Transportation headlines, Friday, March 19

Here’s a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog. Don’t forget you can also follow the Metro Library on Facebook and Twitter.

This photo of the cog railway climbing Switzerland's Mount Pilatus has nothing to do with today's headlines, but I spotted it on Flickr and thought it was cool enough to post. Click on the photo to go to Flickr to see more images.

It’s come to this in Clayton County, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metro area: Unable to balance the budget for their transit system, county commissioners decided to shut down their bus system effective April 1. The system was providing two million rides a year, reports Transportation for America. One commissioner said that the county is responsible for paving roads but not for providing transit.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that she endorsed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 30/10 plan to build a dozen Measure R projects in the next decade instead of the next three decades, reports LAist. The linchpin of the plan is to secure a massive federal loan that would be paid back with Measure R sales tax revenues. It will be interesting to see if other regions — who could also presumably benefit — get behind the plan and whether Congress goes for something potentially novel and productive in an election year.

Speaking of 30/10, the plan also gets a strong endorsement today from the Los Angeles Times’ editorial page. The editorial board also urges some area politicians to think more about the regional benefits of 30/10:

…some north county and San Gabriel Valley politicians fret that the cash infusion would discourage federal investment in projects that aren’t included in Measure R, such as a future light-rail line to Ontario International Airport.

Backers of this speculative venture have been a deeply divisive force, threatening to derail the far worthier Wilshire subway and campaigning against Measure R even though it will benefit their region. Voters didn’t listen to these voices when they approved the sales tax hike, and neither should members of Congress.

Here’s a link to a post last week on the 30/10 plan. The post includes a map from the mayor’s office showing the projects included in his plan.