Transportation headlines, Friday, Oct. 19

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.

The design for the new 6th Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River. Rendering: HNTB.

HNTB chosen as winner of 6th Street Bridge (Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa)

The existing viaduct needs to be replaced because of structural issues. I think the new design is nicer than the old one. I also think a lot of work needs to be done on the river and the area surrounding the bridge.

Patsaouras Plaza busway station hits snag (L.A. Streetsblog)

A problem with the bids submitted to build the bus platform for the Silver Line along the south side of the plaza could threaten a hopeful completion date of 2014. All three bids were overbudget.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich joins Beverly Hills, L.A. groups in coalition to defeat Measure J (Beverly Hills Courier)

Coverage of Thursday’s news conference outside Metro headquarters by the Coalition to Defeat Measure J. The news article says the coalition is fighting against what the reporters call Metro’s “lies and broken promises.”

Woman in wheelchair dies of injuries suffered in fall on Metro escalator (L.A. Times)

Coverage of a tragic accident at the Red Line’s Hollywood & Highland station on Tuesday afternoon. An investigation is underway; an elevator at the station was out of service at the time. And please — under no circumstance should wheelchairs attempt to use escalators. If you see someone attempt this, please dissuade them and, if need be, contact the authorities for help.

S.F. Transbay Terminal skyscraper gets final approvals (San Francisco Chronicle)

The 1,071-foot building — more than 200 feet higher than the Transamerica Pyramid — cleared its final hurdle with the city’s Planning Commission. Funding, however, remains an issue, although proponents say having entitlements in place could help attract the dollars needed. Despite concerns over the new building’s size, bulk and shadows it will cast — brrr! — city officials say the tower will provide needed office space near (and above) transit. The Transbay Terminal is the planned home to San Francisco’s high-speed rail hub provided the bullet train project gets the funding to get there.


2 replies

  1. I had a chance a couple of weeks ago to see the models and the presentation boards for the 6th St. project concepts. The HNTB design was -the- best. One of the great things that it will do well is, integrate with the work being done to make the LA River a living part of the City again. This is just one of many projects that are contributing to this long term effort.

    The focus on and utility for pedestrians (both those trying to get somewhere and those looking to stroll) for this design is much better than some of the other ideas. Hopefully when it is done, the LA Marathon looks at using it in the running of the race.