Transportation headlines, Friday, June 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. Reminder: the Library is switching over to a new format for its headlines on Monday. No need to act right now! We'll be changing this topper to help guide you straight to the library's new headlines page.

O.C. toll roads could keep fees through 2053 (L.A. Times)

The Foothill-Eastern toll roads have struggled to attract motorists willing to pay the tolls that, in turn, continue to pay for the construction of the new roads. A new bond sale means the tolls could remain in place until the early 2050s instead of being lifted sooner. Bottom line: it continues to be hard to pay for new roads with expected tolls.

Climate change could reduce snowfall in local So Cal mountains (L.A. Times)

A new UCLA study forecasts a 30- to 40 percent decline by mid-century due to global warming. There still may be more precipitation in the region — including more intense storms — that would pose a challenge for the region's stormwater system. Reminder: taking transit, even occasionally, is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Construction Authority Board opposes Measure R amendment (Foothill Extension Construction Authority)

The Board adopts a resolution against the amendment, which is part of a project accleration proposal by Metro staff that is scheduled to be considered by the Metro Board this month. The Construction Authority Board wants the amendment to include the full cost of extending the line to Claremont, which they see as a key step in getting the project funded. An 11.5-mile segment extending the line from Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border is now under construction.

As the release mentions, not all Measure R transit projects are fully funded — i.e. the reason the subway isn't going all the way to the sea and the reason the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor is looking into a public-private partnership. It may also be worth mentioning that Measure R is investing more than $2 billion in extending both legs of the Gold Line deeper into the San Gabriel Valley.

 

10 replies

  1. The idea that “both legs” of the Gold Line being extended into the SGV is a joke! That won’t happen before the turn of the 22nd century at the rate the MTA funds its light-rail projects!

  2. More precipitation near the mountain areas?
    Sounds like the future-me won’t have to water the lawn as often!

  3. Good for the San Gabriel Valley in their ability to lobby for continued support. But why would building a rail to the inland empire take precedence over other areas which are still waiting for their first leg of a mass transit line, let alone a second and third extension.

    I do hope the lines get build everywhere they should, but on a schedule that is more need based and less politically motivated.

    • You are making too much sense in that the MTA should consider LA County ridrrs over the IE! Its the MTA for crying out loud!

  4. @AD

    More like developmentally motivated (that came out sort of weird…).

    The cities along Foothill route all want a piece of LRT because they want to develop around the stations. Good for them for being TOD-conscious, really.

    • I know. And the MTA in its ANTI-BUS RIDER APPROACH has not run any buses east of Cal Poly Pomona for YEARS now!

      • Los Angeles Metro only runs buses in Los Angeles County and there’s not much L.A. County to the east of Pomona.

        Steve Hymon
        Editor, The Source

  5. Maybe the cities along the third leg of the gold line should consider a special transit tax so Metro could apply for matching funds based on how much they will raise.