Where the Buses are Clean and Safe and the Trains are On-Time

New Metro CEO Phil Washington Shares His Vision for Transit in L.A. County

“Finish the job.”

That was the focused message of Phillip Washington, the new CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), before a standing-room-only audience a Zócalo/Metro event at the Plaza on Olvera Street.

Washington, who came to Los Angeles three and a half months ago after years of heading Denver’s Regional Transportation District, spoke passionately about the need for Los Angeles to finish the build-out of its transportation infrastructure under Measure R—and for the country as a whole to devote far more attention and money to infrastructure.

To that …

Trains Are Great! But What L.A. Needs Are Bus Lanes

Seven Transportation Experts Push for a Bolder and More Inclusive Transportation System

“Nobody walks in L.A.,” or so goes the 1984 song by Missing Persons. That refrain is an exaggeration, of course, but L.A. is ranked below other cities in walkability and …

Evening Song

My song will rest while I rest. I struggle along. I’ll get back to the corn and
the open fields. Don’t fret, love, I’ll come out all …

Writer Tom Zoellner

Railroad Car Confessions

Tom Zoellner is the author of five nonfiction books, the most recent of which is Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World—from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief, …

Legal Scholar Ethan Elkind

Ethan Elkind is associate director of UC Berkeley and UCLA’s climate change and business program, with a joint appointment at both universities’ law schools. He is also the author of …

Southwest Airlines Is Failing California

Its Flights Are More Expensive and Less Reliable. Is Travel Across This Big State Destined to Be Miserable?

I may have to take back everything bad I ever said about California’s high-speed rail project.

This thought ran through my head as I stood one morning last week at Gate …