For Friday’s column, I write about traveling the breadth of the Metro rail network, Azusa to Santa Monica, for dinner. It was a long night, but a cheap one. Above, a view of the pavement mentioned in the column, which gives a sense of the effect. Even in the photo, it appears to rise and fall, but it’s flat, really.
Update: Metro’s transportation blog The Source linked to my column with some commentary about the length of my journey compared to NYC rail lines and about (eventual) ways such a trip will be marginally faster. I like the Google map too.
In Chicago, Champaign and St. Louis, I got around on a surprising (even to me) forms of transit, including several types of trains and buses. I devote Sunday’s column to the topic. Above, an L train shortens the Chicago Theatre blade sign into something fashionable.
Friday’s column starts off with reaction to my column last week about traveling by train to Camarillo. (I’m getting faster — two days ago I was printing comments about a mid-January column.) After that, a clutch of Culture Corner items, plus a plug for this blog.
What did I do on my week off? The highlight was an extended Metrolink trip: Not merely from home to L.A., but from L.A. to Ventura County. (And back — see photo above.) I tell how it went and how it was scheduled, which was no easy feat, in my Wednesday column.
In Sunday’s column: a Metrolink crime blotter; RC’s Metrolink parking fee rubs some the wrong way; news from Upland (including a Beckham sighting); and a John Wayne movie mentions San Dimas.
At the end of Wednesday’s column on Metrolink cutting the 11 p.m. weekday train from L.A. to San Bernardino, I mention the Red Car trolley schedule from 1914. Below is the full schedule as taken from the July 12, 1914 San Bernardino Daily Sun. (It’s unclear if the weekend schedule was the same or different.) Read more about the Red Cars on Wikipedia’s entry here; the photo above is from Wikipedia too.
SAN BERNARDINO TO LOS ANGELES (times leaving SB/arriving in LA)
6:38 a.m./8:55 a.m.
8:08 a.m./10:30 a.m.
10:05 a.m./12:31 p.m.
1:05 p.m./3:21 p.m.
4:05 p.m./6:30 p.m.
5:08 p.m./7:25 p.m.
7:30 p.m./9:19 p.m.
10:28 p.m./12:53 a.m.
LOS ANGELES TO SAN BERNARDINO (times leaving LA/arriving in SB)
3 a.m./5:22 a.m.
7:20 a.m./9:10 a.m.
9 a.m./11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m./2:05 p.m.
2:15 p.m./4:35 p.m.
4:23 p.m./6:40 p.m.
7:10 p.m./9:29 p.m.
11:15 p.m./1:41 a.m.
As a point of comparison, here’s the Metrolink schedule for the San Bernardino Line: more trains than 1914, and faster travel times (faster trains and/or fewer stops), but clumped together at rush hours rather than spaced out over 24 hours.
Starting Oct. 1, the last weekday Metrolink train from L.A. back to San Bernardino will leave at 9:30 p.m. because the 11 p.m. train will be axed. Three other weekday trains will also be cut to save money. Naturally this is a near-and-dear issue to yours truly. Wednesday’s column explains the whys and wherefores.
I visited LACMA back on Jan. 4 and wrote an item about it the next week but haven’t had space to present it until now, what with one thing or another. Almost two weeks late, but still of interest, I hope. After all, LACMA is still there. Besides the public transit trip, I have items from many of our cities. Read Friday’s column for more.
Sunday’s column is about another public transit adventure, this time to downtown L.A. and, thankfully, back, although the MTA wasn’t much help in that regard.
Metrolink’s cancellation of its Holiday Toy Express train is the leadoff item in my Sunday column. Following are vignettes and culture corner items about such topics as the Kaiser Steel tower, the movie “Enough Said” and a state senator’s surprise resignation. And I close with an item about three readers who can’t come up with my name.