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.
Kings parade and rally to be held Thursday in downtown L.A. (The Daily News)
In case you missed the news: The L.A. Kings are the 2012 Stanley Cup Champs. As per tradition, there will be a celebratory parade held on Thursday at 12 noon. The Kings have announced that the parade will travel from 5th Street and Figueroa down Figueroa to Staples Center. It’s safe to say some bus service will be impacted, so stay tuned for more info on that. If you’re planning to attend, Metro Rail and Metrolink are great options for avoiding traffic en route to downtown.
Price Points: L.A. transformation (Spacing Vancouver)
Former Vancouver city counselor Gordon Price shares with is readers the story of Measure R and what he anticipates it will mean for the region. Price calls it a chance for L.A. to become a “Post-Motordom” city, one where transit is a viable option for most Angelenos. Price also highlights where Measure R fits in the region’s rich history of supporting public infrastructure:
[As] political science professor and historian Steve Erie points out, this is in fact the norm for the people of the Southland. From 1873, when they gave a huge whack of dough to the Southern Pacific Railway to get them into town, to the creation of a harbour at San Pedro, to the famous water and power projects associated with the name Mulholland (and dark conspiracies), to the airport and highways, ”the foundational base of LA is public support for infrastructure .”
Want to increase cycling? Sharrows won’t cut it (Streetsblog.net)
Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt highlights frustrations in San Diego that the city has put too much emphasis on installing sharrows — those roadway markings that instruct drivers to share the lane — and not enough of on bike lanes, protected lanes and paths. Studies suggest that those latter interventions are what actually make potential riders feels safe enough to take to the street on two wheels.