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.
Searching for CicLAvia’s slow gear (Zev’s Blog)
As someone who plans to enjoy CicLAvia on foot this year, I appreciate this call for courteous and thoughtful sharing of the road this Sunday from some of Los Angeles’ foremost bicycle and pedestrian advocates. CicLAvia organizer Joe Linton puts it well when he encourages “all participants…to bring mutual respect, common sense and a willingness to engage with each other.” If you’re cruising around on two legs — as opposed to two wheels — like me, consider bringing a copy of the official CicLAvia architecture guide (PDF) with you.
When the Crenshaw Line opens to the public later this decade, riders will be able to transfer at the northern end to the Expo Line and head toward the beach or downtown. But what about an extension of the Crenshaw Line further north to Hollywood? Such an extension is listed in Tier 1 of Metro’s long-range plan, meaning it’s currently unfunded but considered a high priority project in the future. Dan Wentzel of the blog, Ride the Pink Line, weighs in on how the Crenshaw Line might proceed from Expo/Crenshaw to Hollywood/Highland. The primary routes Wentzel considers are a combo of San Vicente Boulevard plus La Brea, Fairfax or La Cienega. Wentzel notes that there are some tradeoffs to consider here between going for the most direct route (La Brea) versus one that hits more destinations (Fairfax or La Cienega).
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has signed off on the latest of iteration of the state’s plan to connect the Bay Area to So Cal. The approval included an amendment that will bring Anaheim back into the fold after a one-seat-ride to Orange County had been previously shelved to save costs. The proposal now heads to the State Legislature for approval — where it’s likely to encounter some skeptical members — before Gov. Jerry Brown can sign off on the beginning of construction. The press release from the California High-Speed Rail Authority is posted below.