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.
Texas commission approves 85 mph speed limit for toll road (Austin Statesman)
The state Transportation Commission, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, approved an 85 mph speed limit for a new toll road opening this fall between Austin and San Antonio that is intended to be an alternative to crowded I-35. Some critics say that based on prior studies, the change will likely lead to more accidents and deaths on the road. The change also means that the state of Texas will receive a larger share of toll revenues — potentially $33 million more than if the speed limit was 80 or below — per the deal with the contractor that will operate the road.
Waxman on the Westside Subway Extension (Beverly Hills Patch)
In an interview, Rep. Henry Waxman — who has been in Congress since 1975 — answers questions about his views on the Westside Subway Extension and the prospect of tunneling under parts of the Beverly Hills High School campus, which is in his district. Excerpt:
Patch: Do you support or oppose plans to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School as part of the Westside Subway Extension?
Waxman: I wrote the Metropolitan Transportation Authority a letter about Beverly Hills High School and I said that they have to take safety as their No. 1 concern. [The MTA] reported back that they see the risks in tunneling under Beverly Hills High School but they saw greater risks taking an alternative route.
I’ve looked to the experts, again, on the technology and at the MTA. They had a very difficult choice and they made the choice to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. This will be tested further, the safety questions, in the courts. I want that question exhaustively studied.
I support the system and I’ll continue to fight for funds for the system, but where the system goes is up to the MTA, not Congress.
After 60 years, 710 fight goes on (Pasadena Star News)
Although the SR 710 study has eliminated seven of 12 alternatives for a project to improve traffic in the area around the 710 gap, some longtime freeway opponents say the fight is not over — especially if the project becomes a tunnel. There’s almost nothing in the story about other alternatives still under study, including light rail, bus rapid transit, traffic signal improvements and the no-build option.