Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Oct. 27

Here are today’s transpo headlines, courtesy of the Metro library.

The Pasadena Star-News reports that a lawsuit filed by South Pasadena and La Canada against Metro was recently thrown out. The issue was the 710, with both cities saying that it was wrong for Metro to include the 710 gap closure in Measure R (the 2008 sales tax increase) because the project still must be studied. The judge, in essence, said that nothing in Measure R commits Metro to absolutely having to build the project if it’s proven infeasible. That, in my view, makes sense. Many of the Measure R projects have not yet had their full environmental impact reports done yet — and why should that stop the public from having the right to choose to fund them with their tax dollars?

As we reported here last week, Metro Board Member and County Supervisor Gloria Molina did not mince words when it comes to her views of safety issues on the new Eastside Gold Line Extension set to open next month. The L.A. Times picks up on the story today, quoting Molina: “I should be happy; I worked so hard to get it, and I was so satisfied that even though it wasn’t a subway I could live with this, but now I don’t know what to think,” she says. Metro announced Monday that the line will open Nov. 15 and the Board last week approved $4.5 million for safety upgrades on the light rail line.

If you haven’t spent any time lately contemplating whether ultracapicators could power a bus, then I suggest you check out this story on the Impact Lab website. The gist of it: ultracapacitors don’t use that much energy but they have to be almost constantly recharged. One company is testing a system in which buses can recharge for a couple of minutes at bus stops. I’m pretty sure that if I was sitting on a bus that was sitting at a stop charging my head would explode.

Here is the full list of stories:

About One Quarter of Stimulus Money Paid Out

All about the California High-Speed Rail Authority and high-speed train project in California

Bus riders to OCTA: Save our routes – OCTA board plans to slash service to make up for severe budget shortfalls
OC Register

California, Midwest Would Gain Jobs from Greater Government Investment in Green Transit Buses – Timely Study Coincides with Congressional Debate over Transportation Bill Extension

CA Poised to Reform Auto-Centric Level of Service Environmental Rules
LA Streetsblog

City aims to increase bicycle use
Daily Trojan

Electronic Fare Collection Options for Commuter Railroads
Federal Transit Administration

Gold Line Eastside Extension to Open on November 15th!

Help decide High Desert Corridor’s A.V. route
Victorville Daily Press

How Bus Transit Can Help the Auto Industry
LA Streetsblog

How Do Angelenos Travel?
LA Streetsblog

How to Ease Women´s Fear of Transportation Environments: Case Studies and Best Practices
Transportation Research Board

Important Traffic Advisory for Downtown LA on Tuesday, October 27th

It’s Official: New Leg of Gold Line Opens Nov. 15

L.A. Metro, Pierce Transit honored by NTI

LA transport system, Westside subway, long overdue
Daily Bruin

Little Tokyo Hops on the Bus
LA Downtown News

Metro Approves Subway To The Sea Application For Federal Funding
WeHo News

Metro Gold Line Eastside extension to open Nov. 15
LA Times

Metrolink installs first ‘automatic train stop’ in county
Ventura County Star

Molina is critical of MTA Eastside extension’s rollout – The L.A. County supervisor, a key backer of the line from Union Station to East L.A., says the above-ground sections could pose a risk to schoolchildren. Agency officials say testing has minimized risk
LA Times

New Gold Line extension raising safety concerns
Pasadena Star News

Ontario Loses While LAX Gains
Press Enterprise

Riverside bus system hopes to streamline with new collection boxes
Press Enterprise

Save Leimert Crenshaw Line Comments

Senate Climate Bill Triples the House’s Investments in Clean Transportation
LA Streetsblog

Slow, steady FasTrak gains on I-15 – Growth corresponds with Express Lane openings
North County Times

South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge lose 710 tunnel lawsuit
Pasadena Star News

Study: Amtrak loss comes to $32 per passenger

Subway Adventure
LA Downtowner

Transit Coalition hosts Metro Rail GM at meeting tonight

Ultracapacitors Could Offer The Greenest Way Of Powering City Buses
Impact Lab

U.S. Newspaper Circulation Drops 10 Percent

View from the Cab
California High Speed Rail Blog

Whine and Cheese Party at Metro

Why Non-Cyclists Should Care About the LA Bike Plan
Illuminate LA