I’m sure the folks at the Metro Library have Thanksgiving plans that need attention. But you wouldn’t know it — not the way they’re scouring the world wide web to bring you and me the latest, greatest transportation headlines.
The first story that caught my eye was at the top of the list. The Journal of Commerce says that Sen. Barbara Boxer is trying to get a massive federal transportation bill moving along in Congress. These bills must be made law every few years and Rep. James Oberstar, who chairs the House committee on transportation, has proposed a significant expansion of spending on mass transit over the 2005 transportation bill. Metro and many other transit agencies are watching this one with keen interest.
There’s a good post at Curbed LA on a project that Metro is involved in — how to improve the intersection of the 2 freeway and Glendale Boulevard. The idea is to increase open space and help traffic flow better. Once upon a time, the 2 was supposed to continue west across the Westside. It never did and so far, it’s fair to say there’s been a difference of opinion over how to make the end of the 2 freeway a happier place that better integrates with surrounding Echo Park. Here’s a link to the project page on the Metro website.
A headline not on the list that I caught on NPR this morning: the number of teens in the U.S. who are getting their driver’s license has dropped in recent years. Why? It’s expensive to drive, teens are finding plenty of things to do at home (video games and the internet) and they’re comfortable taking mass transit. I was driving when I heard this report and, to be honest, I seriously didn’t believe what I was hearing. I’m still not sure I believe it. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where once you turned 16 driving was treated kind of like breathing: you didn’t question it, you just did it. Funny thing is, we had video games, too (Asteroids! Missile Command! Warlocks!). But cars — my mom’s Buick Regal, to be exact — were wrapped up in the whole “I’m just going over to her house to study” thing and even now I can’t help but smile when thinking of that clunker. I was a very good student!
I know: TMI. The rest of today’s headlines are after the jump.
Boxer Seeks White House Help On Highway Bill
Journal Of Commerce
Checklists To Rethink The Streetspace
“Cities For Cycling” Could Have Huge Impact On Bikeway Innovation (new coalition of America’s largest cities look to break the shackles of rigid federal roadway design guidelines)
Congress For The New Urbanism Transportation Summit 2009 (slideshow presentations now online)
Congress For The New Urbanism
Hip-Hip-Hooray! San Gabriel Valley Comes Together To Celebrate Future
I Will Ride
Interview: Joseph Boardman, AMTRAK, President & CEO (video: speaking on federal appropriation funding, light-rail, modernization capacities, security)
LA Animated: Sic Regional Transit
Little Change To Southland Gasoline Prices
Los Angeles Daily News
Proponents Say Transit Should Be A Free Ride
Travel Demand In The Context Of Growing Diversity: Considerations For Policy, Planning, And Forecasting (6p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board
The War On Trucking Continues