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 Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.
U.S. gas prices hover at record-high levels (Los Angeles Times)
In case any of us have been lulled into a false sense of well-being where gas prices are concerned — they seem to be down, at least compared with a couple of months ago — the news is that they actually are up. (Are we surprised?) Blame what’s said to be the improving economy, which is boosting demand for oil and driving up pump prices. The result is that last month turned out to be the most expensive January ever at U.S. gasoline pumps. Would someone please tell Congress about this as it hashes out proper support for public transit?
A closer look at congestion pricing on the Bay Bridge (Berkeley Transportation Letter)
As congestion pricing approaches our region, this interesting short piece on the effect of raising tolls on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge tells us something about how commuters react when driving convenience is pitted against monetary cost. In short: Commuters generally responded in a logical and frugal way that can be very useful in regulating traffic, although whether it is best for the environment — at least in this illustration — is subject for debate.
Just before the city’s redevelopment agency was dissolved by the state last week, the Culver City city council closed a deal with a developer for a 5.2 acre site adjacent to the Culver City Expo Line station. The city put out a request for proposals on Jan. 25 and finalized the deal five days later, according to the Los Angeles Wave. The development is to include a mix of housing, office, retail and restaurant use surrounding a large central open space amenity and connect seamlessly with the new station and the emerging Washington National Transit Oriented Development District with public plazas, outdoor dining and a strong retail edge to encourage pedestrian activity.
12 freeways to watch … cuz they might be gone soon (StreetsBlog DC)
The Congress for New Urbanism has released a list of “Freeways Without Futures,” 12 transportation anachronisms that really ought to be put out of their misery. Most of us will probably recognize a few, even though none are in Southern Cal, but for all of us the list is a reminder that roads that no longer contribute to healthy traffic patterns should be mended or augmented. Can you think of any close to home?