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.
Long Beach project will close major traffic route tonight (Los Angeles Times)
A major artery between Long Beach and San Pedro will be closed this weekend, as major construction gets underway to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach. A 1.5-mile stretch of Ocean Boulevard between West Shoreline Drive and the Terminal Island Freeway will be closed in both directions starting tonight (7/12) at 10 p.m., port officials said.
Could ride sharing be the death of public transportation? (The Atlantic Cities)
One of the most notable outcomes of the recent BART strike was a surge of interest in ride-sharing services. Sidecar — the on-demand ride sharing service that connects riders and drivers via smartphone app — lifted its cut of transactions to encourage wider use. Same story with Lyft, a similar service. Both experienced significant upticks in service. But now that BART is back, will riders revert to public transit? Does it matter if some of them don’t? Isn’t the point to create mobility by making it easier for people to live without having cars? What do you think?
Keep Southern California’s new-era cabs rolling (Pasadena Star-News)
In fact, the Pasadena Star-News ran an editorial, earlier this week, in support of Sidecar, Lyft and Uber as alternate modes of transport for L.A.
Two local organizations — the Black Workers Center and Young Black Contractors — are working to ensure that African American construction workers are included in the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project.