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Friday, May 29, 2015

Opponents of the 710 freeway extension offer new alternatives to the tunnel plan


By Air Talk, May 29, 2015


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Improving public transportation, surface streets and increasing bicycle lanes were proposed by opponents of the 710 freeway extension this week. 


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Opponents of the 710 freeway extension presented alternatives to the $5.6 billion tunneling plan this week, proposing better public transportation, improving surface streets and increasing bicycle lanes. 

The 710 was created to get motorists more efficiently from Long Beach to Pasadena through the heart of Los Angeles County.  In 2013, officials narrowed options to five rail and roadway plans, one of which was a tunnel between Alhambra and South Pasadena. However, this week a community group submitted a new set of ideas, focused primarily on public transportation.

Is improved public transportation a better alternative to the tunnel plan? Which freeway plan are you in favor of?


Marina Khubesrian, M.D., vice chair of Beyond the 710, the coalition that proposed the 710 alternative. She is also a member of the South Pasadena City Council.

Steve Placido, D.D.S., Council member, City of Alhambra.

Zipcar adds more car sharing locations near Metro station


By Steve Hymon, May 29, 2015

 L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti at this morning's press event. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro.

 L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti at this morning’s press event. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro.

Here are the locations:
Blue Line Willow Lot, 2750 American Ave., Long Beach 90806
Expo Line La Cienega/Jefferson, 5664 W Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles 90016
Gold Line Indiana Lot, 210 S Indiana St., Los Angeles 90063
Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress, 370 W Avenue 26, Los Angeles 90031
Green Line El Segundo, 2226 E El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo 90245
Orange Line Van Nuys, 6062 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, 91411
Orange Line Pierce College, 6425 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, 91367
Red Line North Hollywood, 5391 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601
Red Line Universal City, 3913 Lankershim Blvd.,Studio City 91604
Red Line Westlake/MacArthur Park, 660 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles 90057
Here is the news release from Metro:

In an effort to help enhance mobility, provide Los Angeles transit customers with more transportation options and improve first mile-last mile connectivity to Metro stops, Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) have entered into a partnership to provide vehicles for hourly or daily reservations at ten Metro park-and-ride locations.

Twenty Zipcars will be available, two at each of the ten locations, providing residents, businesses and visitors with access to vehicles along busy transit corridors.

“We’re helping Angelenos stay on the move by offering more options to get where they need to go. Our pilot Zipcar partnership carries on our commitment to extend the reach of our Metro Rail system by making it more convenient to travel the last mile,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

Zipcar allows members to reserve a car by the hour or the day. Membership starts as low as $7 per month and members can choose vehicles such as sedans, hybrids, luxury vehicles and cargo vans. 
“For years Zipcar has served as a convenient way to get around Los Angeles, and now, with this partnership with Metro, Zipcar can also serve as a way to get out and explore beyond the city limits,” said Zipcar Regional Vice President Dan Grossman. “The partnership with Metro allows our members to have access to more cars in even more places making it easier than ever to live car-free or car-lite.”

Zipcar will be available for reservation at the El Segundo lot, Indiana parking lot, La Cienega/Jefferson, Lincoln/Cypress, North Hollywood south lot, Pierce College, Universal City north lot, Van Nuys, Westlake/MacArthur Park lot and the Willow Street lot.

“Most people walk to or from their transit stop. Improving the first mile/last mile access to transit with initiatives such as the partnership with Zipcars is critical to making transportation more convenient,” said Metro Board member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. “This also helps extend the reach of transit and will help boost transit ridership throughout the county.

Metro and Zipcar Offer Vehicles at Park and Ride Lots
Zipcar gives its members on-demand access to a variety of cars in hundreds of cities and colleges and university campuses worldwide as well as major airports throughout North America and in Europe. With cars available 24/7 for reservation via Zipcar’s mobile app, through http://www.zipcar.com, or over the phone, Zipcar is a smart transportation option for those who only need a car by the hour or by the day. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day.

About Zipcar
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout Austria, Canada, France, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

APTA: Public transit users save $9,524 annually


May 29, 2015

This month, the annual savings for public transit riders is $9,524, according to the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) May Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can also save, on average, more than $794 per month.

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle, which includes the May 27 average national gas price of $2.74 per gallon — reported by AAA — and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $166.26, according to the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study, which is the most recent report available. Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,995.

Hyperloop developer wants to offer free trips during off-peak hours


By Chris Perkins, May 28, 2015


What if someday you could take a 35 minute Hyperloop trip from LA to San Fransisco for free? This may sound like a pipe dream, but one developer wants to make it a reality.

Dirk Alhborn — CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the companies that's trying to bring tech entrepreneur Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept to life — wants to offer Hyperloop riders free trips during off-peak hours and low fares during peak hours.

See also: Can the Hyperloop Be Crowdfunded?

Alhborn told Wired, he wants "to make it something you use every single day many times," and offering a low price point for rides is his way to do so, despite price consultants who think that a Hyperloop ride would cost twice that of a plane ticket.

Hyperloop was announced back in 2013 as a mass-transportation system that can transport passengers between San Fransisco and Los Angeles in less than 40 minutes. Passengers would ride in aluminum pods in sealed tubes, traveling at speeds of up to 800 mph. Alhborn recently said the Hyperloop will likely launch within a decade — an unquestionably ambitious goal.

To offset the price, Alhborn mentioned selling the extra energy Hyperloop makes as a part of a move to get more riders interested. While he said there would be other revenue streams to offer no-cost Hyperloop tickets, he didn't detail what those could be.

HTT is slated to build a five-mile test track running along Interstate 5 in California, which will allow them to further develop the Hyperloop concept. However, this relatively short length of the track will only allow them to test at a paltry 200 mph, rather than Musk's projected 800 mph. The track will be paid for by an initial public offering (IPO) later this year.

Alhborn said that he took inspiration for his pricing strategy from video games that use a freemium model. Video games "are free and are making more money (than ever before) through upsales in-game," he told CNBC.

So basically, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood may have had a hand in the development of the Hyperloop.

Beyond the 710

Posted by Joe Cano on Facebook, May 29, 2015

Video by Joe Cano: Beyond The 710 Press Conference