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.
I’m back from vacation and catching up on the past week’s news between the Orange Line opening, the passage of part of the America Fast Forward program by Congress, the Legislature’s vote to begin funding high-speed rail and the record-of-decision by the FTA on the Regional Connector’s environmental studies. Here are a few stories in today’s headlines and I’ll play catch-up on some of the other news that involves Metro.
LAX makes plans for arrival of space shuttle (Daily Breeze)
The Endeavour is scheduled to arrive in late September and then make its way through city streets to its new home at the California Science Center in mid-October. The Science Center, of course, is adjacent to the new Expo Line. Also, CicLAvia moved its fall date to Oct. 7 to clear the way for the space shuttle move the next weekend, reports Curbed LA.
L.A. — transit’s promised land (L.A. Times)
In this op-ed piece, transit activist Taras Grescoe argues that Metro and Los Angeles’ reputation is at an all-time high among transit scholars because of the recent opening of new projects and those that are in the pipeline. Excerpt:
The key, in a city with L.A.’s mix of ethnicity, languages and economic classes, is not to get caught up in turf wars. In city after city, I’ve seen how transit too often gets mired in ideology, when the discussion really needs to be about mobility — what works. A metropolis of Los Angeles’ standing deserves as much rail transit as it can get.
Inside Beverly Hills — subway update (Inside Beverly Hills)
Beverly Hills newspaper columnist Rudy Cole interviews Beverly Hills Unified School Board Member Lewis Hall on the dispute over the Westside Subway Extension. Hall talks a lot about the studies done by Metro and intimates that the agency didn’t do much actual study of the soils in the area. If you would like to read Metro’s reports for yourself, here is the link to the many reports and Metro’s responses to the work done by Beverly Hills.