@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, August 14 edition

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Transportation headlines, Tuesday, August 14

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.

A new, fun video from the transit activist group Move LA.

Cracking down on diesel (L.A. Times)

Carl Pope, the former chairman of the Sierra Club, pens an opinion piece in which he urges the California Air Resources Board to enforce rules requiring the retrofit of trucks to reduce particulate matter. It’s not cheap — it can cost $10,000 — but Pope says the benefits are enormous and also pushes more companies to follow the lead of Coca-Cola and clean up their fleets. Given the heavy truck traffic on California’s freeways, it seems a sensible argument.

As the presidential campaign begins in earnest, a study in contrasts (The Transport Politic)

Blogger Yonah Freemark takes a look at Rep. Paul Ryan’s voting record in the house in addition to Ryan’s larger views on the role of government in transportation. Although Ryan or presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said very little about transportation, Freemark’s take is that Ryan would likely only support transportation programs paid for with user fees. Practically speaking, Freemark speculates that could mean eliminating funding for anything not involving cars. Of course, none of us really know — both the Romney and Barack Obama campaigns have been largely silent on the issue of transportation.

Hottest month on record, by the numbers (NOAA)

The news came out last week that July 2012 was the hottest month on record in the contiguous United States since 1895, when modern records began being kept. Here’s a good chart from NOAA breaking it down state-by-state — the numbers represent years, i.e. the ’48’ on California means that July 2012 was the the 48th coolest July here since 1895.

 


Construction notice: Sepulveda bridge work for Expo Line phase 2

One of the big structures for phase 2 of the Expo Line is the bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard — just south of Pico. Below is the latest construction notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the line that Metro will eventually operate.

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Phase 2 of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica is a project funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by county voters in 2008.

 

 

Reminder: still room at Wednesday's event explaining new federal transportation bill

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This should be an interesting event — and a good chance for anyone to learn about the bill from those who know the ins and outs of the legislation. If interested in attending, please make an RSVP today.

The art of transit

photo by Simon Plestenjak, via Flickr creative commons

The Metro in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival last year.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to sourcemetro@gmail.com or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

Transportation headlines, Monday, August 13

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.

 

A great photo of Meb Keflezighi training near Mammoth Lakes. At age 37, he finished fourth in the men’s Olympic marathon in London on Sunday. Photo: NBC/Reuters.

So did London pass the Olympic test? (The Independent)

Most press accounts that I’ve read — including this one — praise London’s public transport system for making it easy to get around the past couple of weeks. As feared and predicted, the Tube inevitably suffered a few breakdowns, but everything seems to have gone smoothly, even the conversion of regular traffic lanes to “Olympic lanes” for use by transit and Olympic officials. As for the games’ budget, that seems to be a bit of a moving target.

Now to Rio, full of 2016 Olympic jitters (CBS News)

In addition to building new sporting venues, the city is promising a $12-billion infrastructure overhaul, including a controversial new Metro line that critics say serves the needs of lobbyists more than residents. There’s also a hotel room shortage — the plan is to offer rooms on cruise ships (yuck!) — and an equestrian venue that will need to be swept for military ordinance. The 2014 World Cup — with some games in Rio — should serve as a good warmup for the big show in 2016.

Meters to lose their heads near Port (L.A. Times)

Six hundred forty five meters will be yanked from the Earth in San Pedro and Wilmington in order to make it easier to park and help local businesses — contrary to a push in the rest of L.A. that has seen increased meter rates and ticket prices.

Temporary use of Rose Bowl for NFL would cause ‘unavoidable’ impacts (San Gabriel Valley News)

A new draft environmental study by the city of Pasadena concludes air quality and noise levels would be impacted by using the Rose Bowl as a temporary venue for an NFL team (should one magically appear in the L.A. area). Apparently, air pollution from traffic and noise from NFL games is somehow worse than air pollution and noise from UCLA games — or, to put it another way, air pollution and noise from UCLA games is okay because the pollution and noise got there first. If traffic is such a concern, why not just vastly limit the amount of parking at the Rose Bowl and increase the number of bus shuttles? The Gold Line is a mile away, people.

If you didn't Go Metro to Jack White at Mariachi Plaza this afternoon, here are a few pics

[UPDATED Aug 13, 4:00pm] Two videos added after the jump. Enjoy!

Much to everyone’s surprise, Jack White played an impromptu 20-minute show at Mariachi Plaza — above the Gold Line station — on this sweltering Friday afternoon. Here are some pics, courtesy of Mark Clifford:

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