Long Beach takes its bike plan progress to the riders (Long Beach Press Telegram)
Over the last few years, Long Beach has rightfully earned the reputation as So Cal’s most bike friendly city. Since 2001′s long range plan was adopted, the city has installed a slew of bicycling infrastructure, such as painted bike lanes, sharrows and bike boulevards. Overall, biking is up in the city and the number of accidents is holding steady. But transportation officials are not resting on their laurels: Mobility Coordinator Charlie Gandy is leading a series of workshops seeking input from residents in advance of the next long range plan.
Deadline pressure threatens high-speed rail (Fresno Bee)
Now that the San Joaquin Valley has been tabbed as home to the first 115-mile segment of high-speed rail construction, the California High-Speed Rail Authority will have to keep a brisk pace to meet upcoming federal deadlines. The Fresno Bee takes a look at some of those deadlines — a finalized environmental review by this September, construction started by 2012 and completion by 2017 — and what it will take to meet them.
Signal synchronization project OK’d (Daily News)
Through a grant from the California Transportation Commission, the city of L.A. will be able to synchronize a number of intersections in the western San Fernando Valley. Trips times along certain roads will be cut by as much five minutes on a 30-minute drive. In addition, the same round of grants will give local transit a safety and mobility boost, namely the following:
$46.55 million to install rail collision avoidance technology along the Metrolink system and Pacific Surfliner Intercity Rail Corridor.
$2.94 million to install rail collision avoidance technology along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks from Los Angeles to Fullerton.
$20 million to convert high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes along the I-10 and I-110 corridors.
$33.99 million for the acquisition of 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. Continue reading