LADOT shows off triple bike racks on its new Commuter Express buses.
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 blog.
Better buy a ticket to ride (ZevWeb)
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is also a Metro Board member, dropped by a subway station in L.A. on Wednesday to see how the gate-locking experiment is going. This post does a nice job of summing up the issues and challenges involved — clearly there were still a lot of people without TAP cards and, in some cases, more than a few people trying to cop a free ride.
Ray LaHood says he’s out after four years (Washington Post)
The 2012 presidential election is still a full year away, but U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced yesterday that he will be stepping down after four years on the job. It’s a little premature to start reminiscing, especially with America Fast Forward still waiting in the wings. That said, LaHood’s leadership in the areas of sustainable transportation, road safety and livable communities has been a welcome feature of Obama’s cabinet. Plus, his staff — more than many others — really grasped the potential of social media for creating a dialogue with citizens. Robert Cruickshank of the California HSR Blog reflects on what LaHood did for passenger rail and floats some suggestions for his successor.
Where’s the rock? (Zev’s Blog)
L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s blog takes a look at the path a 340-ton rock will take from a quarry in Riverside County to LACMA, where it will be part of an art instillation. Beyond the engineering challenge of moving such a hefty load, there are a logistical challenges too. According to Zev’s Blog, “The Rock can only travel slowly and at night. The trip will require eight daylong stops in eight jurisdictions.” Check out the story to see a map of planned route which somehow involves a stop in Long Beach. I know I’m not alone in hoping this turns into #rockVSbike.
Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan – Draft EIR meeting (Councilman Ed Reyes)
Here’s an intriguing note from the office of L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes. His office is helping get the word about the creation of a planning blueprint for the stretch of largely industrial land that straddles the L.A. River from Chinatown to Lincoln Heights. Lots of potential for transit oriented development along the Gold Line there and redevelopment in the area — which could be really neat if the L.A. River is restored, as the city proposes to do. The rest of the press release is after the jump.
Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan calls for transforming about 650 acres into housing, jobs and open space
Councilmember Reyes invites the public to weigh in on the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan(CASP) at a meeting this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 from 10 a.m.-Noon at Goodwill Job Center, 342 North San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031.