Transportation headlines, Thursday, July 25

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.

Scores dead in Spanish train derailment (New York Times)

At least 78 were killed when a train derailed and then crumpled in northwest Spain. Investigation is underway. Media speculation is that the train may have been running well above the speed limit.

L.A. gets the bragging rights on snagging federal dollars (KPCC)

A look at yesterday's committee hearing in the U.S. Senate in which Metro CEO Art Leahy advocated for an expanded loan program to help transit agencies build projects. KPCC says Metro is in better position than other regions to take advantage of federal money. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently invited Metro to apply for one billion dollars in loans for the Purple Line Extension and Regional Connector projects.

CicLAvia's third anniverary event returns to its downtown roots (Curbed LA)

The Oct. 6 event will be routed through downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.

Lawmakers debate possibility of raising federal gas tax (The HIll)

The 18.4 cent per gallon tax has been the same since 1993 and is no longer generating enough revenue to cover federal transportation costs. Democrat and Republicans in the U.S. House seem to agree there's a problem but it remains unclear if they're willing to come together to raise the tax.

 

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