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. Have a transportation-related article you want included in headlines? Drop me an email!
Editorial: clock is running out for real CEQA reform (Daily News)
The editorial takes the Legislature to the woodshed for — once again — failing to pass a bill that would make it more difficult for opponents to block projects they don’t like with lengthy court challenges of environmental impact studies. Instead, the Legislature has been pursuing bills exempting certain projects, such as a new arena for the Sacramento Kings, from CEQA review. It’s a good editorial and I think the Daily News is right: CEQA is a great idea gone awry. The result: endless rounds of studies that result in nothing getting done.
The move was prompoted by Metro exercising two options to purchase more light rail vehicles from Kinkisharyo, which was previously based in Massachussetts. The headquarters will add about 25 jobs in El Segundo in addition to the 250 jobs in Palmdale, where the company plans to assemble the light rail cars, reports the Daily Breeze. As the story notes, some other high-profile companies have left our region — so it’s nice to see one coming in.
Audio bus ads: too intrusive or too much money to pass up? (The Atlantic Cities)
As things stand, though, audio bus ads seem to reside at the tolerable end of the transit marketing spectrum. Riders can always wear headphones, and audio campaigns might even prompt transit agencies to fix their habitually busted speaker systems. A little annoying? Sure. Demeaning or intolerable? Hardly. If the money is right, and the approach respectful, they might even be the responsible choice.
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Walk, don’t run through the High Sierra. Looking west from Kearsarge Pass — the PCT is just beyond Bullfrog Lake, the furthest lake in the photo. Photo by Steve Hymon
Josh Garrett, a cross-country coach at Santa Monica City College, set the new record for hiking the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail from the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Diego to the U.S. Canada border north of Spokane. His time: 59 days, eight hours and 14 minutes. The new record narrowly eclipsed the previous record of 60 days — which had been set just one day prior.
Pretty remarkable athletic achievement for sure — Garrett was often hiking 18 hours a day or more through some intensely rugged terrain at altitude. That said, whenever I read stories about new trail speed records, I always feel badly for the hikers involved. I can’t imagine practically running through the High Sierra without taking the time to savor the scenery, explore off-trail or go fishing.
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