffic and parking, it was very depressing to watch a West Hollywood City Council election where the only transportation issues discussed, if at all, were about traffic and parking for single-occupancy automobiles.  How retro.

It is not 1987 anymore, and Measure R passed in West Hollywood by 85% of the vote, more than any other city in Los Angeles county.  While the well-being of driving and parking single-occupancy automobiles is obviously important to many people, it should not be the only discussion we are having about transportation in this city.

Here are examples of transportation issues that I, and you, can ask the City Council candidates, and discuss among your friends and neighbors, in the upcoming West Hollywood June 2nd special election directly:
  • Do you favor a transit option that connects West Hollywood to the Red Line in Hollywood directly, without requiring people to transfer, perhaps running non-stop between West Hollywood and Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood/Vine (my preferred option)?
  • Do you favor reconfiguring Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood so it is no longer a "speedway" and gives up a lane of traffic for bike lanes and more residential parking?
  • How would you help bring Metrorail to West Hollywood?  
  • Should we hold out for a below-ground Metrorail option that make take a few decades to be built or an above ground option that can be built in a few years?
  • She we create transit-only lanes for buses on Santa Monica Boulevard, similar to what is coming very soon to Wilshire Boulevard?
  • How can we partner with neighboring cities and neighborhoods to create transit projects that will serve this whole region?
  • Where else can we add bicycle lanes to West Hollywood and how else can we improve bicycle infrastructure?
  • As West Hollywood is considered a very "walkable city", how can we continue to improve the pedestrian experience?
  • How does West Hollywood adapt to the world of  Uber/Lyft and its relationship to Taxi and Limosuine services?
  • How do we add mobility to the Sunset Strip? 
  • Are parking meters on Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. really the most efficient use of that road space and should we try relocating that parking, by acquiring or building new parking, to free that space up for more mobility?
So if these questions are at least as interesting to you as the same old debates about parking meters for single-occupancy automobiles, feel free to ask them of our candidates, so that our transportation discussion for the special election is much more well-rounded than the general election we just completed.