Archive Tag: Transportation

Old Pacific Electric Railway cars await their conversion into scrap metal at a junkyard on Terminal Island in 1956. The collapse of the railway system that once crisscrossed Southern California was due to a number of factors, including the rise of the automobile.
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA Library

In a recent lecture at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, professor Ethan Elkind chronicled the history of public transit in L.A., beginning with the old Pacific Electric Railway system and concluding with the passing of Measure M, which promises to generate $30 billion for transit over the next 40 years. Elkind, who directs the Climate Change and Business program and is jointly Read more

Traffic streams in to the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on Oct. 10.
(Los Angeles Times)

With the passing of Measure M in November 2016, voters agreed to help fund transportation expansion and improvement throughout Los Angeles. Juan Matute, associate director of the UCLA Lewis Center and Institute of Transportation Studies, and coauthors comment that reducing the amount of available parking is a key proponent that would help to fully realize Measure M’s promise to reduce traffic.

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The Eiffel Tower and The Invalides dome, right, are seen from the Montparnasse Tower, as Paris suffered a pollution spike this week.
Francois Mori/AP

Madeline Brozen of the UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies recently commented on Paris’ free public transit day, an effort to counter excessive air pollution by making public transportation free and instituting a driving ban for cars with even-numbered license plates. According to Brozen, the efficacy of this strategy was limited by Paris’ size and its transit systems’ unpreparedness to accommodate drastic increases in ridership. Ultimately, Brozen says, free public transit in large cities may compromise quality of service, thereby discouraging ridership. She cited UCLA’s free transportation program—which increased ridership by 50 percent and reduced traffic—as an instance in which free public transportation worked well on a smaller scale.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor

Expo Line and L.A. skyline.
Expo Line and L.A. skyline.
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By: Sarah Wyman

When Angelenos take to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, they will decide the trajectory of public transit and transit-oriented development in Los Angeles County for years to come. Measure M and Measure JJJ—which endeavor to expand transportation networks and safeguard affordable housing, respectively—both promise to advance the region’s sustainability goals while transforming where and how transportation is constructed in Los Angeles.

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