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.
Metrolink ridership dips (Rail Passenger Assn. of California & Nevada)
The number of boardings has dipped in 2013, although there are gains on routes between Orange County and Inland Empire and weekend boardings are strong. The writer speculates lack of new jobs in downtown L.A., lower gas prices and fare hikes may have something to do with it — and recommends a new $35 weekday day pass to help lure new riders.
A brief look at the Sepulveda Pass Corridor project, which proposes to connect the Westside to the San Fernando Valley via a new transit project. Metro is currently evaluating whether a public-private partnership is feasible for the project — i.e. a private firm(s) fronts the construction money in exchange for receiving tolls and fares from new underground toll lanes and a rail project. That could speed up the project, which currently isn't scheduled to be done until the late 2030s. But construction starting in two to three years — as the article states — is extremely optimistic.
Reshaping New York (New York Times)
In case you missed it, here is an awesome interactive showing some key changes in development and transportation infrastructure that occurred during the tenure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will soon leave after 12 years on the job. Given New York's reputation as a place in which it's nearly impossible to get anything done…an amazing amount of work has been done with new pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, transit projects underway and one-third of the city rezoned. The question this begs, of course, is whether the nation's second-largest city can (or should) match New York's march forward (assuming you think NY is marching forward. I do.).
Students press schools to drop fossil fuels stocks (L.A. Times)
Activists want the UC system to divest themselves of at least $39 million in investments in fossil fuel firms that are part of the system's general endowment fund. Some smaller colleges around the country have dropped fossil fuel investments, but it's a tougher sell at the big schools which say they need the kind of returns that fossil fuels help generate. My three cents: it's best to keep in mind that fossil fuels still power a lot of transit in the U.S. — in our region, commuter train locomotives and the vast majority of buses, for example.
Study recommends paid parking on PCH in Malibu (Santa Monica Daily Press)
Adding paid parking, bike lanes and safer and ADA-accessible bus stops are among the recommendations in a report commissioned by the city of Malibu on improving safety along the PCH corridor. At present, PCH along the coast is mostly the domain of the private automobile, with cyclists risking their necks in busy traffic and narrow medians and bus patrons sometimes having to reach stops not easily reachable by sidewalk.