Vae Viator43

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 but, in this case performed by BBB.  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.  And lots 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 BBB 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 hopes 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 that and this is important 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 their on-board bus cameras, mentioned here and discussed at length in the posting of 2012-05-31. 

In the following video we see that the cameraperson didn't have much time but still obtained a recognisable video of yet another scofflaw driver cutting I front of a Meto bus. Please see the www.youtube.com video here.   

Then, hoping to makeup for the poor video quality this month, a videographer delivered this take, which covers a Hertz LAX shuttle bus cutting in front of a moving 111 Line bus!  The driver of the Hertz bus, a licensed Class B operator, should know better.  His reckless driving endangers both his passengers and Metro's too, as well as people who might be in the crosswalk.   But he doesn't care, neither do the policing agencies nor Mr. Arthur T. Leahy, who has been given the solution to the problem by su Topo. 

Which solution, I repeat it below, is to have the bus stop just behind the crosswalk hatching thereby eliminating the space in front of the bus.  This solution demands nothing of the policing agencies or of Mr. Leahy either, they can continue doing just what they are doing now, i.e., nothing!  See this good quality video here.

In spite of the potential for these violations to occur several times per HOUR, I have yet to see a police presence at this location.  One would think that with a bus schedule taped to the dashboard of a sector car, one of the several policing agencies would have made some arrests by now.  Unless they have "more important" work to do, than protecting bus passengers.  

La Taupe feels that it is appropriate to dedicate each video to ALL the agencies who 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.

La Taupe 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 this eliminate the space in front of the bus which the always-in-a-hurry scofflaws use to cut in front of the Metro.  *But with the LACMTA nothing is simple.  Although the solution could be implemented with nothing more than a memo to the 111 Line drivers, it is a task for which the LACMTA is inadequate.

Thank you , www.youtube.com for being the repository of videos which add  "thousands of words" to my writing.
 The Mole reads the papers and other things, obviating the necessity of your doing so.

The Los Angeles Times reinforces the idea that texting and driving is a fatal idea(Lacher).  Ms Lacher interviews Warner Herzog whose powerful documentary, "From One Second to the Next", made an indelible impression on su Topo.  If you haven't seen it you can find the link at the end of last month's post and here too.  I wanted to link the excellent Lacher interview, but, using the Times site search mechanism, I couldn't find it, neither searching by headline nor reporter yielded s result.  I will be available in the Times at most libraries, consult "Works Cited" below.

A Times piece (Weikel) covers a transportation project which is a rarity; one which finished on-time and under budget!  Perhaps that is because it involves Caltrans.  The project replaced a grade level crossing of two sets of tracks with a "flyover", essentially a bridge.  
The Times covers (Nelson) another part of the LACMTA's fragmented, incomplete, poorly conceived transportation "plan", viz., the Broadway streetcar.   In short, the funding for the "plan" is about $200,000,000 (million), er, short.   Ms Nelson covers one of the LACMTA's current fiascos and indirectly quotes advocates of the streetcar as describing it as "... the missing link for downtown's growing car-free culture".   This Mole could supply anther appellation for this money wasting idea but declines to do so.

Ms Nelson also reported on (Nelson J) the crash of a Foothill Transit Silver Streak bus on the 10 Freeway for the Times.  The contract driver of the  bus, Ms Castillo, was employed by First transit.  "Seven people, including Castillo, were treated for minor injuries.  One passenger sustained more serious cuts ...".

The Metro Insider has two paragraphs(Metro Insider) about the new LA Metro Transit Watch app.  In short if you are looking for on-board policing, look to your smart phone and pray that they arrive quickly.  Using the "app" one can "... report suspicious activity , incidents that require law enforcement's  presence and [otiosely and redundantly] incidents that may occur onboard Metro buses and trains."

Your Mole is in a highly technical business.  So when he reads about the application of technology to everyday matters his interest is piqued.   The Los Angeles Times reports (Chang) that Kroger Corporation, whose local instantiation is Ralphs,  is using QueVision's technology to improve the checkout staffing levels and speed customers out the door.

One may also see an in-store explanation provided by the manufacturer —in the UK— here.   N.B. (queue and que are used synonymously herein to mean "to line up for service").

While the CHSRA gets further behind while attempting to implement 1960s technology, the Japanese are already at work planning their mag-lev trains.

Here is the answer, in New York City at least, to the problem of sleeping on public transportation and missing your stop.

AM New York ©, September 25, 2013♪

AM New York reports (Rivoli) on cell phone applications available to MTA passengers in the "Big Apple".  It much easier to travel around Manhattan and the other boroughs which have a true transit, system, much of it rapid, then it is to navigate the hodgepodge with which we are encumbered.  You can find the amNEWYORK article by clicking here, then go to page 4 of the September 25th issue OR use the link in "Works Cited" below..  You can install the amNEWYORK free "app" on your cell phone as your Mole has done.  amNEWYORK is a great newspaper which is very readable on the small screen and even better on your computer.

Thank you both, amNEWYORK and Mr. Rivoli!  Oh, I normally would not use a publication's art work, in this case, a front page, but, I wanted you to see how clearly it appears on my phone :-). 

The Los Angeles Times covers (Nelson «) the LACMTA's attempts to reduce suicides on the Blue Line.  The piece documents that "[s]ince 1990, nearly 120 people have died along the line — 31 by suicide — more than all other lines combined.  Please read the article here as it is very detailed. 

La Taupe is less than enthusiastic about some of the rationalisations of the LACMTA which I read.  When I was in Japan, in some cases JR East, the organisation responsible for rail transportation in Tokyo and surrounding areas, would force trains to move along station platforms at a crawl.  Then too, one never saw platforms without several rail employees on duty, which employees were always on the alert.   This Mole believes that the LACMTA is placing too much emphasis on suicides and ignoring the cause(s) of accidents; one of the main reasons being that, as Ms Nelson clearly writes: "The Blue Line's tracks are entirely at ground level, and the line intersects roadways and walkways in more than 100 places [Emphasis mine].  Metro says the train's structure is not a factor [Emphasis mine]". 

The Times reports (Lin II) that "[w]hen Los Angeles officials [the city council] approved plans for a 39-story residential tower in Century City, they declared the site suitable for development without a review of underground earth-quake faults."  Now it turns out that the LACMTA cannot build a subway station in the area.  Both of these last two stories fall under the rubric "When Politicians Involve Themselves in Technical Matters".  What a surprise it must have been for them that we experience earthquakes here in Los Angeles.  Please read the piece which is available, at many if not most, public libraries.

<<Les oeuvres les plus belles sont celles où il y a le moins de atière.>> Gustave Flaubert 1821-12-12~1880-05-08
[The finest works are those which use the least amount of material.]
Merci bien à www.evene.fr!

To prepare ourselves for the Cosmology section below, let's listen to "
The Great Galaxy" from the Singapore  Symphony Orchestra.  Then, from Linda Ronstadt "El Sol Que Tú Eres". 

Thank you! to our good friends at
www.grooveshark.com for always having available the appropriate music for us.

The Mole rides again, so you don't have to wonder how late to work you will be because you rode the Silver bus .
                        (All times are expressed in the 24 hour system.)


Nondeterministic Travel♪

Ah the Silver Line, it's a bus folks, the schedule fragment, shown above,  documents that the "window" for arrival at freeway "stations" is twelve (12) minutes wide.  This means that one cannot reliably determine one's arrival time to a given destination.  Since the Green Line operates on a fixed schedule, in theory at least, one day you will be able to make a Harbour Freeway connection with the Silver bus and predict your arrival time at a given destination. On another day the Silver bus will be earlier or later than the "scheduled" time and you will be late. 
If the bus is early, you will be late and if the bus is late, you will be late.  This has the effect of forcing one to always be early —six minutes at least, twelve is better— in order to ensure your on-time arrival at your destination.  In fact, the schedules that are given to the Sliver Line drivers don't show arrival times at a given freeway stations so they are not required to even meet the twelve minute windows described in Note D above.
2013-09-04:  We have been waiting in Marina del Rey for a 108 Line bus.  A 108 Line bus, which should have left the turnaround point at 13:20, showing an "Out of Service" head sign and run number 59 [estimated]  zooms past my group which waits on the south east corner of Mindanao and Lincoln BL.
At 14:10 bus number 5146, which left the turnaround at 13:55, and showing an out of service headsign with run number 60, arrives.  About an hour spent waiting and worse yet left stranded by the prior bus.  Why is maintain a schedule more important than providing transportation?  It must be that the LACMTA defines their job as running on-time* buses as opposed to providing transportation.  
*On-time with them is relative; or perhaps the LACMTA is focused on providing a modified third-party call-in service [Nextbus, ah-er, Nextrip] that will tell you approximately how late your bus will be.
2013-09-06 15:30 @ CCTC: As I wait for the CCMBL #6, I hear someone speaking Mandarin nearby.   It is two flight attendants from a Chinese airline.   We discuss some places in the Pacific that we have mutually visited.   They get me to demonstrate my [lack of] Mandarin language skill and I leave them laughing.

2013-09-10 @ 11:30 aboard a 704 Line bus.  Su Topo offers his seat to a lady with a baby,  in an always crowded 704 bus.  She and her husband, Brock and baby London, are from Australia.  They live in Melbourne where Brock works as a water engineer.  We have an interesting chat and I help them find the  shopping center at the south-most end of 3rd Street in Santa Monica.  I leave them there after giving them directions to the Pier.
No Security at the LAXCBC[1]♪
The above photo shows that vehicles [the SUV] which don't belong within the confines of the LAXCBC are often there.  Pictured is an occurrence that happens multiple times each day as confused drivers enter the LAXCBC.

2013-09-14 15:00 @ LAXCBC: La Taupe assists a visitor from Washington, D.C., who is here for a wedding, find the best way to her hotel in Beverly Hills.
No Security at the LAXCBC[2]♪ 
Here we see that someone has broken into a La Opinion newspaper dispenser and it has remained unrepaired for some time. 
2013-09-17:  Your Mole briefly guides three young ladies from Liechtenstein, a country which is surrounded by Switzerland and Austria, to a bus headed for Santa Monica rather than one bound for Inglewood.

2013-09-20 @ ITC 09:00:  While waiting Your Mole produces as short movie about the trash at the ITC, then rides a 740 Line bus.  A man wearing an extra large waist pouch is studying a BBB #3 schedule and using a marking pen to make cryptic marks on the back of his left hand.   Another man wearing sun glasses sits next to me in the window seat.  Although the day is terrifically bright, he is trying to do something with his e-reader which reflects the sun's glare.  There are lots of empty seats on this bus, half of them on the shady side.  It does make me wonder?

I want to intersect the 130 Line at Hawthorne BL and Artesia.  Nothing in schedule stored on my phone shows where that stop might be.  It would be great of the LACMTA, in their free time, would code the stop locations on the map.

As Seen on My Cell Phone♪
Just above is a portion of the schedule as it appears on my phone.  A small symbol, say just a dot with the corner of the intersection where a given stop is located.  In the case of the intersection of Hawthorne and Artesia BLs, the 130 Line stops could be indicated by .E-SE and .W-NW; the map user would know that an east bound 130 Line bus would stop on the south east corner of the intersection and a west bound bus would stop at the north west corner.  This would add value to the map, wouldn't it?

Bent Flag & Pole♪
2013-09-21 At a bus stop, I took the above photo which, once again, demonstrates that the LACMTA is near incapable of performing routine maintenance.  The bus "flag" bent and left that way for weeks!  One would think that Metro drivers would routinely report missing or broken flags at their stops, but apparently that is not the case, as with the LACMTA nothing is simple.   This flag pole is ready to break off and strike someone who is waiting for a bus.   Just another example of the LAMTA's poor approach to maintenance.

2013-09-26 At a bus stop on Century BL:  A Shelter Clean employee is just finishing.  He has taken away the used trash bags and replaced them with empty bags.  But he leaves lots of trash, orange sections and etc. around the
area in front of the benches.  He gets in his truck, CA license ending in 3603. 

Here is how Shelter Clean's Website portrays their services.

Shelter Clean?♪
The LACMTA pays out the tax monies received from the citizens of Los Angeles County and apparently makes no effort —su Topo has reported on the less than dedicated work of Shelter Clean before— to supervise or verify the quality of the work being done.  It seems that Shelter Clean has not much interest in its employees work either.  The less time spent at each shelter, the more shelters they can bill for "cleaning" in a day's time.  ¿Es no?
Speaking of basura while waiting for a bus at the ITC, I filmed a short sequence of just some of the trash scattered around the edge of the site.  There is lots more, scattered in and around the bushes and pretty much everywhere EXCEPT in the trash cans.  Metro really needs to send their cleaning crew to this site AND they should not forget their gum-removal pressure hoses.  You can see only a small amount of the total litter here.

Ear (and Eye) to the Rail 

Transit as seen by the LACMTA♪

On Sunday morning, September 22, 2013,  KABC broadcast the LACMTA's appeal to the public; the agency is requesting that we help stop suicides on the Blue Line, you know the one which has the highest fatalities in the nation —not all of which are suicides.

Thank you to KABC7! whose Sunday morning team: Ms Salvo,  Ms Winkler and Mr. Gregory are informative and a pleasure to watch too!

Of course, the better answer is for the LACMTA to start providing us with rapid transit.  Adding rapid transit to the existing mass transit requires that they grade separate their rail lines and the Orange Line (that's a bus, folks) as well, from other traffic the way they do in big cities.  A bi-product of doing this will be to deny pedestrian access to the rails.  It seems simple but, the LACMTA would rather put down five mile of unsafe rails, than three miles of safe rails.  *But with the LACMTA nothing is simple (vide supra).  I also question involving the pubic in the LACMTA's "suicide prevention" program.  A good Samaritan could well lose his/her life in attempting to prevent a suicide. 
Cautionary Note: Those employed by the LACMTA should NOT view the following video.  The speed of the train(s) in the videos, the fact that they do not have to share the right of way or stop at stop lights because they are truly rapid transit, will likely make you dizzy, nauseous, confuse and frighten you. 

This video shows trains from the DART [Dallas Area Rapid Transit] system.  Now, it is important to understand that these trains are controlled by signals (flashing lights and bells) at grade crossings.  Although not the completely grade separated configuration which we desire, but this is truly a step up from the LACMTA's Toonerville trolley approach, which places mass transit squarely in the middle of lots of traffic. 

The Los Angeles subways are rapid transit as is the Green Line.  So at one time someone at the LACMTA knew the difference, but alas, that knowledge has been lost to an organization which has no institutional memory.
The present goal of the organization now seems to be to spend money to build anything that can be thrown together with out regard to either functionality .  Neither is developing and improving on a "best practices" model, very much on their mind.  One case in point is that access control, think Expo Line, has again become optional or something which "may be added in later". 

It interesting to read about things that can be measured at great distances.  Here is a discussion of the interstellar wind.
And for those of us who are interested in dark energy, please read this and then hold that thought.
A ever think that an nD black hole with an event horizon of (n-1)D could produce an (n-1)D universe?  The magazine Nature has a short piece on how our present universe, that is our 3D brane world, might have been created by a 4D black hole with a 3D event horizon (Please see.)
If you demand more detail, are comfortable with higher order dimensions and mathematics which leave many (your Mole included) staring blankly at the page, then here is the link for you.
On the other hand, under the picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words rubric, try this site which shows our 3D brane, our galaxy and its neighbours happly floating above the “bulk”.  Sorry, it doesn’t depict higher-order dimensions.   I found the terminology somewhat confusing, especially the “our universe” note, your Mole believes that some of this is simply the lost-in-translation effect.  “Our universe”  is contained within “our brane”  and that the label “our universe” is meant to point out our galaxy.  "Another blane" is likely meant to be "Another [3D] [mem]brane.  Back to "dark energy", some are now postulating that the unseen [in our universe] dark energy is really the effect of the bulk's strong gravity. 
The New York Times features a great article (Overybye) and an accompanying graphic, which I first saw reprinted and somewhat improved,in the Orange County Register (August 19, 2013 on page News7) but, unfortunately, the OCR has a subscriber wall so I am unable to link that full page article.
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 4/26;
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.  
82627* F[+15*] C[Y]; 28317 F[Y], C[-2]; 20022 F[-6], C[Y]; xxxxx F[Y], C[Y];  N.B. distances are in metres, think yards.
*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)/2013-07-23; 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 am hoping that one of their developers will someday read this, copy my code and improve their text to HTML engine.  Until then, lo siento.
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2) A recipient, directly or indirectly, of any salary payments or loans or gifts of any kind or any free service or discounts or other fees from or on behalf of any person or organization engaged in any transaction with any of the entities about which I have written. 
Any exceptions to 1 or 2 above are stated below with a full description of the transactions and of the interest, whether direct or indirect, which I have (or have had during the past year) in the persons or organizations having transactions with any of the entities about which I have written.
There are no exceptions.
Date: 2009-06-24    S/LametroMole
Works Cited

Chang, Andrea and Hsu, Tiffany. “Grocery stores adding tech features to stay competitive”. Los Angeles Times. 8 Sep. 2013: SECTPG. Print. [Web. linked above].

Lacher, Irene. “When multi-tasking kills". Los Angeles Times. Aug. 18, 2013: D3. Print.

Lin II, Rong-Gong and Xia, Rosanna. “Tower site may lie on fault”. Los Angeles Times. Sep. 25, 2013: A1+. Print.

"Metro Insider". LACMTA 14-0084TR. ©2013. Print.
Nelson, Laura J. “Broadway line faces funding gap”. Los Angeles Times. Sep. 10, 2013: AA2+. Print.

Nelson J, Laura J. “10 Freeway bus crash injures 8”. Los Angeles Times. Sep. 12, 2013: AA3+. Print.

Nelson «, Laura J. “Blue Line earns deadly reputation for suicides”. Los Angeles Times. Sep. 24, 2013: A1+. Print.

Overybye, Dennis. “A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox”. New York Times. Aug. 12, 2013. Web. [Linked above].

Rivoli, Dan. "MTA Best apps for riders". amNEWYORK. Sep. 25, 2013: p4. Web.

Weikel, Dan. "Rail bottleneck unclogged". Los Angeles Times. Aug. 29, 2013: A32. Print.
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