There is news from Metro! More trains, more often! Whodathunk? Merry Christmas, rail patrons! Don’t forget to pay your fare!
Metro Gold Line. Weekday express service will be cancelled and converted to local service; all trains will now run every 7 to 8 minutes during peak periods; weekday and weekend mid-day and afternoon service will be changed from every 15 minutes to every 12 minutes.
Oh, to dream of the day when trains run every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day. And they actually go somewhere.
In other news… the Houston Chronicle reports on the most walkable cities in America. Los Angeles just misses the top 10.
What? We’re the 12th most walkable city in the U.S.? I was surprised, too. I think I’ll drive around during lunch and see how walkable the Valley really is.
Christopher B. Leinberger, a real estate developer and visiting fellow at Brookings, set out to quantify the walkability trend by counting the number of “regional-serving walkable urban places” in each of the 30 biggest metropolitan areas in the country. “Regional-serving” means the place is not just a bedroom community, but has jobs, retail or cultural institutions that bring in people who don’t live there.
If you didn’t fall asleep reading that paragraph, wipe the drool from your chin and peep this line:
rail transit (is) a key factor in the success of walkable places
Well, well. Best get to work, Metro. The Red and Purple Lines won’t finish themselves.