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.
How UCLA aced its traffic test (Zev’s Blog)
Each morning I take the Big Blue Bus #8 to class at UCLA. And judging by the robust patronage, I’m not surprised to hear that UCLA is succeeding at encouraging campus commuters to take alternatives to the car. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s blog delves into the important question: How did UCLA manage to increase its enrollment and building square footage over 20 years without increasing the number of car trips onto campus?
U.S. PIRG report: Young Americans dump cars for bikes, buses (D.C. Streetsblog)
Perhaps the decline in driving among American youth has something to do with UCLA’s success? A new report from the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) finds some intriguing/exciting trends in youth travel. Here’s a particularly juicy quote from the report: “From 2001 to 2009, the annual number of vehicle miles traveled by young people (16 to 34-year-olds) decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles per capita—a drop of 23 percent.” Meanwhile, transit use is up 100 percent over that same span for those with household incomes over $70,000. In the longer run, it’ll be good to keep an eye on how much the recession affected some of those travel trends, or if we’re seeing a more fundamental shift.
First look at Farmer’s Field traffic EIR: The good, the bad and the ugly (L.A. Streetsblog)
Now that the Farmer’s Field EIR is out and we’ve all had a little time to digest it, Streetsblog’s Damien Newton lays out what he considers to be promising and troubling about the proposal. While he’s heartened to see AEG willing to contribute some serious money to expand the Blue and Expo Line station at Pico, he’s concerned about the 101 Freeway expansion proposal — namely that it will just encourage more driving. For more analysis of AEG transportation plans, give a listen to Warren Olney’s discussion of it on the KCRW program “Which Way L.A.?”