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 Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed.
California highways among worst in nation (San Jose Mercury News) California’s highways continue to rank among the worst in the nation — a distinction we’ve held for more than a decade. The system is ranked 47th out of 50 in overall highway performance and efficiency. North Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming have the best. So why is it that states with huge temperature fluctuations — so hard on roadways — are doing well? It may have something to do with traffic. (We have the most.) And a massive highway system. (We have the largest.) Is there hope?
Headed to the airport? New FlyAway bus service linking the Metro Expo Line La Brea Station and LAX started Monday. To encourage ridership there’s a special introductory one-way fare of $6 in effect through Dec. 31. (On Jan. 1 it will increase to $7.) Also on Monday, the one-way fare between LAX and the Van Nuys FlyAway increased $1 to $8.
Council Member Mike Bonin will replace Bill Rosendahl as Chair of the City Council Transportation Committee. The Westside’s Council District 11, which Bonin represents, is home to two of the largest infrastructure projects in the region, the 405 Widening through the Sepulveda Pass and Phase II of the Expo Line.
The Automobile Club predicts that fewer of us will travel this year over the Fourth of July weekend because the holiday falls on a Thursday, rather than on a Wednesday as it did last year. What that means is a very slight decrease of half of one percentage point to about 2.32 million of us on the roads. This will be enough to make getting out of town this afternoon a challenge, of course.