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.
The video made by the PTA in Beverly Hills is soaking in media attention thanks to shots of fireballs consuming the school and warnings from experts that Westside Subway Extension trains would run right through the actual school (to clarify: Metro is considering running trains under the school, not through it). This opinion piece by Times writer Dan Turner compares the video to the Whedon-directed “The Avengers” — and not so favorably — and concludes with this line: “all I can say is that somewhere along the line, logic, perspective, rationality and common sense loaded up the truck and moved out of Beverly Hills.”
It’s not very surprising that the media is in love with the video. Beverly Hills is a city known the world over and it’s not everyday that concerned parents allege the local transit agency is on the verge of blowing up their school.
Over at NBC, reporter Ted Chen did a straight up news piece on the video and interviews some members of the PTA. And, of course, the Beverly Hills Patch has been all over the video — publishing a story last week when the video snared its 3,000th view on YouTube and another story yesterday to report that the L.A. Times used the adjective “dramatic” to describe the video in its news story on the video. The Times’ news story, btw, required the efforts of two reporters. In the meantime, the Times also offers this piece by columnist Patt Morrison, who revisits Beverly Hills’ opposition to the Beverly Hills Freeway that was proposed in the 1950s.
Although he’s only been on the job for 25 months, Fenton was credited with improving the safety culture at — in particular pushing for anti-collision technology to be installed on trains — and boosting ridership and staff morale. Fenton said family issues led to him accepting the chief executive job at Patriot Rail Corp., based in Boca Raton, Fla. Here’s a long interview The Source did with Fenton last year.
City of L.A. widens Expo bike lane at Exposition/Grammercy crossing (LADOT Bike Blog)
The road crosses the tracks at a diagonal angle. To address community concerns, the city of L.A. widened the bike lane to give cyclists a better chance to cross the tracks at a right angle (to prevent tires from catching in the tracks’ wheel well) and narrowed the vehicle lane by two feet.
What about converting the Orange Line to rail? (Ride the Pink Line blog)
Blogger and transit advocate Dan Wentzel takes a smart look at the many issues involved with swapping rail for the current busway. Among them: a state law (known as the Robbins bill) that prohibits any rail along the corridor that is not a subway. Dan also makes a good point that elected officials in the neighboring San Gabriel Valley have effectively fought hard for new rail lines — i.e. the Gold Line Foothill Extension — while things have been relatively quiet in the San Fernando Valley.