Vae Viator61

America’s Worst♪
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 continue to be used as improvised trash cans. BBB N.B. The stop still needs a trash can!

BBB Maxella Trash Fix???♪
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! :-)

 Why a trash container is needed♪
The photo above shows exactly what people will do when a trash container is not provided.  They will jury rig something.  What they did in this case is rip off the tape which covered the plastic pipes at the base of the utility pole and stuffed their trash into the pipe, nice, huh?
Edward F. King,  Director of Transit Services
City of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus
(Photo: www.bigbluebus.com)
 The man pictured above could ensure that trash containers are installed along BBB routes with a simple three-line memorandum. 
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 video(s) we see further instances of scofflaw drivers, a black SUV sandwiched in between two shuttle vans, cutting in front of Metro a 111/311 bus.
Please see the video of  three vehicles which cross the solid white line and cut off a Line 111/311 bus.  

Thanks to www.youtube.com for their excellent video support!
Please carefully note that, in some videos, pedestrians are 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 unchallengeablely 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.
OVERMATCHED (for a while anyway)

 The Mole reads the papers and other things, obviating the necessity of your doing so.
The Los Angeles Times (Nelson) covered the move, from Denver, to Los Angeles of the LACMTA's new CEO.  The first thing I noticed was that he is being paid less than he was in Denver, i.e., $327,000 or $23,000 less than he earned in Denver.

So that your Mole to make an estimate of exactly what Mr. Washington will do for the LACMTAbelieving that the past is the best predictor of the future he reviewed the type of transportation which Denver has in place now.

Presently Denver's city to airport service is via (1) "Sky Ride”. “SkyRide" is RTD’s convenient, affordable bus service to and  from Denver International  Airport (DIA)“ and East Rail and (2) Denver East Rail from the city to DIA.

The first line in the Denver Post piece (Samuelson) is “You can't do it at LAX,, …”.  They refer to a single seat (not four seats) to LAX. Please read it via the "Works Cited" link.

What Mr. Washington oversaw in Denver was, viz, “… the first public-private partnership for transit ...”. This may be the way out of transportation for the LACMTA.

Denver's City to Airport Line

Mr. Washington's former city has (or will very soon have) a connection from the city to its airport.  I wanted to ask the operators a question so I sent email messages.

In response to su Topo's query which was intended to determine whether the Denver, city to DIA was rapid or mass transportation, I received professional replies from a representatives of the agency.  

"The East Rail Line does have at-grade crossings along the route, along with a number of grade-separated crossings/bridges as well. The top speed on the train is 79 mph, which will likely occur in the areas that do not have any pedestrian or vehicular interactions. The trip from Union Station in Denver to Denver International Airport will take 35 minutes."

Please use this link to access more information about the line.

Unfortunatel we find that the line in NOT rapid transit due to the "at-grade crossings along the route".

Quoting from the Times (Nelson2) article, which I also featured last month, “Arthur T. Leahy's performance as chief executive has been under confidential review by the Metro board of directors for more than six months, and a majority of members were ready to let his contract expire in April, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. In an interview with The Times, Leahy, 65, said leaving Metro was his choice.”

But don't be too concerned for Leahy, who “… is expected to be hired by Metrolink, Southern California's troubled commuter rail agency.”  Perhaps, that should be –other troubled commuter rail agency.  In any event the LACMTA's loss is ….umm, well anyway.

The worrisome idea which seems to be held by the LACMTA hierarchy is: good management can salvage a flawed plan.  That is simply not true!  However good the new management is, it is saddled with an overabundance of poor plans badly implemented. This Mole is no longer concerned that he will have nothing to write  about :-).

The “Bullet Train” is in the news again (Vartabedian); and the news is not good! It seems that the CHSRA forgot the natural order of things.  In the supermarket it is: Select items then checkout.  In building “Bullet Trains: (even those which are based upon technologies of the 1960s) –it's: Purchase the land then implement your build plan.  Now that everything is (kind of) ready CHSRA wants to buy the land BUT, apparently some owners don't want to sell.   

Here is Mr. Vartabedian: “… a wide range of Central Valley farmers and landowners who complained about lowball state offers and the damage their operations will suffer for a project they say may never be completed.   

I understand their feelings completely, since several transportation operators who operate in California, excepting BART, have lots of trouble with the two concepts: on time and on budget.  So what this Mole hears the Central Valley Farmers saying is “if you won't complete it anyway, please, go somewhere else and not complete it there.”

Going back a slightly more than a year the Los Angeles Times (Vartabedian2) described a common source of real life problems –the interface.  It seems that Metrolink will have a need for Art Leahy's magic in mating the CHSRA's “bullet train” to Metrolink's older “rolling stock”.  Mr. Vartabedian details the problem of having to transfer between the San Francisco to Los Angeles
—read Merced to Burbank— bullet train to Metrolink's diesel powered trains in Burbank.

 Loopy Solution

EURIKA!  We can apply the LACMTA's fix for this kind of design flaw.  That's it!  We can build a … what?  An Uptown Connector!!  Problem solved.  Like the actual “Downtown Connector” or “tracks to nowhere”. The “Bullet Train”/MetroLink” can be another “ring solution”, an attempt to Band aid a bad design.  It might be a solution acceptable to the LACMTA to “fix” other design and construction flaws by a series of interlocking “rings”.   Although this Mole would prefer to call them “loops”. 

Nice work Mr. Vartabedian!  Please read the entire article and others that are linked in “Works Cited”.

Metro/New York City News informs us (na.) of the continuing dangers of railroad grade level crossings.  The piece, an excellent one, which includes all recent grade level crossing accidents, describes the efforts by politicians to upgrade safety at these dangerous convergences.

Grade level crossings are an artifact of our agrarian past.  Vehicles were few and railroad terminology, e.g. "cowcatcher", tells a story of our past.  In this Mole's mind, "improving grade level crossings" means eliminating them.  An efficient construction company can find a cost-effective solution to the problem.  

For the most part, excepting the Green Line which has NO grade level crossings the LACMTA build out will add grade level crossings they see fit. Each one of these crossings will be the scene of future accidents.  

Here is what the New York State Department of transportation says: "Improving and/or eliminating highway-railroad grade crossings is so critical that for more than 30 years the federal government has provided states with dedicated funding established to improve safety and eliminate hazards of highway-railroad grade crossings. The Department’s Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Section administers this federally-funded program for New York." (Source dot.gov.ny

And of course, our own LACMTA, rather than eliminating these dangerous crossings, only builds more of them into their Toonerville system.  

Please read this excellent Metro article which is linked in "Works Cited", below.

The Times features an article (Nelson3) about yet another grade-level accident.  This one involving the Expo Line which “left 12 people hurt, one critically.”  Your Mole sees accidents like these today and going forward as a negative legacy, that will keep on taking away, as a side-effect of Los Angeles’ Toonerville Trolley system where minimum investment is of overriding concern.

It is reminiscent of Ford’s Pinto philosophy; in the case of the LACMTA, it is more cost effective to allow the accidents to happen and pay the victims or their beneficiaries than to design a proper, more costly rail system —one with grade separation.  

Ms Nelson covers all the details in her eminently readable prose, so please read the piece.

Honolulu gets it right with Rapid Transit rail!
One can easily see from the above photo, that Honolulu really has done it right with their transit plan.  It is elevated RAPID TRANSIT.  It will have a stop at Honolulu International Airport – likely far, far in advance of when a single seat from Los Angeles downtown to LAX is available, if one is ever available.
The web site is beautiful so please read all the details there
It is in order to salute Hawaii with some Hawaiian music.  I like "Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii" and you?  Let's listen to a version by Amy Hanaiali' and Willie K.  La Taupe, please one more Hawaiian song?  OK!  Here is one of your Mole's personal favorites, Kaiman Hila (Diamond Head).

And speaking of beautiful web sites, or friends at grooveshark.com have produced a wonderful new interface, intuitive and easy to use.  If you like it half as much as I do, you'll like it a lot!
« Dans une guerre, ce qui se passe, ce n'est jamais ce qu'on avait prévu. Alors ce qui compte, c'est d'avoir le moral! »
           Général Marcel Bigeard (1916-02-09~2010-06-18)
        One of the heroes who fought for France at Diên Biên Phû  
        (1953-11-20~1954-05-07) in Viêt Nam.
 [In a war, what is happening is never what we had planned. So what matters is to have the moral!]
 Merci Bien à  http://evene.lefigaro.fr/
Ars longa vita breva
Gustave Caillebotte (1848-08-19~1894-02-12) painted at the time Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann were modernising Paris.  Here is his “Paris Street; Rainy Day and “Fruit Displayed on a Stand”. 

See much more of Caillebotte’s work here. http://alturl.com/8ik5n
Listen here, to an NPR broadcast which discusses Caillebotte and aspects of the rebuilding of Paris. 
I’m in the mood for some Parisian Musique.  How about “En Chantant French Music” by Mireille Mathieu.   And as an encore, “Mon Amie La Rose”. By Francoise Hardy 

Un plus? OK!  Here is "Et Un Jour, Une Femme En Duo” by Pascal Obispo. 
Ah, grooveshark.com, vous êtes magnifique! You always have the appropriate music for us!   Thank you!!  
The Mole rides again, so you don’t have to take courses in geography and map making before you use a bus schedule.
(All dates are ISO8601 format, times are expressed in the 24 hour system.)

Silver Line Map
2015-03-12: As I ride aboard a line 910 bus to a downtown meeting, I study the map so that I’ll know where to board.  LACMTA work products cannot stand much scrutiny —the map is no exception.  Study the photo above or click it for an enlarged version which should open in a new browser tab and study it there.  N.B. the arrows and letters at the arrow tails.  The “W” (Wrong) denotes an incorrect positioning of the 7th/Metro Center stop.  The arrow with a “R” at its tail shows a better (but not perfect) approximation of the location of the subject stop.  It pays to plan ahead as I did by reviewing what is available from the LACMTA and making a determination as to exactly how useful it is.

Still Broken After All These Years

2015-03-16: I ride the Green Line and saw a familiar sight, a broken seat that has remained un-repaired for years.  Good work LACMTA!  I don't want to see that my abuelas or anyone else is injured by such sloppy maintenance.  Just think of the thousands of times Metro employees have walked by this seat or cleaners or inspectors in the rail yard have seen it.  Either it has never been reported or the LACMTA lacks a person(s) with the proper skill set to effect a repair. Yet they have the nerve to term themselves "America's Best"!

It's the 98% that Give the Rest a Bad name

2015-03-18:  I wait on Manchester AV for a 115 Line bus. Some workers from a nearby business are sweeping the filthy area around the bus stop.  They clean most of it before I take the above photo.  The cleaned the remains of someone's meal soon after I took this picture.  Anyway, aren't the bus stops supposed to get cleaned by Shelter Clean. Or, have they gone the way of TransiTV??

Or Just Lets It Happen

La Taupe has taken the LACMTA's braggadocio themed  artwork, above, and applied a “keeping it real” factor to it!

Mosaic Of Gum Blobs Note

2015-03-24 At Inglewood Transit Center:  Su Topo noted the mosaic composed of thoughtlessly discarded blobs of chewing gum (pictured above).  Where the LAXCBC was cleaned by high pressure hoses, the ITC doesn't get that sort of treatment.

Uncleaned Litter

One would think that ITC is not equipped with trash containers, that is not the case.  It seems that the users of this bus center prefer to drop any unwanted materials and let gravity take over from there.
Ear (and Eye) to the Rail

Transit as unseen and unimagined by the LACMTA

The LACMTA (Subordinate to LAWA)


Every Which Way But Right!


Four Seats to LAX!


The LACMTA Tries Again; Asymptotically to LAX!


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.
I believe that the Hawaiian Rapid transportation plan detailed herein (Vide supra "HART") covers the city to airport demonstration of rapid transit for this month.

Su Topo would like use this space on a one-time basis to show how Turkey has overcome problems and built a high-speed link between Istanbul and Ankara. The travel time between these termini has been halved!  

The combined population of the line's termini is 17,748,000, larger than Los Angeles, but with more geographical challenges, I believe that we here in Southern California are cursed, or something, with can't do organizations that seemingly can't learn either (with the exception of Bart)!  In Los Angeles the LACMTA is building the same type of rail that is found in 
San José, CA.

Please use this link to use the interactive system map for San José, CA and its neighbouring cities.

Again, thank you to our host, www.youtube.com and to DocumentingNews for uploading the video.

According to an article (NEWS)  in the IEEE Spectrum, "... CERN [Centre European Recherche Nuclearmanagement decided to shut down the accelerator for a two-year period, starting in early 2013. This allowed the LHC engineering teams to update and upgrade several other systems, including the data gathering and storage technology and the cryogenics, which keep the system’s superconducting magnets at a crisp 1.9 kelvins [1.9 kelvin = -271.25 Celsius]."

The power of the device has almost doubled, from 7 TeV. (TeraElectronVolts) to about 13 Tev.  A video about the upgrade can be seen here.

You can view a status report on "the world's largest physics machine" here —looks like more work ahead.

Is E.T. phoning us? Gliese 581’s planets may be calling earth however unintentionally. The Daily Mail reports (Zolfagharifard) that signals from the star Gliese 581, which were earlier dismissed, may now be a kind of proof of life [Mole's term].
An earlier Daily Mail article (Niall) informs us that in 2008, a signal from the area of star system Gliese 581 was discovered.  No further “signals” have been yet discovered. 
 The planet Gliese 581g is the suspected source of the signal.  Gliese 581g orbits at the same relative distance from it's sun, called the Goldilocks zone because it is the area most conducive to supporting life, as we on earth do. 
The signal is described by the Australian scientist, Dr Ragbir Bhathal, of the University of Western Sydney as, 'We found this very sharp signal, sort of a laser lookalike thing which is the sort of thing we’re looking for - a very sharp spike. And that is what we found. So that was the excitement about the whole thing.'
What intelligence might be encoded in such a signal? Below I've shown a terrestrial TV signal as shown on an oscilloscope. Now a TV signal from our neighbours 22 light years away might look different.  It would be a function of the frequencies used, the number of raster lines for make up the image and etc.  And of course, our terrestrial TV signals —the ones which could be intercepted, anyway— travel as electrical pulses through space.  We know that modern communication signals travel as light pulses through fibre optic cables but laser beams could also be modulated to carry information.

Video Signal On An Oscilloscope

It would not be impossible that, in a relatively short time –provided that the signals were from a TV broadcast or audio, we could have one of the greatest broadcasts imaginable, a 22 year delayed, kind of live, ongoing stream from fellow inhabitants of our galaxy.  But, of course, we must first find a reliable signal which may be much more difficult than it appears.
Imagine lots of laser signals traveling through space.  

We must determine which ones persist for a long duration, which ones are like police communication —short bursts which are seldom repeated.  What does long duration really mean? Gliese is rotating, we are rotating.  It is not as easy as  tuning in KCRW (89.9FM)!

You can see the youtube.com presentation of a video signal on an oscilloscope here. 

I performed a brief check of the literature and found this description of laser communications: “The advantages of optical communication systems are wider bandwidth, larger capacity, lower power consumption, more compact equipment, greater security against eavesdropping, and protection against interference than those with radio frequency (RF) communications
(Hyde, Edelson, 1997).” [referenced  in Toyoshima, M. et al. Springer].

This posting was/is again mared by the frequent, unexplainable changes in Font when editing, from my preferred style to something ugly -yet may/may not appear here. I have notified the Blogger Staff. ¡Lo Siento! 
 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[] C[];
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; XXXX-XX-XX(-);
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.

BART = Bay Area Rapid Transit – Please note the use of the word “Rapid” because it is a word we almost never hear in Los Angeles.

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 $1.75)

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].

T= 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
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