U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood doesn’t disagree with the selection of “distracted driving” as the word of the year for 2009 by the Webster’s New College Dictionary. And he wants 2010 to be the year that problem is put to rest. I appreciate his optimism but I think it’s going to take more than a federal website to stop the dude in the car next to me from playing Scrabble with his Facebook sweetie.
Rand researcher Paul Sorensen makes that case at NewGeography that charging people to drive some roads is the best option in the L.A. metro area to reduce congestion. Why? The area already has a dense network of roads and there’s little room or appetite to build more roads. The most intriguing argument he makes is that in most regions, the amount of driving per capita tends to drop as the region grows denser. But our metro area has bucked that trend, the reason that more severe steps need to be taken.
I’ve been impressed with the resurgence of downtown Denver in recent years and it appears the city is getting another boost with a $500-million plan to renovate and greatly expand Union Station. The Transport Politic has a nice rendering and the details. The region is in the midst of a massive expansion of light rail, commuter rail and busways, the result of a sales tax increase approved by voters a few years ago. Sound familiar?
The rest of today’s headlines, sponsored by the busy bees at the Metro library, are after the jump.
Caltrans To Report To Public On 710 Tunnel Study
Evaluating Transportation Economic Development Impacts: Understanding How Transport Policy And Planning Decisions Affect Employment, Incomes, Productivity, Competitiveness, Property Values And Tax Revenues (97p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
First Couple Of Public Transportation
For Better Or Worse, Webster’s Word Of The Year 2009: Distracted Driving
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog
Funding Problems Could Delay 7th St. Freeway Reconfiguration
Long Beach Press-Telegram
A Grand Gateway For Denver’s Transit Users
High-Speed Rail Authority Head To Retire In March
Highway Barriers Stifle Sound, Sight, And Soot
U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Improved Sepulveda Boulevard Makes Its Debut
Los Angeles Times
LA Traffic Tips And Shortcuts
Little Truck, Big Job, For Westside Subway Planning
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 3rd District
Los Angeles Tops List Of 99 Metros Losing Jobs
Los Angeles Business Journal
Public Transit Best Vehicle For Economic Recovery
Progressive States Network
Record Year For Muni Bond Sales Seen As N.Y. MTA Preps Offering (round-up of issuers of Build America Bonds)
Transport Economist Challenges Claim That “VMT Causes Growth” (vehicle miles traveled)
Waiting For Multi-Year Legislation (For cash-strapped state and local governments with critical transportation infrastructure needs, the coming year will be bittersweet)