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.
L.A. County cities fight over Metro plans for new trains (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
The Measure R project acceleration plan to be considered by the Metro Board of Directors on Thursday has received mixed support from cities in Los Angeles County. The Gateway Cities have voted against it while cities in the San Gabriel Valley are mixed. The southern ones want to see the Eastside Gold Line Extension accelerated while the northern ones are fighting to get a $1-billion Gold Line segment from Azusa to Claremont funded and built as part of the plan. Such parochial fights have been ongoing for years and years and years and it’s rare to see officials quoted in such articles acknowledge the importance of building a viable rail network connecting the county’s major job centers.
Leader editorial: station will brighten Bob Hope Airport’s future (Burbank Leader)
The Leader is pleased that a platform to serve the Bob Hope Airport will be built to serve Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line; currently only the Ventura County Line has an airport station. The editorial hopes the new station is part of the airport’s revival as passenger loads have slipped in recent years due to a wheezy economy, the loss of American Airlines service and a decline in flights by Jet Blue. Here’s our post about Friday’s ceremony. The platform is forecast to open in 2015.
When Santa Monica was still Oshkosh-By-The-Sea (Zocalo Public Square)
Fun and informative piece by the organizer Ernie Powell who spent many years living in Santa Monica — years when it was a lot scruffier than now. The article does a good job explaining the mindset of a place. Excerpt:
Maybe you think of Santa Monica as a place of sea breezes and ocean beaches, of suntans and surf. But for me the core of Santa Monica is the apartment. Over 60 percent of the residents are renters, and many are combatants in a miniature class war that never stops. They are haunted by one question: Will someone try and take my apartment away? If you understand that simple fact, you’ll appreciate a lot of what makes the town tick.
I lived near Main Street in Santa Monica between 1996 and 2003 — a time when the town didn’t seem to change much. I go back now and am surprised at the amount of new development, not to mention construction on the Expo Line, something I quite frankly never thought would happen. Ever. The growing wealth of the area is hard to ignore but I’m pleasantly surprised, too, that there’s still scruff to be found.