Transportation headlines, Thursday, Aug. 22

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.

‘Neighbors’ group wants state Supreme Court to rehear case against Expo Phase II (Curbed LA) and (Streetsblog)

The Cheviot Hills group Neighbors for Smart Rail has petitioned the California Supreme Court to rehear the case against Expo Phase II, the light-rail line now under construction between Culver City and Santa Monica. This is the same group whose case was tossed out by the court earlier this month. The Curbed LA piece concludes, “While the state Supreme Court will probably not rehear the case, this back-and-forth over the measurement of traffic impacts could be a harbinger for other transit projects facing NIMBY assaults (all of them).”

Alameda Avenue in Azusa closed for construction of Gold Line station (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Here’s another reminder for families heading off to school this week that Alameda Avenue in Azusa is closed to through traffic between 9th Street and Santa Fe Avenue for construction of the Azusa Downtown Station, part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. Leave early — always a good plan the first week of school — and avoid the area. 

Tesla may build safe electric cars but when will they be affordable? (Los Angeles Times)

We love those beautiful Tesla electric cars … the sleek lines, uber cool colors and high mileage between charges. And this week’s news says they are safest of the electric cars. But the price. Ouch! Can the manufacturer bring the cost down without federal subsidies? Hope so.

More than half of electric cars can be found in five U.S. cities (

Bet you can guess one of them.