Transportation headlines, Tuesday, August 24

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Boxer renews commitment to Villaraigosa’s 30/10 transit plan (L.A. Times)

The L.A. Times covers yesterday’s 30/10 ’roundtable’ by focusing on Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is defending her seat from Republican rival Carly Fiorina. Boxer said that 30/10 will be “a template for the nation.” Fiorina has also expressed support for the initiative.

High-Speed-Rail Costs Irk States (Wall Street Journal)

Some states are not so crazy about high-speed rail after the federal government introduced a requirement that they pay 20% of the cost. After this news, applications for high-speed rail grants dropped steeply as many state simply couldn’t find the funds to pay their share.

Today’s musical interlude: Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore by the Harry Nilsson. The message of this song may be losing relevance these days – it seems like more and more people are starting to care about the railroads – but its nostalgic melody and lyrics will no doubt make you want to support any way to accelerate bringing rail back (ahem… 30/10).

Expo Phase 1’s Walk Score (Straight Outta Suburbia)

The Straight Outta Suburbia blog takes its Walk Score survey of Metro Rail to a line currently under construction – Expo Phase 1. It fares decently, garnering a mean score of 79.3 (very walkable) putting it just beyond the Gold Line in terms of walkability. Downtown, USC and the Venice/Robertson station at the current terminus of the line really helped boost the score.