The Vermont AV Station on the Green Line once had something planted here. Now the planter has become an “informal” litter container. The day on which your Mole planned this photo, a Metro “worker” was making a half-hearted attempted to pick up litter, well it seemed to me only litter of a square foot in size qualified. The photo above shows only approximately one fifth (1/5th) of the planter's actual size. People, and one can't necessarily blame the LACMTA for their actions, stuff their litter in the planter probably thinking that it is better than tossing it in the street. What is blamable on the LACMTA is their failure to: (1) seal up the planter once it was taken out of use; (2) provide adequate trash cans in a very busy area; and (3) performing much below standard clean up as evidence of effort expended by the “worker” described above.
This planter is nearby where Gardena Municipal Bus Lines stop signs could be seen, that is, if Gardena Municipal Bus Lines put up bus stop signs. Or perhaps, this is more of the work of the Stops and Signs Group not wanting to share their bus stop poles with Gardena.
The West L.A. Transportation Center is notorious for three reasons: (1) it is dirty, (2) it is dark and (3) it has the lowest ratio of seating to passengers of any place that I can name. Shown above is what happens when trash cans overflow and no one empties them. Above, for your viewing pleasure is an overflowing trash can. This might be another venue at which I can take a farewell photograph of Snoble. The occasion might be his leaving the LACMTA, meaning that Speaker Nuñez was successful (Vide infra).
Anyway, Thanks (I guess) should go out to the Stops & Signs Group. Which group must be the most experienced at the LACMTA, because they must do everything 5 or 6 times before they get it any where near right. I believe that there motto is, or should be, “We approach success asymptotically”. Definitely Thanks! to them for providing a rich source of material for the Mole to write about :-) .
What should they have done? First, identify each panel of both of the kiosks. West-1, West-2, West-3, East-1, East-2 and East-3. Then, at Bay 3, the Torrance Transit number 8 stop, affix a small permanent sign which says see schedule posted in the West-x kiosk. At Bay 3, the BCT number 8 stop, affix another small permanent sign which says see schedule posted in the East-x kiosk. And of course, add the notation “Board bus at Bay 6” to the BCT schedule. That was easy!
Ample proof that the LACMTA is a reactive organisation is shown above. A reactive organisation waits until something happens then reacts. A proactive organisation is continually in a self-monitoring mode and makes provision for feedback from its various processes. It takes action in advance where possible or in a timely manner otherwise.
How would a proactive organization deal with say, the planter cum trash bin situation detailed above. It would cover the planter with plywood, paint it a neutral colour and bolt the grille work to it. To see how the LACMTA, a worst-case reactive organisation handles things, review any of the photos in this post.
The Mole reads the papers (and other things) so you don't have to
In VIENNA, Austria(2) officials hope to limit cell phone use on public transit. Such programs are already in use in France, Germany, Denmark and Finland.
According to the Times(5) Snoble's performance has been placed directly in the spotlight by Assembly speaker I understand Nuñez. I understand that the main complaint is that Snoble was not able to obtain enough funding “... for projects aimed at improving the flow of goods through ports and along highways and rail lines.”
The way things are currently organized the competition for funds must be resolved by one man. Monies spent for freeway projects, my favorite is free towing for motorists –I wonder how many Metro passenger fares it take to provide a single tow? --are not available for mass transit. While monies wasted on foolish projects, think Expo line, are not available to add an off-ramp or three.
Say something, say anything. Zev Yaroslavsky, according to the Los Angeles Times(6), in discussing building more high rises, “says density is not the answer”. The father of the Orange
Ear to the Rail
He also talks about basis points –to understand a basis point , let's let $100 represent 100%, then $1 is equal to 1%. One dollar is 100 cents, each penny can be thought of as a basis point. Of course a basis point is NOT money, it is a fraction of one percent, specifically, one one hundredth of a percent. A basis point can be expressed in the form of a decimal fraction as .0001. One percent as a decimal fraction is .01, multiply .01 by .001 and the product is .0001. Ten basis point is one tenth of a percent (.001), twenty five basis point is one fourth of a percent (.0025) etc. Now when they say that the Fed (Federal Reserve Board) has reduced interest by fifty basis point we can know that they mean one half of one percent (.005). We only need the decimal fraction when a computation must be performed. As an example, if su Topo were to loan you $10 overnight (good luck on that) and charge you 75 basis points interest, he would be charging you 10 times .0075 or 7.5 cents (.075). See also, http://glossary.reuters.com/index.php/Basis_points
When galaxies collide, see:
You will have to copy the above link and paste it into your browser's URL space. The URL which I have posted but this appears to be another BlogSpot bug. There is no direct reporting to them and I don't have time to search for a fix. Better still view the ...ap080417... page then change the 17 to 20 and voila!
Our own Milky Way galaxy will one day, in several billion years, unite with Andromeda. Follow this link for more detail – http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/galaxy_collides_020507-1.html
Finally, bus number 7101 arrives and it is PACKED. SRO!! This validates my thinking that either some buses were skipped today or were never scheduled in the first place –there is no 704 schedule in the rack so I couldn't check. I smile thinking this is how they get around my “moving fewer people faster in mostly empty buses” comment about Rapid service, just run fewer buses.
Seated across from me, a guy peddles his hard luck story to a young woman who listens politely. He just told the driver that he only had a quarter and got a ride. Sad story –he just spent his last quarter. He traveled from Seattle to Mexico, then reached L.A. about the time his money ran out. The young lady resisted urge to hand over money through the ride. He got off at Santa Monica Bl and asked the driver for an inter-agency transfer so that he could ride to Santa Monica. I don’t think that he got one.
Driver number 73332 is a large woman. She, like other drivers whom your Mole has seen, believes that wearing her seat belt –making the assumption that she could wear it— is optional. She is using her hands free cell phone. This leaves her hands free to gesticulate, both of them at times leave the steering wheel for periods longer than I like. And she is a non-stop talker. “ ... Destiny was told not to wash the dishes ...”, “ ... Jay didn't cut the grass ... “ and on and on. When bus drivers carry on lengthy, obviously personal, high-volume cell phone conversations, as Jack McCoy would say, “... there is no expectation of privacy ...”.
Fare Box Score Box
Out of Order Fare Boxes .......0??
Your Mole thinks that they don't put buses with out of order fare boxes on lines that he rides?? Because, the problem has gone on for YEARS and it is impossible for them to fix it in a month, if ever.
*Includes several trips on the Big Blue Bus and Culver City MBL.
(1) MICKLEBURGH, ROD “Vancouver transit riders tasered for not paying fares” Globe and Mail (Toronto)16 Apr 2008:na
(2) KOLE, WILLIAM J. “Crackdown on cell phones on public transit ignites debate” Associated Press 17 Apr 2008:na
(3)Velasquez, Phil (AP photographer) “Late For Work” Los Angeles Times 16 Apr 2008:A10
(4) Photo-na, Caption-na “A Big Day” Los Angeles Times 14 Apr 2008:B3
(5) McGreevy, Patrick, Steve “Nuñez wants MTA chief ousted” Los Angeles Times 11 Apr 2008:B3
(6) Haefele, Mark B. “The underdeveloper” Los Angeles Times 6 Apr 2008:M1
(7) Walker, Gary “Advocates of light rail extension to LAX push to get Green Line back on track” Argonaut 10 Apr 2008:7
(8) na “Students and staff to ride free on Big Blue Bus “Any Line, Any Time” Argonaut 17 Apr. 2008:25
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