Transportation headlines, Thursday, April 22

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.

“30 in 10,” Street Repair, Parking Privatization: The State of the City (Streetsblog Los Angeles)

On Tuesday, Mayor Villaraigosa had his annual “State of The City” address and Streetsblog was pleasantly surprised to find much transportation talk in his speech. The big issue, of course, was the “30 in 10” plan to accelerate building of Measure R projects – and the Mayor seemed committed to making sure “30 in 10” largely about Measure R transit projects, not the highway projects that other local officials are hoping to include. The Mayor also spoke of his plan to use Federal Stimulus funds to resurface 735 miles of L.A.’s streets – something drivers, bus riders and bicyclists can all look forward to.

Battle looms over tunnel to finish LA-area freeway (San Jose Mercury News)

The Source has been covering the 710 project for much of the last week and now the San Jose Mercury News has chimed in with its report on the issue. The Metro Board of Directors will decide today whether or not to go ahead with a round of environmental studies on how to best fill the gap between the 710 and the 210 in South Pasadena. Activists in South Pasadena have long fought closing the gap and a proposal to dig a tunnel to connect the freeways has some citing the problems Boston faced with its massive Big Dig project. Proponents of the tunnel think that it will fix a long-standing problem in the freeway system – a problem that was supposed to be fixed decades ago.

Drive No More: 6 Alternatives to Your Car (Treehugger)

Treehugger serves up a beginners guide to going car-free with six alternatives to getting around with a privately owned automobile. The list has some rather obvious suggestions (ride the bus! walk! telecommute!) and most of them include caveats. For example, while the suggestion to walk instead of drive is a good one, the article notes that our cities are often not built for walking but that New Urbanism concepts could fix that. Another suggestion, car sharing, is next to impossible in most cities because of the lack of car sharing programs – even Los Angeles, second most populous city in the nation, only offers car sharing programs at two major college campuses.