Transportation headlines, Monday, Jan. 14

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.

ART OF TRANSIT: Metrolink train sets head into Los Angeles Union Station last Thursday afternoon. Click above to see larger on our Flickr page. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

ART OF TRANSIT: Metrolink train sets head into Los Angeles Union Station last Thursday afternoon. Click above to see larger on our Flickr page. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

How to solve traffic jams (Arch Daily) 

Jonas Eliasson, Director of the Centre for Transport Studies at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, says it’s pretty easy: tax the most popular routes and watch congestion suddenly melt away. Watch the video. Of course, there’s the little issue of where that congestion goes to.

CicLAvia 2013: Venice Beach, Fairfax Avenue and downtown L.A. (L.A. Streetsblog)

A detailed look at the three routes that will be used in the trio of CicLAvia’s to be held this year. The first is April 21 and will run along Venice Boulevard from downtown L.A. to Venice Beach — which is awesome — and also means the route will intersect with the Expo Line at the Culver City Station. The CicLAvia on June 23 will run along Wilshire Boulevard between downtown and Fairfax Avenue while the event in October will utilize the routes out of downtown previously used. All sound great.

Mixed-use project underway near future Expo Line station in Palms (L.A. Times) 

The 115-unit building on Motor Avenue will be five stories tall and have apartments and condo units the developer hopes appeals to young professionals. The building will be about one-quarter mile from the Palms station.

4 replies

  1. The article about taxing the most congested roads is absurd.

    Should we then, tax the most crowded Metro 720 bus to reduce overcrowding as well?

  2. LAX has a good point.

    If congested roads were to be taxed, then congested buses should be taxed as well. Or they could make the people who travel farther on the Metro 720 pay more just like how FasTrak lanes are now tolled by depending on the distance for the 110.

  3. Lynne and LAX don’t get it.
    Taxing road use will make alternates, like carpools, vanpools, and transit more attractive. London taxes cars within certain congested areas. It works to keep congestion down and promotes transit. Oslo taxes car entry into the heart of the metro area.

  4. Just a person,

    Why should road use need to be taxed? It’s already paid for with taxes. You’re essentially saying let’s put a tax on a tax. We’ve already have too much taxes. We’re paying 9% in sales tax now! My paycheck is now lower thanks to our idiots in Congress. How much more do you want to rob people hardworking people out of their paychecks?