I recently learned about a new mobile phone app introduced by the City of Los Angeles and powered by Xerox. While there are many trip planning apps on the market, this one stands out because it enables users to seamlessly mix and match personal / public transportation options, including walking, biking, bus and rail transit, […]
As recently reported in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-2 on Tuesday to approve “…a sweeping transportation plan that calls for the addition of hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and other road redesigns over the next 20 years.” The primary objectives of this initiative, dubbed Mobility […]
If you’re thinking about spending part of the Memorial Day weekend on your bicycle, you may want to take a look at Metro’s new 2014 Bike Map, released just a week or two ago for Bike Week LA. This new fold out map aggregates information from 88 cities and Los Angeles County and depicts Class […]
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is overseeing a major expansion of the region’s transportation network. Thanks in no small part to the passage of Measure R in 2008, Metro will spend upwards of $40 billion to relieve traffic and upgrade transportation infrastructure throughout the county over a 30-year period.
In 2011 Metro purchased the iconic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, a beautiful structure that combines Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles. Partially designed by John Parkinson and Donald Parkinson, the station was built by the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and Santa Fe railroads in the late 1930s at a cost of $11 million and became known as the last of the great stations in America.
With the recent opening of Metro’s Expo Line, greater Los Angeles’ rail transportation network moved another step closer to linking the dense Westside with communities across the southland and providing a viable alternative to the automobile, at least for certain routes. This milestone is noteworthy in that it represents yet another opportunity for a Metro transit line to remake the city’s built form, as well as its civic and cultural life. It also harks back to a time when the region had the largest electric railway system in the world, comprised of what were commonly called Red Cars.