The Transit Coalition eNewsletter, Wed., Oct. 31, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Volume 3, Issue 44
Gasoline prices are on a vehement race to the top, as oil reaches near inflation-adjusted highs. A sagging dollar, production shutdowns in Mexico and political tensions are mostly to blame. The increases of recent weeks are reflected on the price for fuel, as Californians must pay $3.16 for a gallon of it. In fact, more increases are on the way, since currently purchased oil will not come to consumers until the springtime.
Fare evasion takes center stage once again at Metro. A study revealed that 5% of Metro Rail passengers do not pay the proper fare. The figures are slightly higher than those provided by the county Sheriff Department, which acts, among other things, as fare inspectors. This in turn has again prompted calls to install gates at stations, even as Metro is rolling out with the TAP program, which could come as early as late 2008. One Los Angeles Daily News editorial recommended increased patrols that would catch fare evaders and, in turn, increase safety.
Ousted Los Angeles City transportation chief Gloria Jeff quietly received a $95,000 settlement from city coffers for her wrongful termination. The matter left City Councilmembers fuming, since it was not allowed to vote on the matter. The development left a sour taste with the Los Angeles Times editorial board, which disapproved the peculiar methods that were used.
Was the new parking system at Dodger Stadium a success? Despite grumbling by the fans who now must shell out $15 to park, the system has notably reduced delays within and outside the ballpark. Indeed, access has been a major issue with most new ballparks. In the case of the San Diego Padres, they hired a transportation consultant who mapped out a plan well before Petco Park was built. Other franchises are also looking towards demand management techniques to control traffic and reduce delays.
Plenty of good tidings are given to LA/Ontario Airport, which is poised to grow thanks to increased hostility towards growth at LAX. The San Bernardino Associated Governments and SCAG recently announced it would fund a study for a Gold Line connection to said airport. Los Angeles World Airports executive director Gina Marie Lindsay outlined incentives that would make the airport more attractive to both passengers and airlines. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin pretty much expressed the same thought.
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