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.
As you’ve heard us mention more than once, D.C. budget battles could have dire consequences for the Purple Line extension, the Regional Connector and the California bullet train, as well as other projects important to our region and our state. The issues are complex but this well-reasoned piece explains some of the ins and outs and why they matter.
Feds delay threat to withhold California’s mass transit funds (Sacramento Bee)
More on the same threat to regional transit projects and with billions of mass-transit dollars at stake…the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that it would delay ruling on whether California’s new pension reform law violates a 49-year-old federal statute that ties the funds to collective bargaining rights. The delay continues as talks are underway between the feds and Gov. Jerry Brown’s office.
Despite legal hurdles, Uber car sharing expands (L.A. Daily News)
Ride-sharing service Uber has expanded operations into the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and the South Bay, even though the company was ordered by the city to stop operating some parts of its business in June. At issue is whether Uber and other firms operating under the same business model are violating the city’s taxicab regulations by using drivers that are not licensed to carry passengers and driving cars that are not inspected or properly insured. Uber, which uses a smartphone app to connect passengers with paid drivers, has faced similar battles in New York, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco.
Bullet train dealt a new setback (San Francisco Chronicle)
Dealing a major blow to California’s high-speed rail project, a Sacramento County judge ruled Friday that the agency overseeing the bullet train failed to comply with the financial and environmental promises made to voters when they approved initial funding for the project five years ago.