Mayor’s 30/10 Initiative moves foward (L.A. Times)
Columnist Tim Rutten says that 30/10 is probably Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s best proposals to date, as it would jump-start the local job scene by building 30 years of transit projects in the next 10 years. But Rutten notes that 30/10 is innovative and still needs Congressional approval. But what initially appeared to be the longest of long shots, Rutten notes, now has a real chance of becoming reality.
Where are Brown and Whitman on transportation issues? (L.A. Streetsblog)
Damien Newton takes a look at where the candidates for governor stand on transportation and finds that neither has said much. Newton does not that as attorney general, Brown defended the proposed Transbay Terminal for the state’s proposed high-speed rail project. One key difference has emerged: Brown approves of the state’s climate change legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has opposed efforts to delay it and Whitman has said that she wants to delay implementation.
More scooters on road could mean more deadly accidents (Chicago Tribune)
Sales of scooters are booming thanks to new, cheaper models from China and Taiwan — some of which are priced for less than $1,000
– far less than more expensive and better-known brands such as Vespa. In Illinois, the number of scooters on the road has about quadrupled in the past four years and traffic safety experts fear that less experienced riders could be headed for trouble. Traffic accident data, however, has not yet shown that to be a problem.
LaHood reaffirms new policy helping cyclists and pedestrians (Welcome to the Fast Lane blog)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the U.S. Department of Transportation needs to also help cyclists and pedestrians get around, thus the recent policy change saying cycling and pedestrian facilities should be included in new federal projects. And he points out that the cost of improving more than 2,000 miles of a bike lane that runs across the East Coast is the same as building a single freeway bridge over a river.