The $2.1 billion project that will extend the light rail from Old Town to University Town Center may not actually help commuters who need it the most, contributor Alon Levy writes.
Levy wrote that as the region waits for other major mass transit projects, we could increase the frequency and timing of the east-west lines from the beaches to the inland areas around Clairemont, which would increase the number of riders who could partake in the Mid-Coast line. This would also improve transit service between I-8 and La Jolla.
Lots of options, but limited funds.
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Yesterday we talked about the new report from UC San Diego researchers that had officials at the San Diego Unified School District very pleased. But in their excitement, they decided to take a swipe at Voice of San Diego. Well, Scott Lewis isn’t going to just let that fly.
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In the ongoing saga that is SANDAG, the lawmakers in Sacramento are still mulling big changes to the agency. AB 805, a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez meant to reform SANDAG passed through the Senate, reports Sara Libby in the Sacramento Report. But, not without debate.
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Table 6-1 of early data for all Trolley and bus options shows very little difference in travel time. Bus somteeimes low sometime hgher. Most differences within around 10%perhaps affected by need for transfers.
Regarding transfers being the norm; probably a significant part of reason 30 years attempts to make mass transit meaningful has resulted in less than 2% of travel share.
Regarding Mid Coast,
2 to3 years ago in the Mid-Coast project sales process, the trolley estimate was $1.2 billion. Bus use was considered, but claimed less cost-effective, though capital cost was lower.
Buses need not follow the fixed routes needed by trolleys. If enough riders exist in the commute areas M levy mentions, buses could provide service without need to transfer. And the disruption to community designs in attempts to provide trolley service through residential areas.
But Trolley-Lovers prevailed. They put emphasis in mo transfer on the blue line from as far the Mexican Border. Demographics are very different in East-West communities; La Jolla Mira Mesa, etc.
Initially trolleys may have environmental advantage compared to buses. CA electric power is,(was?), very clean. Long term all transportation vehicles will converge using electric power.
Early Mid-Coast energy comparisons had a series error, perhaps a factor of around 2 in comparing the fossil fuel component of CA power. The combustion process was assumed 100% efficient.
@Walt Brewer The big issue with the bus routes between Old Town and UTC/UCSD is that all of them are slow, unreliable, and stuck in traffic. The trolley, with its own right-of-way, solves all of those issues. Until dedicated transit lanes are the norm rather than an empty promise, the trolley is the better option for more reliable service.
Transfers are already the norm, whether the Mid-Coast Trolley were to be built or not. But I'd much rather transfer from one faster, higher-frequency route to another, than from one slower, unreliable route to another.
Sure hope Hunter, Jr. gets his comeuppance for his misusing govt. money. Paying for his kid's pet rabbit airplane seat when charging the govt. and paying his wife 3500 a month seems way off base. He needs to get kicked out of his seat, cuz he likes the money and shows how he isn't real smart. He got his seat on daddy's shirttails. (shirt 'tale' mainly)