2014-08-31

 
Vae Viator54


When politicians involve themselves in technical matters, expect failures.

The photograph below documents the situation at the Maxella AV and Lincoln BL stop on the BBB number 3 Line. It is the sort of “work” one would expect from the LACMTA. They taped or caused to be taped shut the aperture in the plastic pipes associated with power poles. These pipes were used as improvised trash cans. BBB N.B. The stop still needs a trash can!
Su Topo will include this comment in every post with the above until BBB
corrects the problem. For quite awhile BBB has been charging for intra-line transfers, reversing the long standing policy of free transfers to other BBB lines. 

Too, BBB has spent lots of money to build a big headquarters on Colorado BL just east of 4th Street. Mr. King, just a few dollars for a trash can, you might need a few more to cover other bus stops too, will erase this section. After all, it is Marina Del Rey! :-)




BBB Maxella Trash Fix???♪

White Line Incursion Series
Su Topo uses video to highlight the problem of scofflaw drivers endangering Metro bus passengers yet, no authority seems to want to take ownership of the problem. The issue is not unique to the particular site which this Mole documents, but is illustrative of a general problem. Your Mole encourages you to report similar problems to the appropriate agencies in your area(s) and hope that you will have better luck than he. In the youtube.com videos linked below one can see exactly what happens when the policing agencies fail to enforce traffic laws.

The videos linked below document the important fact that a never ending stream of vehicles fail to use the lane as required by law.
Neither are the policing agencies active when it comes to protecting us by bringing these obvious and frequent traffic law violations to an immediate halt. The LACMTA is derelict as well, in that they fail to use the near hourly proof of the violations captured by the on board cameras, mentioned here, and discussed at length in the posting of 2012-05-31.

In the following videos we see further instances of scofflaw drivers, some in convoy, cutting in front of Metro 111/311 buses.
Please see the www.youtube.com video of an SUV cutting off a 111/311 Line bus, here and two vehicles convoying  across the solid white line and cutting off a Line 111/311 bus here
                            

Please carefully note that often, pedestrians are be pinned to the curb by the vehicles that cut in front of the bus —as a result these pedestrians are illegally denied the right-of-way. Which right-of-way would be unchallengeably theirs IF, and only IF, Mr. Leahy would have one of his staff explain su Topo’s  simple solution (vide infra) to him. 

In spite of the potential for these violations to occur several times per HOUR, I have never seen a police presence at this location. One would think that with a bus schedule taped to the dashboard one of the several policing agencies would have made some arrests by now. Unless they have "more important" work, than protecting bus passengers, to do.

La Taupe feels that it is appropriate to dedicate these video(s) to ALL the agencies that should be protecting us. So, they are dedicated to (1): Airport (LAWA) Police, the L.A.P.D., the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department and Mr. A. Leahy who is CEO of the LACMTA.

Su  Topo has recommended a simple solution to the problem. That is, have the 111 Line buses pull up to pedestrian crosswalk then stop and discharge passengers. Doing so eliminates the space in front of the bus which the always-in-a-hurry scofflaws use to cut in front of the bus. But, with the LACMTA nothing is simple. Although the solution could be implemented with nothing more than a memo to the 111/311 Line drivers, it is a task for which the LACMTA is inadequate.

A sad event made even sadder

The Los Angeles Times reported (Xia) that a Manhattan Beach teenager has died after, on July 11, 2014, while standing up on the open-air, top-deck of a tour bus, the upper part of his body was struck by the Arbor Vitae overpass of the 405 Freeway.

This was the second occurrence of such an accident. The first occasion (Staff) took place when a Queens teenager opened the hatch of an enclosed upper-deck and looked out.  He was killed near Ft. Lee, NJ. 

Had the California licensing agencies been aware of the New Jersey accident they could have promulgated regulations which prohibited use of the upper-deck when the bus was traveling on freeways or in other areas with overpasses.  I could not determine whether the LACMTA has any responsibility over buses like the ones operated by Starline Tours. 

OVERMATCHED




Your Mole has calculated the potential earnings for the Lawa FlyAway service. Based upon the 1.5 million passengers quoted in a 2008 report, he assumed 2 million passengers in 2013.  Using the current rate of $8/passenger the estimated gross earnings should be $16,000,000.00 – Yes $16 MILLION!  Of course, fares from Westwood are $10, even though Westwood in closer to LAX??  My estimates for earnings may be understated because there are more routes in 2012 and even more in 2013 and currently; which translates to higher earnings.  Further, monthly passes for airport employees cost $120 bringing their costs down and correspondingly reducing Lawa’s earnings from the $352 twenty-two day round trip cost. 

Airport employees could travel on Metro buses to the LAXCBC, then, ride a free parking lot shuttle to the terminal area.  Organizations which pride themselves on their transparency would have more detailed statistics and certainly more up-to-date data.

Then, using the LACMTA financial statement for 2010, it was all that I could find* —you are, of course, not surprised —I made the following determination.  That “[p]assenger fares” collected totaled $ 316,427,000.


*I looked through the directory structure that contained the 2010 report, no luck!  Then, a more general search of the dysfunctional organization’s website resulted in this message: “Your search - financial statments_2012 +financial statments_2013 +financial statments_2014 site:www ... - did not match any documents.

I submit that Lawa is picking the LACMTA’s pocket to the tune of $16 million!  Now, if the LACMTA ran something like express buses, it could not charge $8 per seat, nor should it.  So in actual fact, based on say, a nominal fare of $3 per seat Lawa is only picking the LACMTA’s pocket to the tune of $6 million! 

Question number one, anyone please: Why is Lawa in the bus business?  There is a question for the Los Angeles Times Transportation beat reporters; perhaps lead by Ms Nelson?

Question number two: With an additional $6 million, or more, in fare collections going to the LACMTA instead of Lawa; would a fare increase on 2014-09-15 even be necessary?

Regarding that fare increase, base fare is increasing from $1.50 to $1.75, slightly more than 15%.

Metro–to-Muni Transfers are increasing from .35 to .50, around 42%.

Senior base fares, for peak travel times, are increasing from .50 to .75, a 50% increase.

Senior Metro–to-Muni Transfers are increasing from .10 to.25, a 250% increase!

It appears that the seniors must either reduce their travel or start emptying out their piggy banks.  My recommendation to the seniors is to involve an organization to lobby on their behalf.  Perhaps, AARP would assume the task.

Question number three: Is the LACMTA trying to balance its perennial money problems on the backs of seniors?

Question number four: Why can’t the LACMTA and LAWA be more transparent and publish their financial data?

The operating loss shown on the 2010 report was $1,328,532,000, that is more than $1.3 billion!!  An additional $6 million would have hardly dented that amount.  Does that $1.3 billion loss value give you the feeling that someone is guilty of financial mismanagement?



Loss Making LACMTA

One can see the loss amount from the 2101 financial report above.  This Mole can criticise something that is undoubtedly missing from the financial statement and that is a contingency reserve for maintenance.  An excellent organization is aware, by experience over time, that maintenance costs can be estimated as a percentage of plant and equipment.  Your Mole has seen many instances of maintenance being ignored.  A single example will suffice: there are a number of cracked, overhead glass panels ay Mariposa Station.  These panels present a danger to the traveling public in earthquake-prone California!  (Please see: this earlier post (page down to the photos).  TWO CLICKS on each picture will enlarge it and make the cracks more visible.


Question number five: Why is the LACMTA allowed to build out infrastructure beyond their capacity to maintain it?

A team from the Los Angeles Times could easily expand this list of questions and go on to write a Pulitzer Prize winning exposé of the dysfunctional LACMTA.  That is, if they weren’t constrained by their management for “some reason”.



BLANK PAGES

Your Mole is always interested in the illogical.  Such as exactly why pages are “intentionally left blank”; as they do in LACMTA’s financial report.  Is it so that someone’s  brother-in-law can sell more paper to the LACMTA or is there a “better” reason?


The Mole reads the papers and other things, obviating the necessity of your doing so.

The Los Angeles Times reports (Nelson) that the LACMTA board voted 9 to 3 to award the contract to build out the Purple Line.

Ms Nelson writes that the$1.6-billion Purple Line extension contract to a joint venture led by Skanska USA”.  She continues: “But some elected officials balked at the price difference in bids, saying a $1.4-billion proposal by another firm, Dragados USA, warranted further consideration.”

The operative comment was: "I'm having a hard time leaving $192 million on the table," L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe said during the meeting. "This process is extremely flawed." 

Su Topo feels that he means that, in awarding the contract to Skanska, the LACMTA is OVERPAYING by $192 million. Leaving $192 million “on the table” communicates to la Taupe that money is NOT being spending???  It is just taxpayer’s money after all.

amNY covers (Pereira) that fact that New York City has the lowest transportation costs in the U.S.  They have “critical mass” in that 52% of the citizenry uses mass transportation which, except for the buses, is RAPID transit as well!

«  C'est si beau, la mer et les ciels, les bêtes, les gens et les arbres tels que la nature les a faits, avec leur caractère, leur vraie manière d'être, dans la lumière, dans l'air, tels qu'il sont. »

Eugène Boudin (1824-07-12~1898-08-08)

 ["It's so beautiful, the sea and sky, animals, people and trees as nature made ​​them, with their character, their true way of being in the light, in the air, such that are .]


Ars longa vita breva

Here is a link to a number of Eugène Boudin’s paintings 

You can lots more by using your search engine.

¿Musica?
How about something from a compositeur who was a contemporary of Boudin?  Perhaps, “Intermezzo” by Charles Gounod,(1818-06-17~1893-10-18) h

Merci beaucoup!, Thank you! to our good friends at www.grooveshark.com for always providing the appropriate music for us.



The Mole rides again, so you can learn how MV Transportation Drivers clean their buses.
(All times are expressed in the 24 hour system.)



The Bus But NOT the ACT♪

2014-07-31 14:00 @ LAXCBC: I watch, but my camera operator is too slow L to capture driver 83064 kick trash out of bus number 11029 into the roadway.   He drives for MV Transportation; you remember them, they always have the dispatch radios set at an ear-splitting level.



Mi Casa Su Basura♪
  
2014-08-02 at Lenox & Hawthorne BL @ 10:20: A man works assiduously (Please see photo above) to construct something in front of a disused shoe store.  He has LOTS of shopping carts, some clearly identified as belonging to Sears, Marukai Pacific and etc.

2014-08-02 12:47 @ Willowbrook Station: The PA announcement is trying, in vain, to tell us something.  Too bad that the freeway noise overwhelms make the speaker unintelligible.  The LACMTA should be sued for violating OSHA noise level standards AND for gross stupidity for not making the announcements via the platform scroll!  Although they do scroll an advisory to use one’s iPhone.



BBB Operator and Passenger Talk & Talk & …♪

2014-08-06 Aboard BB Bus #1340 @11:30:  The driver, number 18450, who was identified by the scroll, a new feature on BBB, carried on a non-stop conversation with a male passenger (photo above) —now if only Metro buses would scroll the drivers number … .

The Walk Light is ALWAYS against you II

2014-08-06 just before 13:00, in El Segundo at the intersection of Roscrans and Sepulveda:  Crossing this street proves that the walk light is always against you!   Please see the video here



Sleeping Beauty at LAXCBC♪

2014-08-06 @ 13:40 at LAXBC: Nothing is more indicative of the poor security at the LAX City Bus Center than the many homeless who populate the area and loiter without a valid purpose.

Occasionally one does see a sector car from one of the agencies expected to maintain order in the area, but these officers seem to coexist peacefully with the transients.

2014-08-07 @ 07:31: Your Mole rides CCMBL 6 Line bus, number 7109 driven by operator #112 who carries on a long conversation with her friend who straddles the yellow line up front and, due to her, ummm, girth?, blocks more than half of the narrow aisle at the front, impeding ingress and egress.

2014-08-14 aboard a northbound, CC Rapid #6 @ 08:00:  Operator number 82 driving bus number 7107 has us rocking and rolling up Sepulveda.  Accelerate, break … repeat ad nauseam (Cf. 2014-08-21).  Neither are smooth stops in this driver’s repertoire.  She is, without question, one of the roughest and jerkiest drivers employed by the CCMBL.


2014-08-21 aboard a northbound, CC Rapid #6 @ 06:30:  Operator number 86, driving bus number 7107, delivers a nice, smooth, pleasant ride up Sepulveda.  Contrast that with the ride obtained from Operator number 82 (Vide supra).



How we spend one third of our time♪

Bus riders spend one third of their time, walking, one third of their time waiting and one third of their time actually riding buses —at least that is this Mole’s estimate.  

2014-08-30 @ 06:00: Alma Del Barrio wakes me up.  The hostesses today are Angelica and Ana.  They are bright and cheerful.  It is GREAT to hear Español spoken so beautifully!  One of the early songs in the program is La Mujre Latina.   It is a wonderful start to a three-day weekend!  Here is a different version of La Mujre Latina, one with a salsa beat. 
Here is also a version by Thalia
 
Ear (and Eye) to the Rail

Let’s listen to some bus related music.  How about Blues Del Autobus by
Ana Belén y Victor Manuel? 







Transit as unseen and unimagined by the LACMTA

The LACMTA  (Subordinate to LAWA)

Presents

Every Which Way But Right!

OR

Four Seats to LAX!

OR

The LACMTA Tries Again; Asymptotically to LAX!

OR

The World’s Most Inconvenient Way in Which to Travel From City Center to an Airport!


The purpose of this section is to make people aware that the LACMTA is not home to many problem solvers.  I hope to accomplish this end by presenting the solutions adopted by other cities, some in foreign countries, in solving the city to airport rapid mass transportation challenge.

Cautionary Note: Those employed by the LACMTA or LAWA should NOT view the following video(s). The speed of the train(s), the fact that they neither share the right of way nor stop at stop lights, because they are truly rapid transit, will likely make you dizzy, nauseous, confuse and frighten you.

Medellin, Colombia, ranked 100th largest city in the world, has a population of 3,686,000 and is about 1/4th the size of Los Angele, which is ranked 17th in the world and has a population of 14,900,000 —but, take a look at the nice rapid transit, i.e., grade separated from other traffic, system which they have in Medellin.  Tambien, una conductora linda de tren, Ms Sarasuati Ochoa.

Medellin is like Los Angeles in that they don’t have a train to their airport either —yet.  But I wouldn’t bet against them being the first to have it or to end up with a single seat ride to their airport.


The video is linked here.  

Kind of makes you hang your head in shame, doesn’t it? Mr. Leahy??

Su Topo believes that the legacy of the LACMTA, developed over say, the last 50 years, is a third-rate (3rd rate) transportation hodge-podge, that does not rise to the level of being described as a system.  It will plague and retard Los Angeles for generations.  It is NOT a legacy of RAPID TRANSIT, rather it is an ill-concieved, poorly designed and pooly cconstructed network based upon the Toonerville Trolley model.

It is not too late to freeze all projects whit the possible exceptio being the Purple Line to the VA Hospital.

Thank you youtube.com for the video!  Also, Muchas Gracias to Elman532, ho uploaded the video.  

And speaking of legacies, perhaps one should go back and read the Los Angeles Times story (Panzar) about the "Century Crunch".  However, like seemingly most of the projects taken on by the LACMTA. there are often unintended consequences.  Please take a look at the photo below. 



Nice Work LACMTA (NOT!)

Pictured is the Century BL/Aviation BL intersection showing the ped-head (pedestrian cross-walk signal) on the north-east corner.  It is out of service.  

It is the only way for users of the Metro 117 Line, BBB 3 and 3R and the CCMBL 6 and 6R buses to travel east from the busstop.  Said busstop is located 10 metres or so from the nort-west corner of the intersection.  There is NO CROSSWALK that allows on to cross Century BL from the north-west corner to the south-west corner.  There is a crosswalk allowing Aviation BL to be crossed from the north-west corner to the north-east corner, BUT, there is no working ped-head; as evidenced by the photo just above!

If anyone believes that the LACMTA gives even a passing thought to its ridership, then  the above should disabuse those passengers of the thought.

This Mole is fairly certain that IF someone from the LACMTA can read this the signal will be back in operation "soon". 

And Mr. Leahy, there is absolutely no reason to thank this Mole; he only does what a normal person would do after observing and analysing your organization's "work".  

Cosmology

Black holes are interesting there are over 100 million in our galaxy and they are BIG!  A report (University) in Science Daily describes the range in sizes as:  from 10 times to 100 times the mass of our sun.  Gigantic black holes may be as large as 1 million times the mass of sol!  Where else can the lyrics of a Beatles song be found embedded in a scientifice work?

Please read the details included in this eminently readable article.


To All My Readers your Mole hopes that you 

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Fare Box Score Box and related Lists of Shame
I.D. Numbers of buses with Out of Order Fare Boxes: xxxx;
Note: No or few entries above do not necessarily mean all fare boxes are in operation.

I.D.Numbers of Distracted Drivers: xxxxx (i);
None included here, but observations of a minor nature may be included in the main posting;
Codes: (i) Extended conversation(s) with passenger(s) or (ii) cell phone call(s). Frequently, details can be found in the text above, (ii*) cell phone call(s) which are aggravated by some other action, (iii) Self-distracted. Codes (ii*) and (iii) will ALWAYS be explained in the posting.

I.D. Numbers of Buses Defaced by WhoIs stickers: xxxx;
~UR or +UR = (+UR) whois sticker and the ugly residue left after passengers partly remove the sticker. (~UR) = Only the ugly residue left after passengers almost completely remove the sticker. +L = an old (legacy) sticker black letters on a plain white background –these are the original form of the defacement.
* Another reason for displaying the operator's ID on the internal display and the headsign.

ID numbers of Buses whose Head and Tailsigns disagree: Not noted xxxx/xxxx;
Format is Bus number followed by Headsign number/Tailsign number.

ID numbers of Buses without Braille signs: xxxx;

METRO drivers Lack of Basic Technical Skills Report
The format is Driver number F[{Y/-n/+n}] C[{Y/N+/-}]. Meaning of F if Y the driver stopped with the Bus stop “flag pole” somewhere between the bus front door frames. A negative number, e.g., -3 is the approximate distance in metres (think yards dear readers) between the nearest bus door vertical frame member and the flag pole signifying that the bus stopped short of the flag. A positive number, e.g., +3 (metres) is the approximate distance between the nearest bus door vertical frame member and the flag pole signifying that the bus stopped past the flag. The value for C[{Y/N}], “Y” tells us that the driver stopped within an easy step from the curb to the bus, “N” means it was NOT an easy step from the curb to the bus. It is this Mole's belief that an average experienced good driver should be able to control his bus so as to position in near the curb and with the flag pole slightly to the front of the bus.
xxxxx F[+4] C[Y];

I.D. numbers of drivers who are unable or unwilling to position their buses parallel to the curb, a short step from the curb and/or equidistant from the vehicles exits.
XXXXX F[+10] C[Y]; F[+7], C[Y]; xxxxx F[Y], C[Y]; xxxxxF[Y], C[Y]; N.B. distances are in metres, think yards.
13 metres is this is MORE than a bus length.  nnnnn* = Contract Driver

I.D. numbers of drivers who are almost guaranteed to give you a Rough and Jerky (R& J) ride: xxxxx;

I.D. numbers of drivers who will give you a potentially life-threatening ride:
 XXXXX(J)date; XXXXX(-);
Codes: S = not wearing seat belts; J = bad judgment (unsafe driving practices).
La Taupe's Abréviations
ADADO = Automatic Destination Announcement (on) Door Opening. This feature is installed on many buses and operates on extremely few. Another“money down the toilet” LACMTA investment. La Taupe that this is intended for the visually impaired because people who can see can read the “head signs”.
ASAS = Automatic Stop Announcement System the GPS (Global Positioning System) driven mechanism for generating audio for the upcoming stops. N.B. Because of the low power (read weak) processors used in the on-board stops may be too close to identify stops separately. This is known as a granularity problem. Then too, if the driver operates the bus at speed above the speed limit you will find the system “back announcing” stops which you have already passed. I find that this will NOT keep some drivers from complaining “that you didn’t signal (ring) in time. They don’t understand their relationship to the system and how, by driving faster than the GPS computer, they can bias it.
BBB = Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus
CHSRA = California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is the equivalent, in more ways than one, of the LACMTA.
CC or CCMBL = Culver City (Municipal) Bus (Lines)
CCTC = Culver City Transportation Center this is the place formerly known as FHMTC = the Fox Hills Mall Transportation Center (Sepulveda& Slauson)
FFE = Full Fare Equivalent (presently $1.50)
GMBL = Gardena Municipal Bus lines
ITC = Inglewood Transit Center
LAWA = Los Angeles World Airports.
LAXCBC = the LAX City Bus Center.
OCTA = Orange County Transportation Authority.
OOS = Out Of Service.
Rapid Transit = does not compete for right of way, that is, it will not run at grade unless it has EXCLUSIVE DEDICATED USE of the right of way).
R& J = Rough and Jerky [ride].
TT= Torrance Transit.
T1= the normal type of driver/staff.
T2= is the non-stop talker type of driver/staff, on the phone or to passengers,
T3= the uncommunicative type of driver/staff, sometimes surly.
WLATC = the West Los Angeles Transportation Center (Fairfax & Apple)

Su Topo’s Disclaimer and apologia
Your Mole always attempts to write an easy-on-the-eyes page using text input. Blogger.com however, has other ideas and will often not stay with a single font type or point size, produces extraneous spacing and etc. I wish I had time to debug the HTML which they produce, it is NOT the straight text which I pasted into the form, but I don’t. Therefore, I apologize on behalf of Blogger.com for the changes which they make, of which I do not approve. Sometimes, what I see, thankfully you don’t, is 24 point type –it is giant and other times they swallow my text, although it still seems to be there. In fairness to them, things seem better, although this is partly because I do understand which of their “features” do the most damage to me and consequently do not use them. Communicating these problems to them, for me, is something like having teeth extracted without the benefit of anesthetic, actually it is less fun than that. By their design, there is no simple e-mailing them with "Please look at my say, posting of 2009-06-28, it is weird!” I have been submitting feedback and experiences slow but positive progress.  Until all issues are resolved, lo siento. [Addendum 2014-07-31]: Things have been much better lately.  There is a more responsive feedback system now.  If things keep this way, I may have to delete this "Disclaimer and apologia" section in the near future.  Almost immediately after writing the preceding, the system "returned an error" on a save.

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Works Cited

Nelson, Laura J. "Metro picks Skanska venture to build first phase of Westside subway". Los Angeles Times. Jul. 24, 2014. Web. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lax-flyaway-bus-service-santa-monica-20140714-story.html

Panzar, Javier."'Century Crunch' underway outside LAX". Los Angeles Times. Jul. 20, 2014. Web.  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-century-crunch-underway-at-lax-20140726-story.html

Pereira, Ivan. “City's transit costs most affordable in the nation: Study”.

Nelson, Laura J. "San Fernando Valley light-rail line is back on the table".  Los Angeles Times. Jul. 11, 2014. Web. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-valley-rail-20140712-story.html

Staff, Reporter. "Teen sticks head out of moving party bus, is killed by highway overpass". New York Post. Sep. 1, 2012:  Web.  http://nypost.com/2012/09/01/teen-sticks-head-out-of-moving-party-bus-is-killed-by-highway-overpass/

University of Maryland. "Fascinating rhythm: Light pulses illuminate a rare black hole." ScienceDaily.  Aug. 17, 2014. Web. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140817220054.htm

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2014-07-31

 
Vae Viator53


When politicians involve themselves in technical matters, expect failures.

The photograph below documents the situation at the Maxella AV and Lincoln BL stop on the BBB number 3 Line. It is the sort of “work” one would expect from the LACMTA. They taped or caused to be taped shut the aperture in the plastic pipes associated with power poles. These pipes were used as improvised trash cans. BBB N.B. The stop still needs a trash can!
Su Topo will include this comment in every post with the above until BBB
corrects the problem. For quite awhile BBB has been charging for intra-line transfers, reversing the long standing policy of free transfers to other BBB lines. 

Too, BBB has spent lots of money to build a big headquarters on Colorado BL just east of 4th Street. Mr. King, just a few dollars for a trash can, you might need a few more to cover other bus stops too, will erase this section. After all, it is Marina Del Rey! :-)



BBB Maxella Trash Fix???♪

White Line Incursion Series
Su Topo uses video to highlight the problem of scofflaw drivers endangering Metro bus passengers yet, no authority seems to want to take ownership of the problem. The issue is not unique to the particular site which this Mole documents, but is illustrative of a general problem. Your Mole encourages you to report similar problems to the appropriate agencies in your area(s) and hope that you will have better luck than he. In the youtube.com videos linked below one can see exactly what happens when the policing agencies fail to enforce traffic laws.

The videos linked below document the important fact that a never ending stream of vehicles fail to use the lane as required by law.
Neither are the policing agencies active when it comes to protecting us by bringing these obvious and frequent traffic law violations to an immediate halt. The LACMTA is derelict as well, in that they fail to use the near hourly proof of the violations captured by the on board cameras, mentioned here, and discussed at length in the posting of 2012-05-31.

In the following videos we see further instances of scofflaw drivers, some in convoy, cutting in front of Metro 111/311 buses.
Please see the www.youtube.com video of a Hertz Rent-a-Car shuttle bus cutting off a 111 Line bus, here.  
Please carefully note that the pedestrians can be pinned to the curb by the vehicles that cut in front of the bus —as a result these pedestrians are illegally denied the right-of-way. Which right-of-way would be unchallengeably theirs IF, and only IF, Mr. Leahy would have one of his staff explain su Topo’s  simple solution (vide infra) to him. 

In spite of the potential for these violations to occur several times per HOUR, I have never seen a police presence at this location. One would think that with a bus schedule taped to the dashboard one of the several policing agencies would have made some arrests by now. Unless they have "more important" work, than protecting bus passengers, to do.

La Taupe feels that it is appropriate to dedicate these video(s) to ALL the agencies that should be protecting us. So, they are dedicated to (1): Airport (LAWA) Police, the L.A.P.D., the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department and Mr. A. Leahy who is CEO of the LACMTA.

Su  Topo has recommended a simple solution to the problem. That is, have the 111 Line buses pull up to pedestrian crosswalk then stop and discharge passengers. Doing so eliminates the space in front of the bus which the always-in-a-hurry scofflaws use to cut in front of the bus. But, with the LACMTA nothing is simple. Although the solution could be implemented with nothing more than a memo to the 111/311 Line drivers, it is a task for which the LACMTA is inadequate.

OVER MATCHED 

                                                                                          











































Your Mole carefully  considered the LAX transportation “plans” implemented by the LACMTA —a 3 or 4 seat ride to the airport which requires not inconsiderable walking and baggage transfers— and LAWA’s plan —a single seat FlyAway ride directly to/from your departure/arrival terminal.

Given these choices, the majority of travelers will opt for the single seat ride directly to/from their hotel with their luggage riding below them in the bus.  

Poor Art Leahy, painted into a corner by the LACMTA’s intellectual poverty which has resulted in a Toonerville-Trolley-like, frill-less, un-integrated, light rail lines to be built in the second largest city in America.  Subways and light rail lines, on which the LACMTA is now spending TONS of money to force an interconnect by using an expensive adhesive bandage AKA "The Downtown Connector". 

FlyAway is getting a great deal of press with new lines running from Santa Monica to LAX.  LAWA’s approach will be the winner UNTIL the LACMTA can provide travelers with a single-seat, preferably via rapid-transit, ride to LAX.

The botched attempt at mass transit for Los Angeles cannot easily fixed, not by a “Downtown Connector” nor by some magical “people mover” which is, after all, a 1960s concept abondoned by Disneyland in 1995.  Nothing illustrates the LACMTA’s poverty of intellect so vividly as the its attempts to warm-over such ill-suited, antiquated concepts as “people mover”.  Or attempting to cover over an ill-conceive rail network by naming the proposed fix a “connector”.

The Mole reads the papers and other things, obviating the necessity of your doing so.

The LACMTA is planning (14-2365JP) August meetings to discuss proposals for changing the line 90/91 (Downtown – Sylmar via Glendale) Lines and the 534 (Malibu – Washington/Fairfax) Line.  

Here is their proposed change for the 534 Line: “Modify schedule to discontinue service between Downtown Santa Monica to the Washington/Fairfax Transit Hub when Phase II of the Expo Line opens [ ].”

Su Topo is familiar with the concept of modal change and there is an expected cost saving by not paralleling the routes of the 534 Line and the Expo Line.

What this Mole questions and has done so before is: why the 720 Line must parallel the Purple Line segment between, say, the Pershing Square or the Civic Center Red Line Stations?  Logically, as the LACMTA has finally identified with the 534 Line case, the 720 should run as 720A between East Los Angeles and either Civic Center or Pershing Square – Then pickup as the 720B Line between Wilshire/Western and Santa Monica.  The overall trip could end up a time neutral or perhaps slightly shorter in time.  Implementing 720A/720B Lines should make some 720 Line buses surplus which buses could then be deployed to the 704 Lines, hopefully resulting in improved service on the now poorly serviced 704 Line. 

AMny covers (Chayes) Mayor Blasio’s plan to reduce pedestrian deaths in New York City.  “Most pedestrians cross at 4 or 5 feet per second [Mole: —it is New York City, after all— vide infra], but the city assumes a slower rate —3 feet per second— to accommodate children and the elderly.”  Additionally, as part of Mayor Blasio’s “Vision Zero”, “The city’s default speed limit will be lowered to 25 mph from 30 mph as early as mid-October.“  Please read this excellent article so that you can learn the way they do it in “The Big Apple”.

They will be implementing traffic systems that would be truly inconceivable to the LACMTA.  New York City has 20 camera installed, and will be installing an additional 120 cameras which will identify speeders in school zones.

The Times reports (Nelson), that the LACMTA has found a new way to waste money! —sorry, that is your Mole’s reading.  First build the “Orange Line”, (it’s a Bus folks). Then pay for firming up a roadbed that was neither specified nor built properly for the requirements.  Then replace the “Orange Line”, (it’s a Bus folks) with a Toonerville Trolley light rail line, it’s NOT rapid Transit folks.

Governor Brown’s repeal of the Robbins bill: “reverses a 1991 law that banned above-ground rail through North Hollywood and Van Nuys.” The total cost of this mess will likely be more than it would have been required to build a subway across the valley in the first place.  Tunneling under the old railroad right-of-way would be a lot simpler than tunneling under, say, Beverly Hill High School.  An underground system could be built fairly quickly by using a trenching method while the “Orange Line”, (it’s a Bus folks), could run on the street during construction.  Or an elevated line might be built —using precast supporting members— it might go along at a city block a week—and  would be less costly than a subway, if that is permitted. 

If the LACMTA were a transparent organization, we could access all the related costs: Orange Line planning and construction, fixing the roadbed and building the Toonerville link, add them up; then we would know how many tax dollars were wasted so far.

Then, too, if the Blue Line were rapid transit one could travel from downtown Los Angeles to Lon Beach in 20 minutes or so.  Interesting that I just listened to a County Supervisor who is being termed-out bragging about his role in creating the “Orange Line”, (it’s a Bus folks).  There is always enough time to do it over, but never enough time to do it correctly in the first place. [This Mole's suggection for a motto for tha LACMTA's build-out group.]

The Times covers (Nelson2) a story about an audit of Metro policing, specifically, how the Sheriff’s Department staff fulfill their obligations under the LACMTA contract.  Conversely, we can see an outside evaluation of the LACMTA’s management skills.  Quoting the article: “The audit faulted Metro for weak oversight of of the contract” —surprise!— “but also noted some improvement in recent months including more fare checks and citations.”

It is difficult for la Taupe to square “more fare checks” with a statement earlier in the piece: “Among other things, a mobile phone app deputies used to check fares was found to be ineffective.”  If the app “was found to be ineffective”, how were they able to do more checks?  With the LACMTA there are always more questions than answers.

Isn’t it time to have a complete management change preceded by an organisational shake-up.  Professionalise the organisation after dividing it into “Mass Transit” and “Freeways”.

As a first step, ALL PROJECTS should be frozen in place until they can be reevaluated as to their return on investment AND to deterime if any of the Toonerville trolleys can be converted to rapd transit.  

Ms Nelson does a great job of covering transportation for the Los Angeles Times, including the politicians and the politically-oriented scurrying around trying to do something, anything, then trying to convince the public that it was the “right” thing.  It is my hope that one day her editors will let her write a long-form investigative piece on the LACMTA.  Her writing would surely win a Pulitzer Prize!

As if to reinforce my opinion, the Los Angeles Times details (Nelson4) another of the LACMTA’s issue with return to the spotlight, i.e., a poor ability to amass statistical data.  

This time it’s, Oops, a gap between “ridership” and fares collected.  Part of the problem is the LACMTA inability to see that easy, no-barrier access to the “system” makes it impossible to “estimate” ridership.  Why not just count people past a point that clearly identifies them as riders?  Then the head count, less paid fares equals “free riders”.

But enough of higher mathematics,  the LACMTA, because of its inexplicable delays in installing access-control, which installation still is not complete, created a culture of hop-on and ride.  Nelson4: "However, half of the system's 80 stations remain un-gated."  Regarding the retrofitting of access control systems to existing stations, according to Ms Nelson: "A recent analysis estimated the cost of adding the barriers to the Westside Expo Line and the Eastside and Pasadena Gold Line could exceed $500,000 [emphasis added] per station.  That some of this capacity was built without access control, well after the initial installation of gating at other stations must be categorized as the "mistakes of the past" quoted in the piece.  

So, are these faux pas due to the lack of organisational memory, or simply a matter of incorrigible ignorance?

 Also, Ms  Nelson’s story [cited earlier] about the difficulties of the Sherriff’s Deputies in finding fare cheats, points back to the LACMTA’s attitude of 'we’ll come back and fix it later', which this Mole would term sloppy design and construction and covered on your Mole's suggestion for yet another LACMTA motto (vide supra).

Please read all of the fine newspaper reports which I touched upon above.  The citations for each are included at the end of each post.

This mole imagines an LACMTA meeting related to LAX transportation that ends with a chant in unison: “We’ll get it right this time! No matter how much it costs!”

The LACMTA  (Subordinate to LAWA)

Presents

Every Which Way But Right!

OR

Four Seats to LAX!

OR

The LACMTA Tries Again; Asymptotically to LAX!

OR

The World’s Most Inconvenient Way in Which to Travel From City Center to an Airport!

The Times also supplies more details (Nelson3) on the LACMTA’s attempt to provide transportation to LAX.  In the piece our mayor is quoted as saying: “This is a [sic] historic day for our city because we’re finally on the way to bringing rail to LAX.” 

After completing a rather long bout of laughter, su Topo thought about adding the following after LAX, [kind of], but thought better of it.

The portion on the jump page was headed: “Train may [emphasis added] link to planes”.  A careful reading of reporter Nelson’s work will show that she understands exactly what is wrong with the LACMTA’s (is there another way to say lame? —it appears not) lame multi-seat plan for LAX riders.

“Travelers, urban planners and politicians have long bemoaned L.A.’s lack of a direct connection to the nation’s third busiest airport —a service available in many large cities.” writes Ms Nelson.  “Brava” says your Mole and continues, “the bemoaning is bound to go on FOREVER when possible users find out exactly what will be required of them to use the Toonerville lines.”

In other words, most will end up on FlyAway.  This segues into my suggestion to Ms Nelson’s editors for a long-form piece for her.  The piece should, among other things, investigate: Why LAWA is in the bus business; the possibility that the LACMTA is in  breech of fiduciary responsibility by NOT providing one-seat LAX transportation and likely other acts as well; How LAWA is indirectly, through the LACMTA,  picking the taxpayers pockets [remember Measure R?] and depriving citizens of transportation (one example: express/semi-express bus service to LAX for regular fare], by outwitting the ineffectual LACMTA.

«  Les idées ne suffisent pas, il faut le miracle. »

André Derain (1880-06-10~1954-09-02)


[The ideas are not enough, we need a miracle.]
Merci bien à http://evene.lefigaro.fr/

Ars longa vita breva

Here is a link to  (La nièce du peintre assise.), a 1930 painting by André Derain.
You can follow the museum’s catalog by clicking on the back and forward symbols shown in at the above referenced site.

¿Musica?
How about something from the 1930s, which is the time of Derain’s painting above.

Here is “Parlez-Moi D’amour” by Licienne Boyer (1901-08-18~1983-12-06) 

Merci beaucoup!, Thank you! to our good friends at www.grooveshark.com for always providing the appropriate music for us.



The Mole rides again, so you will  neither have wait and wait for a 704 Line bus which seems never to arrive nor watch 4 Line buses pass you by.
(All times are expressed in the 24 hour system.)


Promises Promises♪

2014-07-10 late morning: I stand and wait and wait for a bus on Santa Monica BL – stand because there is no bus bench.  The photo above shows the now ancient promise of 704 Line intervals.  Of course an hour standing and waiting in the hot sun seems much longer.  The LACMTA could move the stop to the one used by BBB, just east of this stop and across Barrington AV, but that would be too much like customer service, wouldn’t it? Oh there is a nice comfortable bench there J, you can see the sun-baked area in this Google  Street View picture here

2014-07-18 LAXCBC @ 10:00: Bus number 8306 won’t start.  It tries, and with a sigh of air pressure being released and gives up.  So we wait for the next bus.

Line 4 Approached My Stop♪

2014-07-24 @ 12:15 at the Veteran Ave and Santa Monica BL bus stop: I could tell that although I had waved several times, signaling my interest, that, since the bus had moved left and was not in a position to pick me up, that he was intent on bypassing me.  You can see his position in the photo above, the bus is positioned too many lanes away from the stop to make it under any reasonable expectation.

Here is a Google Street View link to the area.  The bus stop is on the right, just past the fast food restaurant and behind the auto which is leaving the restaurant’s drive through window. 



Line 4 Skipped My Stop♪

2014-07-24 @ 12:15 at the Veteran Ave and Santa Monica BL bus stop: Pictured above, one can see bus number 5625 sped right by me.  This has happened to me on several other occasions, because bus operators think that getting to the end of the line and starting a break is more important than picking up passengers.  If this has happened to you or if you have other issues for the LACMTA management to deal with here is a link to the customer comments page

 The Walk Light is ALWAYS against you

2014-07-25 @ 14:00 El Segundo:  Sometimes the walk light is always against you!   Please see this document linke below, which will provide information about proper timing for walk lights at signalized intersections, such as the one at Sepulveda and Rosecrans; which location is the BAD example, as far as su Topo is concerned.    

This document indicates that walk signals should be timed at an adult crossing speed of 3.5 feet per second.  In the case of the aforementioned intersection, assuming six, twelve foot lanes plus a 3.5 foot median, the crossing time allowance should be 21 seconds.  In reality, as soon as one steps off the curb to start crossing, the walk light starts flashing; drivers take the flashing as an invitation to try and beat you to a point in the road so that they can make their turn!




What? No Map??♪

2014-07-26 @ LAXCBC:  As one can see in the photo above, there are lots of words about the Century Bl/Aviation intersection closure, between July 25~July 28, but there is no map to show the route of the detoured Line 117!

Your LACMTA at work, but as usual, ineffectively!  




2014-07-27: I developed a better sample on the photo of an iPhone display (vide supra) demonstrating exactly  how the LACMTA should be producing their PDF schedules.  The effective date should be on the HEADER PAGE of the file so that that date appears on the title page of the file.  The first item (078-079-378-2) shown on my iBooks list doesn't have a date so you can see how easy is it to determine whether one has the correct schedules installed on his smart-phone.  Of course, I supplied the dates here; I've made this suggestion before but apparently it was too technical for the LACMTA.  It would make post-shakeup schedule downloading much easier for those who are organized in the same way that i am.


Ear (and Eye) to the Rail


Let’s listen to some bus related music.  How about Chuck Berry’s Nadine?





Transit as unseen and unimagined by the LACMTA

The purpose of this section is to make people aware that the LACMTA is not home to many problem solvers.  I hope to accomplish this end by presenting the solutions adopted by other cities, some in foreign countries, in solving the city to airport rapid mass transportation challenge.

Cautionary Note: Those employed by the LACMTA or LAWA should NOT view the following video(s). The speed of the train(s), the fact that they neither share the right of way nor stop at stop lights, because they are truly rapid transit, will likely make you dizzy, nauseous, confuse and frighten you.

Taipei Taiwan, ranked 35th largest city in the world, has a population of 8,338,000 and is 55% the size of Los Angele, which is ranked 17th in the world and has a population of 14,900,000 —but, take a look at the nice rapid transit connection the Taiwanese have built to their airport.

The video is linked here

Kind of makes you hang your head in shame, doesn’t it? Mr. Leahy??

Thank you youtube.com for the video!  Also, Shay-shay to wenjinweb, who uploaded the video.


Cosmology

Cosmology?  Well, perhaps this is more "home galaxy" related as it involves the internal dynamics of our sun. The main dynamic of which is fusion, and promises us unlimited clean energy.  Here on earth a fusion project is called ITER, whose website is here.

You can read all about fusion energy in an excellent, richly detailed New Yorker article

It is a long, well written and easy-to-understand piece;  la Taupe cannot be too complementary about the article.

Then, after reading it, if you want to play fusion engineer, you can install an “app” on your iPhone or Android device.  Follow this link for details.

Also you might want review the excellent illustrated materials found here.

Fare Box Score Box and related Lists of Shame
I.D. Numbers of buses with Out of Order Fare Boxes: xxxx;
Note: No or few entries above do not necessarily mean all fare boxes are in operation.

I.D.Numbers of Distracted Drivers: xxxxx (i);
None included here, but observations of a minor nature may be included in the main posting;
Codes: (i) Extended conversation(s) with passenger(s) or (ii) cell phone call(s). Frequently, details can be found in the text above, (ii*) cell phone call(s) which are aggravated by some other action, (iii) Self-distracted. Codes (ii*) and (iii) will ALWAYS be explained in the posting.

I.D. Numbers of Buses Defaced by WhoIs stickers: xxxx;
~UR or +UR = (+UR) whois sticker and the ugly residue left after passengers partly remove the sticker. (~UR) = Only the ugly residue left after passengers almost completely remove the sticker. +L = an old (legacy) sticker black letters on a plain white background –these are the original form of the defacement.
* Another reason for displaying the operator's ID on the internal display and the headsign.

ID numbers of Buses whose Head and Tailsigns disagree: Not noted xxxx/xxxx;
Format is Bus number followed by Headsign number/Tailsign number.

ID numbers of Buses without Braille signs: xxxx;

METRO drivers Lack of Basic Technical Skills Report
The format is Driver number F[{Y/-n/+n}] C[{Y/N+/-}]. Meaning of F if Y the driver stopped with the Bus stop “flag pole” somewhere between the bus front door frames. A negative number, e.g., -3 is the approximate distance in metres (think yards dear readers) between the nearest bus door vertical frame member and the flag pole signifying that the bus stopped short of the flag. A positive number, e.g., +3 (metres) is the approximate distance between the nearest bus door vertical frame member and the flag pole signifying that the bus stopped past the flag. The value for C[{Y/N}], “Y” tells us that the driver stopped within an easy step from the curb to the bus, “N” means it was NOT an easy step from the curb to the bus. It is this Mole's belief that an average experienced good driver should be able to control his bus so as to position in near the curb and with the flag pole slightly to the front of the bus.
xxxxx F[+4] C[Y];

I.D. numbers of drivers who are unable or unwilling to position their buses parallel to the curb, a short step from the curb and/or equidistant from the vehicles exits.
XXXXX F[+10] C[Y]; F[+7], C[Y]; xxxxx F[Y], C[Y]; xxxxxF[Y], C[Y]; N.B. distances are in metres, think yards.
13 metres is this is MORE than a bus length.  nnnnn* = Contract Driver

I.D. numbers of drivers who are almost guaranteed to give you a Rough and Jerky (R& J) ride: xxxxx;

I.D. numbers of drivers who will give you a potentially life-threatening ride: XXXXX(J)date; XXXXX(-);
Codes: S = not wearing seat belts; J = bad judgment (unsafe driving practices).
La Taupe's Abréviations
ADADO = Automatic Destination Announcement (on) Door Opening. This feature is installed on many buses and operates on extremely few. Another“money down the toilet” LACMTA investment. La Taupe that this is intended for the visually impaired because people who can see can read the “head signs”.
ASAS = Automatic Stop Announcement System the GPS (Global Positioning System) driven mechanism for generating audio for the upcoming stops. N.B. Because of the low power (read weak) processors used in the on-board stops may be too close to identify stops separately. This is known as a granularity problem. Then too, if the driver operates the bus at speed above the speed limit you will find the system “back announcing” stops which you have already passed. I find that this will NOT keep some drivers from complaining “that you didn’t signal (ring) in time. They don’t understand their relationship to the system and how, by driving faster than the GPS computer, they can bias it.
BBB = Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus
CHSRA = California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is the equivalent, in more ways than one, of the LACMTA.
CC or CCMBL = Culver City (Municipal) Bus (Lines)
CCTC = Culver City Transportation Center this is the place formerly known as FHMTC = the Fox Hills Mall Transportation Center (Sepulveda& Slauson)
FFE = Full Fare Equivalent (presently $1.50)
GMBL = Gardena Municipal Bus lines
ITC = Inglewood Transit Center
LAWA = Los Angeles World Airports.
LAXCBC = the LAX City Bus Center.
OCTA = Orange County Transportation Authority.
OOS = Out Of Service.
Rapid Transit = does not compete for right of way, that is, it will not run at grade unless it has EXCLUSIVE DEDICATED USE of the right of way).
R& J = Rough and Jerky [ride].
TT= Torrance Transit.
T1= the normal type of driver/staff.
T2= is the non-stop talker type of driver/staff, on the phone or to passengers,
T3= the uncommunicative type of driver/staff, sometimes surly.
WLATC = the West Los Angeles Transportation Center (Fairfax & Apple)

Su Topo’s Disclaimer and apologia
Your Mole always attempts to write an easy-on-the-eyes page using text input. Blogger.com however, has other ideas and will often not stay with a single font type or point size, produces extraneous spacing and etc. I wish I had time to debug the HTML which they produce, it is NOT the straight text which I pasted into the form, but I don’t. Therefore, I apologize on behalf of Blogger.com for the changes which they make, of which I do not approve. Sometimes, what I see, thankfully you don’t, is 24 point type –it is giant and other times they swallow my text, although it still seems to be there. In fairness to them, things seem better, although this is partly because I do understand which of their “features” do the most damage to me and consequently do not use them. Communicating these problems to them, for me, is something like having teeth extracted without the benefit of anesthetic, actually it is less fun than that. By their design, there is no simple e-mailing them with "Please look at my say, posting of 2009-06-28, it is weird!” I have been submitting feedback and experiences slow but positive progress.  Until all issues are resolved, lo siento[Addendum 2014-07-31]: Things have been much better lately.  There is a more responsive feedback system now.  If things keep this way, I may have to delete this "Disclaimer and apologia" section in the near future.  Almost immediately after writing the preceding, the system "returned an error" on a save.

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Works Cited

14-2365JP, Brochure. “Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Metro Bus Service”. LACMTA. ©2014. Print.

Chayes, Mathew. “How city’s implementing plan to cut traffic deaths”.
”. Amny. Jul. 21, 2014. Web. http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=4af0aa34-706c-410d-a9ff-f93a3c23b1c7

Mai-Duc, Christine. "LAX FlyAway bus service to and from Santa Monica starts this week". Los Angeles Times. Jul. 14, 2014. Web. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lax-flyaway-bus-service-santa-monica-20140714-story.html

Nelson, Laura J. "San Fernando Valley light-rail line is back on the table".  Los Angeles Times. Jul. 11, 2014. Web. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-valley-rail-20140712-story.html

Nelson2, Laura J. "Metro police goals aren’t being met".  Los Angeles Times. Jul. 24, 2014:AA1. Print.

Nelson3, Laura J. "Fixing a missing link".  Los Angeles Times. Jun. 27, 2014:AA1. Print.

Nelson4, Laura J. "A Fare Question".  Los Angeles Times. Jul. 28, 2014:A1. Print.
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