Boehner to unveil House transportation spending bill today (Transportation Nation)
The Senate is working on its version of the bill, which includes parts of the America Fast Forward initiative sought by Metro to accelerate transit and road projects. We’ll see what the House has cooked up – I’ll try to post something later today after Metro’s government relations staff has looked at what’s being proposed.
Critic’s notebook: Farmer’s Field falls short (L.A. Times)
Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne has some issues with the new designs for the football stadium that AEG wants to build next to Staples Center. But he also raises this very good point on the positive side:
In terms of its urbanism, AEG’s downtown stadium proposal has always had an oddly innovative streak. Who would have thought that the first truly urban NFL stadium, the first to outwardly reject the primacy of car culture and acres of space for pregame tailgating, would be proposed in Southern California?
Very good post by Portland bike activist Elly Blue on the effectiveness of sharrows — the markings that cities around the U.S. are putting on streets to encourage cyclists and motorists to safely interact in places where there are no bike lanes. Proponents see them as a good first step toward more bike infrastructure. Criticisms fall along the lines that they don’t seem to slow car traffic much and are a better wayfinding tool than safety tool. I liked this paragraph:
Sharrows are popular because they are politically easy — you can almost hear city officials sigh with relief when sharrows are mentioned. On the surface, they seem like a way to please the increasingly vocal bike lobby without ruffling feathers by putting in a bike lane at the expense of car parking or traffic lanes, which are often perceived as being for cars only. And they’re cheap: Sharrows cost only $229 each to install, including labor and materials, while a full-blown bike lane can cost between $5,000 and $60,000 per mile.
Council adds $650,000 to subway fight (Beverly Hills Patch)
The City Council decided to put the money aside to hire consultants and pay for other expenses to prevent Metro from tunneling under part of the Beverly Hills High School campus as part of the Westside Subway Extension project. The money is in addition to the $350,000 the Council had earlier decided to spend on the issue.