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.
Going back to the early 1960s, the author was a big-time supporter of criss-crossing the L.A. region with monorails. His enthusiasm started with a proposal from a firm in the early 1960s to spend $105 million building a monorail system in L.A. in exchange for the rights to collect fares from it — a proposal shunned by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
For more background on monorails, transit writer Jarrett Walker has a good discussion of some of their limitations from a transit operations and urban design standpoint.
Good article on the history of the L.A. River bike ride, which takes place this Sunday. There’s also more bike paths coming to the river — the 1.5-mile West Valley Bike Path is scheduled to open later this year and four miles of bike path along the new Orange Line Extension parallels the river course.
Foothill Transit expected to drop fares for Silver Streak bus (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
Foothill Transit is expected on Friday to cut 30 cents from the Silver Streak’s fare — from $2.75 to $2.45 — to complete with Metro’s Silver Line. The Silver Streak runs between Montclair and downtown L.A. and competes with Metro’s Silver Line for passengers between El Monte and downtown. Problem is, the Silver Streak has been losing passengers to the Silver Line, which already has a $2.45 fare. In addition, there’s this good news: Foothill Transit is expected to begin accepting Metro passes on the Silver Streak and vice versa, Metro will accept Foothill Transit passes on the Silver Line.