The L.A. Times’ Steve Lopez drives a deputy mayor’s Hummer to work — the deputy mayor takes the subway and beats Lopez in a race to City Hall. The race isn’t the highlight of the column. Rather it’s Lopez once again calling for more programs that would discourage people from driving as much, including raising the gas tax and charging people more to drive at rush hour. Lopez remains skeptical that the region can build its way out of its traffic mess by constructing more rail lines.
Remember the $8 billion the Obama administration recently handed to 13 high-speed rail projects around the country, including the Anaheim-to-San Francisco proposed line in California? ABC News notes that the $8 billion isn’t enough to finish any of the lines and that it’s unclear who pays the rest of the $60 billion to $100 billion that the 13 projects will actually cost.
New Geography takes a look at a trend discovered by the New York Times last summer: less than half of federal transportation stimulus funding is going to the largest 100 metro areas in the United States. Instead, state lawmakers have funneled that money largely to rural areas for projects that in some cases seem to have dubious economic merit. Hmmm.
The rest of today’s transportation headlines, compiled by the Metro library, are waiting for your perusal after the jump.
Amtrak Plans $11 Billion Of Train Equipment Purchases
Beyond The Motor City: High Speed Rail America
PBS Blueprint America
Bike Boulevards: The SLO Solution
Cal High-Speed Rail Agency Looking To Korea For Planning Advice
San Francisco Examiner
Commentary: High-Speed Rail: Make Use Of The Wait Time
Las Vegas Sun
Light Rail A Step Closer To Reality
Santa Monica Daily Press
The Plane Or The Train? Comparing Travel Options In An HSR Era
California High Speed Rail Blog
Privatized Transit And (Or Vs.) The Public Good
Reforming Anti-Urban Bias In Transportation Spending
Risks Are Seen In L.A.’s Plan To Privatize Parking Structures
Los Angeles Times
Students Voice Support For Phase Two Of Expo Line
USC Daily Trojan
TIGER Grant Winners To Be Announced By February 17
Transit Advocates Discuss Financial Crisis
Orange County Register