Transportation headlines, Thursday, April 8

Here’s a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog. Don’t forget you can also follow the Metro Library on Facebook and Twitter.

Local Transportation Projects Could Create 500,000 Jobs & $68.8 Billion, Study Finds (LAist)

A new report by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation finds that Measure R projects could be a huge boost to the local economy – creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and up to $68.8 billion in economic output. The largest number of jobs and economic output would come from highway projects – not surprising considering that the majority of Measure R spending (66%) is allocated to these types of projects.

China Offers High-Speed Rail to California (New York Times)

Chinese officials – longtime leaders in high-speed rail construction – are offering to build and help finance California’s high speed rail ambitions. China’s rail ministry is renowned for its speed and low costs in construction but it could face challenges in the U.S. as it must deal with labor unions and politicians who work for votes. California officials say China could provide much of the private financing the high-speed rail project calls for.

Sharing the road in the UK (CNN)

Oxford Circus is a busy intersection in London that sees about 40,000 pedestrians per hour and crossing the street has historically been a cramped and dangerous affair. But recently London planners spent over $7 million to revamp the intersection and create a diagonal crossing that prioritizes pedestrians. The changes have transformed Oxford Circus and created over 70% more space for pedestrians.