I started my grazing of today’s transpo headlines close to home: Pasadena is looking for ways to reduce traffic, according to the Star News. Traffic on several major streets is up, bus use is down and no one is sure what should be done next. Raise the price of parking to encourage people not to drive? Add bus service? Build a $100-million streetcar? Here’s my brilliant idea: improve the timing of traffic lights, which frequently seem to be completely out-of-whack.
There’s a good interview with Metro CEO Art Leahy in the Downtown News. Leahy tackles several issues, including the cost and benefits of the downtown connector, increasing residential density near transit stops and declining sales tax receipts. He also repeats his oft-told joke about taking transit to see USC beat UCLA in football whether it be at the Coliseum or Rose Bowl. The Source would like to remind Mr. Leahy that the worm always turns. See: Bearcats, University of Cincinnati.
Here’s an add to the list: a post at L.A. Streetsblog from last week on the service cuts being considered by Metrolink. Transit advocates review the numbers and say that some trains being cut still carry 80 to 125 people and many of those trains are carrrying people who have transfered from other lines to reach their final destination.
The rest of today’s headlines, courtesy the Metro library, are after the jump.
32 Rail Companies Commit To Expanding In U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan
As Promised, Sharrows Appear In Hermosa Beach
Broadway Streetscape Renderings Published
Bullet Train Here Years Ago (San Bernardino’s historic role in “high-speed” rail, ca. 1934)
Cities Mull Joining Forces (proposed San Fernando Council of Governments)
Glendale News Press
Crenshaw Corridor Transportation Debate Continues (video)
Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report
For Metrolink, It’s A 6% Fare Hike Vs. Major Service Cuts
High Speed Rail On Track To Turn Into Next Big Flop
High-Speed Rail To Be A US Job-Growth Engine
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog
L.A. Metro’s “Source” Takes Media Into Its Own Hands
Local Governments Offer Data To Miners
New York Times
Pasadena Looks For Ways To Reduce Traffic, But Its Options Are Few
Pennies And Minutes With Art Leahy: Metro Chief Talks About Shaping The Future Of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Downtown News
Promoting The Car Phone, Despite Risks
New York Times
Take The (A) Train: Your Name Here On Metro
Transit Tip: Check Your DASH Sign For Stop Number
U.S. DOT Has $1.5 Billion For Livable Communities
New Urban News