The Texas Rangers play in Arlington, a city of 380,000 wedged between Dallas and Fort Worth — and a city without public transit. The Rangers ballpark, I believe, is one of the only Major League ballparks in the country without transit service — except for this trolley service for hotel guests — a distinction shared at times in recent years by the Dodgers until the advent of the Dodger Express bus between Union Station and Dodger Stadium. In San Francisco, a light rail line stops less than 100 yards from the ballpark entrance and there’s also bus and ferry service to games.
Pro football coming to downtown L.A.? (Daily News)
The folks at AEG — who own Staples Center and L.A. Live — say they can soon have deals in place to build a new football stadium/entertainment center adjacent to the L.A. Convention Center. No word yet on exactly who the teams will be, although media reports have frequently mentioned the Jacksonville Jaguars as a candidate for relocation. A competing effort has entitlements in place to build a stadium in the City of Industry. Either way, it seems wheels are in motion to ensure that the L.A. area has three giant football stadiums — the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl and whatever may get built in downtown or City of Industry. At least the downtown stadium would be near mass transit.
High-speed rail project is pork (Washington Post)
An opinion piece by Robert Samuelson alleges that the bullet train project in California — and high-speed rail projects in other states — wouldn’t serve enough people to make a dent in the state’s oil consumption, greenhouse gases or traffic. Sameulson, however, doesn’t get into the very interesting debate in some transpo circles about whether the billions the Obama Administration is spending on high-speed inter-city rail would have a greater impact if spent on urban mass transit.