Over the weekend an interesting blog found me called The Bus Bench. While checking out their site I found a depressing series on the state of escalators at Metro Stations. Because I haven't used Metro rail services outside of Vermont/Beverly, Union Station and Civic Center, I wasn't aware what an epidemic broken escalators are in LA today. Maybe Metro should think about sinking $30 million into a fund to make their stations more accessible instead of less so....
For those interested in reading the whole series (at least the whole series thus far) follow the links below.
Link to all stories
Dead MTA Escalators surveys
Dead Escalator Surveys: Sat, 05 Jan 2008
Dead Escalators-Report Three: 07 January 2008
Dead Escalator- Report Four: 08 Jan 2008
Report Five: 09 January 2008
Report Six: 10 January 2008
The second link is one of my personal favorites. The author compares people like me, transit advocates that own and may occasionally drive a car, as "like being part of the DARE program and smoking just a little pot." While I don't agree with that opinion (or else I would sell the car or just shut up and go away) I do have to admit, there's something to that line of reasoning....