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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
    Solar cells are getting cheaper and better very quickly and companies are already developing solar paints as well. Once these technologies become widespread the prices will drop even more rapidly. Solar cells currently only extract a small percent of the potential power. With some totally realistic potential improvements to the technology, a car covered in cells could generate its own power assuming it sits in the sun most of the time. It's quite likely that Sed's proposed car will be on the road in a matter of years. Batteries are actually finally improving as well, which is really the key. The solar cars in those races don't have batteries, so they can't sit and charge and then use the power during the race, but electric cars will.

    Technology does advance, but don't hold your breath. Look at how the panels on homes has changed in the last 20 years. Barely at all except there are more of them.
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    All the R&D for solar panels has been amortized.

    And, there are companies out there that have figured out a way to create a long-term revenue stream for themselves, owning the panels, "renting" rooftops of homeowners, who actually pay them for a "lower" electricity bill.
    I'm still holding off, though. My home faces southeast, so I don't get the full blast of sun. I also have clay roof tiles, which I think clash horribly with blue/black of panels.
    I'd probably try to get a good price for my used tiles, while replacing the roof with the solar shingles. Too bad I don't have $44,000 (reading a Forbes article about a small installation) for a new roof. Guess I'll have to wait for a tree to drop on it.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    It seems that is reason to expand the lines. And something along the 405 connecting the end of two lines would be a great start. Transit is too LA centric as this goes to show.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

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    Are we talking about the Van Nuys Blvd and Sepulveda Pass projects?

    I think the ridership is there for rail. But a tunnel is going to be too expensive, because there are no stops needed from Ventura Blvd to Wilshire.

    The Crenshaw line will only go up to Crenshaw/Exposition.

    Nothing in the cards south of Westwood Blvd. - a missing link - is even being studied.

    Ideally, you could take one train from Sylmar to Redondo through LAX, not downtown.

    Unfortunately it's a long ways off.
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    No like something through Torrance. Though something over through Sepulveda Pass seems obvious too. This way we would have parallel routes and you don't have to go to LA and back out.
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    There is no need for stops between Ventura Blvd and Sunset Blvd. Heck, the tunnel could come out at Getty Center.
    Ventura/Sepulveda is at 709' above sea level. Sunset/Sepulveda is just under 500'.

    Looks to be seven miles straight from Van Nuys to Sunset/Sepulveda.

    So, build light rail starting at Metrolink's Sylmar Station (Santa Clarita Line).
    Follow current Metrolink tracks (above ground is preferable) to Van Nuys Blvd.
    Turn west-southwest on Van Nuys Blvd.
    Stop at Metrolink's Ventura Line (between Roscoe Blvd and Saticoy St).
    Stop at Orange Line station (just north of Oxnard St).
    Underground at Moorpark St and Ventura Blvd.
    Then straight to Sunset/Century City/LAX.

    So easy. On paper.
    There is Stone Canyon Reservoir on that path, as well as a couple hundred multi-million dollar homes of the rich and/or famous.

    The connections to the existing transit system is what makes Van Nuys Blvd optimal.

    Sepulveda Blvd path wouldn't be too bad, though. Heck, they could move the Van Nuys Station of the Ventura County Line to Sepulveda Blvd. Closer to a freeway that way.

    Sepulveda path would be:
    From Symar Station, follow Metrolink to Brand.
    Turnwest-southwest on Brand, follow to Sepulveda Blvd.
    Turn south on Sepulveda.
    Then sort-of follow The 405 to Sunset or so. Maybe ending tunnel at bottom of Getty Center Drive.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    They've eliminated Sepulveda Boulevard from consideration for the Valley, Van Nuys Blvd has more bus boardings and therefore potential riders on the new line.

    The plan for this line is to follow San Fernando Road to Van Nuys Blvd. terminating at Ventura. The second project goes roughly from Ventura/Sepulveda to the VA.

    There still won't be a connection from the Purple to the Expo lines without going through central LA.

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    Well, Van Nuys Blvd also has Metrolink AND Orange Line stops.
    Not sure if either of them could handle the increased numbers from Century City / Westwood / Wilshire / LAX commuters.

    And, really, the VA is not far enough. All the way to LAX!! With stops at Purple and Expo! And Crenshaw!
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Ideally the Crenshaw line would extend up to Hollywood and Highland.

    And the Sylmar-Van Nuys-Westwood line would go to LAX and continue south to Redondo Beach's Green line/Crenshaw line terminus.

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    Like I said, easy to write down, on paper.

    There are probably a lot of residents and businesses and schools along the routes that might object. Part of me says "too bad for you." The other part of me says, "Check out the increased value of property along the current routes." Then, they'll all want the stations as close to their property as possible.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    I've posted maps of the long term plans.

    The best case scenario for the immediate future is that you can go from Sylmar to Westwood on one line and transfer there to the purple line.

    But will the Sylmar to Ventura Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. to Westwood projects be joined together? Not if one's a train and the other is a bus (brt).

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    Garcetti to Mobility 21: We’re Planning for the Next Measure R Campaign


    The Mayor, in Washington D.C. to try and raise more funds for local and regional transit projects, stressed some familiar themes: America Fast Forward, Great Streets, Measure R… But what grabbed my attention was about 20 seconds of text that may serve as the unofficial public kickoff for the next transit expansion ballot initiative campaign. Until there’s a more formal name, let’s call it Measure R++

    This is why my first action as mayor was to call together a meeting of regional mayors from across the county to discuss the issues of future development. One common theme that emerged from that gathering back in August was that we desperately need more transportation investments. Currently, all the cities across L.A. County are submitting their ideas for investments as part of another transportation investment ballot initiative. These efforts will ultimately expand our transit system while at the same time increasing planning efforts to deliver vibrant neighborhoods across our transit network.
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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    L.A. METRO Purple Line Extension:

    Here's the Schedule For Work on the Purple Line to La Cienega


    The first 3.9-mile phase ... will bring the subway from Koreatown to the eastern edge of Beverly Hills, and create new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax, and Wilshire/La Cienega.
    Ouch, ten more years to go three stations west.

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    Re: Mass Transit 2 the Disneyland Resort

    If the rest of the route can get approved/not sued against, they can be done concurrently.
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