There’s presently a seven mile gap in the L.A. River bike path as the river travels through downtown Los Angeles. Good news: the L.A. Department of Transportation is seeking a $5 million grant from the feds to bridge that gap with on-street bikeways, as well as build five miles of river path in the San Fernando Valley and 20 miles of lanes to connect neighborhoods to the path. In total the project is expected to cost $18 million. DOT will ask the L.A. City Council to match a federal grant with some of the city’s Measure R local return dollars that are dedicated to bike and pedestrian programs.
Advocates are ramping up their calls for greater investment in the nation’s transportation infrastructure, trying to get the ear of a Congress that has kicked the transpo can down the road for the last two years. What better way to do that than by pointing out urgent structural concerns facing bridges all across the country? Here’s the key quote with respect to L.A. County: “Using a 2010 federal database, the group’s analysis also found that of the nation’s 69,223 bridges classified as structurally deficient…Los Angeles County is home to 91 of the 99 busiest.”
Five ways market research paints bright future for public transit (DC Streetsblog)
Writer Carolyn Szczepanski highlights five cultural, political or demographic forces that suggest transit will continue grow in importance in the American transportation ecosystem. There are two that I find most interesting: One, America’s population continues to grow quite rapidly — somewhat unique among developed countries — and is expected to hit 400 million people by 2050. Two, Generation Y — those born between 1982 and 1994 — tend to be much more interested in living in walkable urban communities and less so about owning a big house in a car-oriented suburb.