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 2012 peak ozone concentrations in our region were the lowest ever measured in the South Coast Air Basin, according to a new report, which further states that in 2000, there were 30 unhealthy days in Los Angeles County versus 11 in 2012. And yet the South Coast Air Quality Management District is (prudently) requesting tougher restrictions on wood burning in open pits and fireplaces as well as cleaner ports and railroads, including emission-reduction strategies such as encouraging the replacement and/or retrofitting of older diesel trucks and buses. Metro, as we like to repeat as frequently as possible, runs only clean-burning CNG buses.
This study shows that heavily trafficked roadways have a large impact on downwind populations.
Here’s a story about following your heart that has nothing to do with transportation, except that the main character is a Metro employee. The piece, originally published in Sports Illustrated but posted this morning on LA Observed, tells us how Metro employee Abel Rodriguez, obviously a major soccer fan, flew to Spain to see a match between Madrid and Barcelona — without a ticket or a place to stay — and ended up the guest of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. It’s a lot of fun and it will make you feel good.
Interesting interview with Quentin Kopp — one-time head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority — in which he criticizes the current version of HSR and talks about why he thinks we ought to kill it. Among his observations is something many Southern Californians would buy: the Central Valley is not the best place to start. The best place would be by building L.A. to San Diego first.