Many believe LA Metro's upholstered seats (pictured above) may be as dirty --- potentially filled with dangerous bacteria and viruses --- as BART's upholstered seats were before the Bay Area transit agency switched theirs out for vinyl coverings (Photo: Brigham Yen)
Los Angeles Metro. It stinks. Literally.
Step into a train or bus during rush hour and you’ll find yourself gasping for fresh air by the time you get to your destination. If you’re lucky enough to grab a seat, that comes with its own gross factor. Why? I’ve never really understood the concept of upholstered bus and subway seats. A public transportation system is supposed to get you from Point A to Point B quickly, safely and efficiently; comfort should only be considered as an added bonus, but cleanliness should never be left out of the equation.
When the new Civic Center park reopens this summer, we should have new subway portal canopies, giving our rail network a much stronger identity (Photo: Behance Network)
I always love to see investments in our public transit infrastructure here in Los Angeles. For a city known more for suburban sprawl and so embarrassingly tied to the automobile, it’s always nice to see improvements made to our growing rail network. Thanks to reader Steven Harris for sending in these renderings of modern portal canopies, taken from Behance Network, that will apparently be implemented at many of our subway station portals along the Red and Purple Lines.
As Los Angeles continues to centralize into a more compact city (into Downtown LA and environs) and the metro system continues to attract a higher and higher ridership, we must continue to upgrade and modernize our system to make it as comfortable and clean as possible as other mature urban cities have done with their metro systems
A couple of weeks ago I attended the ARA (AIDS Research Alliance) fundraiser in Downtown LA hosted at Cicada Restaurant on the ground floor of the beautiful historic 1927 Oviatt Building. I met a gentleman from San Francisco named Steve Villano who flew down to LA just for this fundraiser.
(FYI: That's my ticket that I'm showing off!) The price for an All-Day Metro ticket, good on rail and bus operated by Metro, has been lowered to $5 effective Aug 1, 2011
A quick reminder again that our Los Angeles Metro all-day pass, which means you can ride all Metro operated rail and bus lines all day, has lowered its price from $6 to $5 effective August 1, 2011. This is a trial period to see if the new lower price will help generate higher ridership, so if possible, consider taking Metro instead of driving to help save you both money and the headache of driving and finding expensive parking.
What better news for a balmy Los Angeles Friday!
(Click image to enlarge) The Los Angeles Times front page today announcing the Wilshire Blvd subway official approval
Today is one of the greatest milestones in LA history. Future generations will look back decades from now and know that “2010” was the year LA chose to embrace urbanism over strict auto-dependency. Cities across the world are identified by their transit networks (New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, etc.) and Los Angeles is no exception as our “transit network” of clogged and ever-widening freeways and streets have earned us the reputation of shame amongst many who expect great transit service from a city as large and diverse as LA.