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.
A tea party for L.A. (Huffington Post)
Joel Epstein opines that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 30/10 initiative should focus on securing federal funds for mass transit, not highway projects — as 30/10 was originally written. He writes:
Which is why it is so important that we not let the car-addicted turn 30/10 into a barrel of pork to be raided for more lanes on the freeways. Voters approved Measure R for mass transit — which is spelled S-U-B-W-A-Y, L-I-G-H-T R-A-I-L and B-U-S not 405, 10, 710, and 605.
The 30/10 initiative secured the recommendation of three agency Board of Director committees this past week (a fourth wanted more questions answered) and will be considered by a meeting of the entire Board of Directors this week. A motion by Directors Diane DuBois and Pam O’Connor asked that 30/10 include highway projects, too, and that will be part of next Thursday’s discussion.
Draft EIR for L.A.-to-Anaheim high-speed rail delayed (Orange County Register)
The environmental document probably won’t be released until next January instead of next month as the California High-Speed Rail Authority studies whether the bullet train can share existing tracks with Metrolink, Amtrak and freight trains. One community paying particular attention is Buena Park, where residents don’t want to see their new Metrolink station demolished to make way for high-speed rail.
Is Phoenix getting hooked on transit? (The Transport Politic)
The Phoenix area’s single light-rail line has greatly exceeded ridership projections and now transit planners are envisioning a network of rail lines to serve the sprawling metropolitan area. Putting aside the issue that funds would have to be found to build those lines, planners are grappling with a bigger issue: their studies show that a lot of riders don’t need to go to downtown Phoenix because jobs are spread out in the area. That also makes it more challenging to build mass transit. Sound familiar?