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.
Expo Line a sluggish disappointment for commuters (Neon Tommy)
The media finally picked up on some of the issues the Expo Line is having when it comes to being delayed by numerous red lights, particularly between 7th/Metro Center and USC. Here’s the statement the city of Los Angeles Department of Transportation provided Neon Tommy:
“Upon hearing complaints after the Expo Line opened, the Mayor’s Office, Metro and DOT began working on a path forward to better signal timing,” the statement said. “The agencies are piloting new signal phasing on the Expo Line and the Gold Line Eastside to develop a fully implementable plan that will provide faster and more reliable train service. This testing is happening outside of regular service hours so as to not inconvenience riders.”
Metro officials couldn’t say when speeds along the line would improve but did say that safety is the first priority.
Extending Metrolink to downtown San Bernardino (Press-Enterprise)
San Bernardino officials approved environmental studies for a plan to extend Metrolink tracks for one mile to reach a planned transit center in downtown San Bernardino. Trains currently stop at the old Santa Fe depot that is west of the 215 freeway — downtown is on the east side. Two other big projects are in the planning stages in the San Bernardino Valley — a bus rapid transit route between Loma Linda and Cal State S.B. that will stop at the downtown transit center and a possible rail extension to Redlands.
Light rail helps Charlotte avoid Tampa’s traffic woes (Tampa Bay Times)
The popular LYNX light rail line in Charlotte is getting a workout this week with the Democratic National Convention in town. In Tampa last week, buses were used to ferry delegates and visitors around the region. One Republican from Florida says that buses are more appropriate for conventions and, besides, sighting a rail line in Tampa would be too difficult.