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.