Transportation headlines, Thursday, July 18

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.

Should Metro build a freeway tunnel or take another route in the 710 study? (KPCC Airtalk)

Host Larry Mantle does a nice job of guiding the conversation of the controversial project that proposes to improve north-south congestion in the area around the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena. There’s also an unscientific reader poll. The tunnel option is currently leading with the light rail alternative between East L.A. and Pasadena running second.

Azusa Council approves Gold Line parking structure (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

The Council approved the environmental study for a 550-space, three-story parking structure in downtown Azusa. The garage will provide parking for the Foothill Extension Gold Line station as well as Foothill Transit and the city.

Metro’s Doug Failing on agency’s embrace of public-private partnerships (The Planning Report)

A good, thorough interview on Metro’s pursuit of PPPs — using public and private money together to get projects built that aren’t fully funded. Failing is Metro’s Executive Director of Highway Programs. There is also a good discussion of the ARTI program, which proposes using a PPP to build congestion pricing lanes on the 5 freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley as well as some other freeway improvements in the region.