TRANSPORTOPIA is a ‘Right Now’ thing. This isn’t about building infrastructure objects that we won’t see in our lifetime or waiting for Apps to be built. It starts now with an attitude. We are in a great city that is getting greater (check out the Downtown or the New Art District in Boyle Heights). Recon, Report, Recruit, Re-imagine your life in the City of Angles.
Ingress Anomaly! Ingress is a geo-mobile alternate reality game that uses GPS and is played in the real-world. Already it is transforming the way players look at the world around them.
TRANSPORTOPIA is about turning daily life in Los Angeles into a massive multiplayer real-world real life game. Think of L.A. as a mysterious world of quests and discoveries, not a place that drifts by at 10 miles an hour. Turn every day into an adventure. See that bookstore you didn’t even know existed… That concert you never would have even heard about… That exhibit you would have missed.
TRANSPORTOPIA is about much more than Transportation. It is about Transforming our city into a Utopia. It starts with getting out of our bubbles (aka cars) and experiencing the city. Reinhabiting it if you will. Turning a dull day into an adventure. Turn driving time into reading time, work time, social time or movie watching time.
LA Times 1/18/14 by Laura Nelson
Well there is another surprise; MTA’s revenues do not support their costs. $36M shortfall! Put another way, if they were a business, they would be out of business.
They plan to raise fares to support their budget. Given the fact of how poorly the system has been managed today, no matter how much they raise the fares, the end result will be the same, an operating loss.
The only way the MTA can can win is by improving service and attracting the next tier of riders, LA’s middle class. 85% of the riders in the bus cannot afford cars and are typically in the lowest economic class. MTA sells to this crowd because they don’t care to offer a service only a lift. (Check out the advanced signage I saw on my recent bus trip!)
Overall, we need to adopt the practices outlined in “Driving Excellence” by Mark Aensk.
Mark ran the Rockchester, NY transit system and made it work in a down economy without rate hikes. He did one thing, he made it attra
ctive to new customers who started using the system.
The MTA gets only 26% of their revenues from fares. You and I as taxpayers are footing the bills for the other 74%. This money that should be used for maintaining our roads and infrastructure.
Ultimately, Running transit like a business is the only way we will be successful. Segment your services, innovate to attract new customers and provide world class experiences. This is how you turn a deficit into a surplus, or as we say in the real world “a profit!”
Traveling to Boulder for a business meeting, I decided to take the road or ride less traveled.
My hertz reservation for my two day drip was $165 and with gas and parking, my total expense would end up being $209 + $20 for round trip LA flyaway.
My day started with the LA flyaway at 6am. Smooth, simple and $10. Cheaper than a cab and easier than having my wife give me a ride only to sit in traffic going north on the 405. Overall it works, though a local dash service would be great since a local Uber would add another $8 to my tab each way.
In Denver, easy tram to the main terminal (why don’t we do this at LAX?) and two very helpful people directed me to the ground transportation booth and I proceeded to wait 20 minutes for the scheduled bus to arrive.
The bus arrived early and the driver loaded everyone’s bags and we left on time.All for $11!
In under an hour I was in Denver. From there I jumped on a free mall bus and arrived at the Westin in no time. Parking was worse than I thought at $24 so very glad I did not drive.
My lunch and dinner meetings were downtown so it was an easy walk to both restaurants.
After dinner walked back to the transit center (buses will be moving to Union Station in May) and I took the bus to Boulder for $5.
The trip to Boulder was about 20 minutes longer than driving but it was easy and I was able to stretch out, read and relax.
Staying at the St Julien hotel, I had about a 4 block walk which was very easy with my roller bag. Also, parking was $15 per day.
Two great days of meetings and it was time to head back to the airport for the trip home. I stopped by Starbucks for a coffee to go and took the 2:37pm bus to the airport for $13.
There was a ton of traffic so it was nice to ride versus trying to drive. The hour bus ride was about 25 minutes longer than driving but probably a was once I had to stop for gas and return the car to the lot.
All in all, it was a very easy process and very economical. While my budget was $209, the real cost with parking would have been $249. My total cost was $29. A savings of $220!
It was great to keep that in my pocket to cover my other travel expenses.
“Get the wheels turning” LA Times 1/25/2014
LA has been experimenting with new ways of opening the city to alternate forms of transportation (funny how walking and biking are now considered alternative!). The program has been a boon to various areas of LA where people are congregating and enjoying the city in very new ways.
The future of LA is dependent upon people discovering the treasures that lie hidden throughout the city and start to rebuild community by sharing life together, once again. The successful cities have an identity and culture that pulls people together. Our culture has been one of dreams and success, yet the bubble of cars and our silos of life have left us alone and separate.
More events like the CicLAvia will help transform our city, our attitudes and culture. Let’s all get out and walk and ride on April 6th between Downtown and the Miracle Mile. Let’s rediscover the majesty of Los Angeles!
I am heading off to Colorado tomorrow and traditionally I would rent a car. Since we are committed to transforming transportation I will take every opportunity to test our existing mass transit solutions.
Here is my goal:
Save money and measure the hassle and time factors.
The cost of the rental car is $165 + $24 in gas & $20 in parking. How far under $209 can I go?
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