Transportation headlines, Friday, May 21

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.

Baldwin Park considers moratorium on drive-thru businesses (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

In the era of worries over global warming, I’ve never understood why so many communities are willing to tolerate long lines of idling cars at drive-thrus. Yes, many of those restaurants have been there for some time and are operating within the law. Still — what a waste of gas. One community may have had enough as Baldwin Park is considering a temporary ban on drive-throughs for a variety of reasons. Among them: unncessary pollution and the desire to bring more pedestrian-friendly businesses to town.

Property owners willing to cough up money for D.C.’s streetcars (Washington Post)

Washington D.C. is building streetcar lines and is considering asking commercial property owners along the routes to foot one-quarter of the bill through special taxes, planning fees or other funding mechanisms. So far, the response from owners seems to be positive, with some owners agreeing with transit advocates that the investment in transit near their properties will only increase the value of their land and buildings over time. Portland — whose streetcar system is often cited as a development tool that also helps people get around — also taxed property owners along the way. How exactly downtown L.A.’s planned system would be funded is yet to be determined.

Shout out to cities that promote biking (Environmental Defense Fund blog)

The blog not surprisingly — and probably quite correctly — doesn’t shout at any cities in Southern California, although I do think Santa Monica and Long Beach deserve to be noticed because both are trying to integrate cycling into the mix. Or decide for yourself and check out Metro’s countywide bike map, which I think vividly shows which cities get it and which don’t. Here’s a video from the EDF blog showing bike commuting in action in Utrecht in the Netherlands.