Fun pics of Rams players in the 1970s promoting taking RTD buses to games at the L.A. Coliseum. The Rams are threatening to move to Inglewood from St. Louis unless St. Louis ponies up a better stadium. Even that may not be enough. If they move, it would be fun to have the Los Angeles Rams playing in Inglewood and the San Francisco 49ers playing in Santa Clara. The Rams owner says that building the 80,000-seat stadium would result in 40,000 jobs and $1-billion of investment in Inglewood, according to the L.A. Times. One job for every two seats!
At Metro, which administers the largest public van pool operation in North America, participation has more than doubled in the last six years, with a total of 1,375 van groups operating today. Officials expect that figure to grow by at least 8% in 2015.
The van pools are for long-distance commuters. Metro provides $400 to help offset the costs and each member of the van pool contributes money to help pay for the van lease and gas. As with transit, I’m guessing the rise of the internet, smart phones and tablets is providing a boost to van pools, where riders can get some work done.
To learn more about Metro’s van pool program and to find a seat on an existing van or start a new van pool, please visit this page on metro.net.
GOP Senator won’t rule out gas tax increase (Better Roads)
On television this past weekend, Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) said that while he’s opposed to an increase, lawmakers must keep open all options to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund in the black. A temporary fix to keep the fund solvent expires in May. Increasing the tax is obviously a tough sell for both political parties — and I’m guessing especially tough in more rural states where people have to often drive more.
Beverly Hills takes up bike lane question (WEHOville)
The Beverly Hills City Council is still wrestling with the question of whether to build bike lanes — or even protected bike lanes — along the stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard that goes through the city. Bike lanes, proponents say, would be a good way to connect the business districts of WeHo and Beverly Hills.
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