Transportation headlines, Thursday, Oct. 21

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.

A new Expo Line video (Curbed LA)

The video was produced by Gökhan Esirgen of The Transit Coalition and is a nice mix of contemporary and historical photos.

And the other winners are… (USDOT )

The $546-million federal loan for the Crenshaw/LAX line was not the only federal grant for innovative transit projects announced this week — although it was the largest. Another big winner: Atlanta received a grant for a streetcar project. The city of Los Angeles also received a $16-million grant for a railyard to help get cargo from the port to trains using the Alameda Corridor.

Strong signals on 30/10 from feds (L.A. Streetsblog)

The event yesterday to formally announce the loan for the Crenshaw project was held yesterday. The blog thought the most interesting words came from a federal official who indicated support for the 30/10 Initiative — and in this case had $546 million to back those words up. But support from the Obama Administration won’t be enough to boost the effort to speed the construction of Measure R transit projects. Congress will need to rewrite existing funding laws as part of the next federal transportation bill.