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.
It is estimated that more than 200 languages are spoken in L.A. County. To help more of these new Angelenos participate in electoral politics, the Los Angeles County’s registrar-recorder’s office is getting ready to add five new languages to the County’s voter information. The five languages to be added are Hindi, Khmer, Thai, Bengali and Gujarati. According to a news release from the registar-recorder, L.A. County is now “the most linguistically diverse jurisdiction in the nation.” The addition of the five Asian languages reflect a demographic shift in California, where between 2000 and 2010 the growth of the Asian American population outpaced Latino population growth. Within the pool of Asians moving to the U.S., Indian Americans represent the fastest growing Asian group in the country.
California lawmakers to consider Gold Line extension (L.A. Times)
In a sign that may signal just how important transit has become to the region, California State Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) has introduced a bill that would authorize the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to go beyond the Los Angeles County line east of Claremont. The measure would also allow Metro to operate part of the Gold Line in San Bernardino County. The bill is necessary because the state law authorizing the line’s extension limits the project to Los Angeles County. Assembywoman Torres hopes to see the line extended from Azusa to Montclair in San Bernardino County. Claremont’s mayor supports the proposed change and wants the Gold Line eventually to connect with Ontario International Airport.
For now there is no funding for additional stations beyond the extension to Azusa currently under construction.
In news that is sure to make Paris bike riders smile and drivers stuck in traffic even angrier, the City of Light is to become one of the first major cities in the world to officially allow cyclists to ride through red lights. The measure, intended to cut down on accidents, is sure to be studied by countless cities worldwide looking to encourage bicycling and get more drivers out of their cars. De toute façon, faites attention…
TSA, the air traveler’s favorite whipping boy, is testing a program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to pass through faster airport security lines. PreCheck has been tested for several months at nine airports, including LAX, and has already been used to screen 336,000 passengers. The program is now scheduled to be expanded to 28 additional airports. To participate, travelers must go to the TSA website, submit background information and receive an identification number which needs to be entered into the reservation when booking a flight.
The Case for Roundabouts: Doing Laps Around the Circle City (Next American City)
Though not very popular in Los Angeles, many cities around the world have long relied on roundabouts as a means of calming traffic while keeping motorized vehicles moving at a safe pace. While acknowledging that roundabouts are not perfect for every intersection, this article argues that roundabouts keep traffic flowing, which is much more energy efficient than stopping, idling and starting at traffic signals. Other benefits are improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists and the opportunity to create aesthetically pleasing center islands.