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 Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.
Pasadena residents weigh freeway extension efforts (Pasadena Sun)
Opinions of community members were all over the place at last week’s meeting at the Rose Bowl on the project to improve traffic in the area surrounding the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena. Some want the gap closed, others see any kind of freeway extension as bringing more traffic to the region. Here’s the project’s homepage on metro.net.
The massive residential development with commercial space has been talked about for years but the developer — Related Cos. — hasn’t done anything with the recent collapse of the real estate market. Related is indicating they will adjust their plans soon. In the meantime, that part of downtown L.A., even though well connected to transit, remains the usual collection of dreary parking lots.
New research indicates the same trend is underway in Germany, where teens and young adults are using public transit and cycling more — even among those who own cars. One factor: a rise in the cost of car ownership and parking policies in Germany that discourage driving in some places.
Bill Rosendahl: Mobility is Westside’s number one priority (The Planning Report)
Interesting interview with the Los Angeles Council member who represents the far westside of the city. Rosendahl points to Prop 13 as one reason cities such as Santa Monica, Culver City and L.A. made a push for more commercial real estate on the Westside to bring in tax revenues — and, as a result, more traffic.