Great Moments in 21st Century California Infrastructure: “Three Buses On Fire At LAX”
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Los Angeles International Airport dates, like Dodger Stadium and much else in Southern California, to the early 1960s. It was a pretty cool airport in 1962. Lately …

A few months ago, LAX decided to keep Uber and Lyft and the like from driving up to the terminals. Now you are supposed to take a shuttle bus to a parking lot, called LAXit, to get your ride. That sounds pretty simple, right? Well, for various reasons, it seems to take only slightly less time than Brexit itself.

And then last night, December 21st, one of the busiest travel days of the year:

Nobody was hurt, evidently, but two shuttle buses in the LAXit parking lot were completely gutted by fire and a third badly damaged.

At this rate, when they finally finish the High Speed Rail in 2059, the first train will crash into the Golden Gate Bridge and sink it.

By the way, you may recall me boring you over the last decade+ with progress reports on the giant trench in the street near my house as the LA Department of Water & Power installed a new water main to replace the century old one built by William Mulholland in 1914 (see Chinatown for a fictionalized version) using mules and men with shovels. During the 7 years and 11 months from October 2008 to September 2016 that there was a 20 foot deep trench down the middle of the street, I managed not to drive into it.

Tonight I noticed that the LADWP is still working in a trench on the same street at Magnolia Blvd. (see Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie) about a mile or two away, a mere 11 years and 2 months after they started.

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