Transportation Headlines, Monday, Nov. 2

Welcome to November readers, here are today’s transportation headlines to get your month started with lots of tasty transportation tidbits to chew on, courtesy of the Metro library. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of coverage on the Gold Line Eastside Extension after last Friday’s media preview ride.

The LA Eastside Blog has a fantastic write up with tons of pictures to boot. The writer, El Random Hero, even caught Gloria Molina calling out her safety issues to Metro CEO Art Leahy.

The L.A. Times follows Armando Ybarra, a 70-year old Eastside native, as he rides the Gold Line Extension and recalls the community building spirit of streetcars he used to ride to school as a teenager.  His thoughts on the new line? “I felt really good about it.”

Blogdowntown ponders whether Downtown residents will use the line, noting that it will be a lot easier for Downtowners to take advantage of once the Regional Connector is built. Commenters on the blog overwhelmingly seem eager to ride, Regional Connector or not.

Curbed LA caught up with Mayor Villaraigosa and got his recommendation for the best restaurant along the line: La Serenata De Garibaldi.

The Bus Bench blog has more first-person video from the motorman’s cab.

The rest of today’s headlines, including (gasp!) some about stuff other than the Gold Line, after the jump.

50 Years Ago: Bunker Hill Funds Approved
Blog Downtown

Announcing: The Gold Line Eastside Safety Ride
LA Streetsblog

Biking Plan Meetings: Not AS Sucky As Last Year
Curbed LA

Breaking News: Contract Talks Between Metro, AnsaldoBreda Break Off Rail Car Contract Goes to Bid
LAStreetsblog

Boyle Heights Will Be No Wilshire Blvd (But It Will Offer Tasty Tacos)
Curbed LA

Council Raises Concerns About Expansion Of Expo Yard
Santa Monica Daily Press

Mayor On Rail Projects: We Can Build All Twelve In A Decade
Curbed LA

MTA’s Rail Car Contract Falls Apart At Last Minute, Scuttling Hundreds Of Jobs
Los Angeles Times

MTA To Discuss Extending Light Rail To Harbor Area
Daily Breeze

My Ride On The LA Eastside Linea De Oro
LA Eastside

Ontario Leaders Seeking Airport Options
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Recalling The Yellow Cars While Riding The Gold Line Extension
Los Angeles Times

Two O.C. Toll Road Operators To Forgive Fines
Los Angeles Times

Villaraigosa Announces Coalition To Speed Up Measure R Transit Construction
LA Streetsblog