Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Nov. 17

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.

New York subway going to New Jersey? (New York Times)

The No. 7 train runs above ground in Queens. Photo by Kriston Lewis, via Flickr.

New York City officials have quietly been exploring a plan to extend the No. 7 train from Manhattan to Seacaucus, New Jersey, the first time the New York subway would reach beyond city limits. The No. 7 is already being extended to 34th and 11th Avenue and a subway tunnel under the Hudson is estimated to cost half as much as the ARC tunnel that would have built two new tunnels under the Hudson for New Jersey Transit commuter rail trains.

That tunnel was recently squelched by New Jersey’s governor despite the $3 billion in federal funding it was set to receive to help offset its $11-billion cost. The 7 train expansion would connect to New Jersey Transit and serve the same purpose — greatly increasing rail capacity to and from Manhattan while allowing for single seat rides from Queens to New Jersey. Whether Bloomberg’s plan will gain traction is an unknown and whether the city could get hold of the money intended for the ARC tunnel remains a question mark. If the $3 billion in fed funding for that project is freed up, L.A. Transit officials would certainly be interested in grabbing some of those dollars.

Katz steps down from high-speed rail board (L.A. Times)

Richard Katz, a member of the board of directors for Metro and Metrolink, is stepping down from the board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Dec. 1. The state’s Legislative Counsel recently said that working on both the state and local agencies was incompatible because of the possibility of issues in which the agencies don’t agree. Katz said he doesn’t agree with that opinion but didn’t want to risk his work on local transit projects.

Storing subway cars in downtown L.A. (blogdowntown)

The city of L.A. wants Lucky Jeans to build its new headquarters on a parcel of land near the Los Angeles River. It’s also the same parcel that Metro has been eyeing for an expansion of its subway maintenance yard necessitated by expanding the subway west.

What’s the best bus route in America? (Good)

The 720 on Wilshire Boulevard gets a nod in this online contest for being representative of the city’s diversity, but many of the other nominees are based on the scenery along their routes. The San Diego area, San Franciso and Hawaii also receive mentions in this contest.