Transportation headlines, Wednesday, June 16

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.

Residents Express Concern at Subway Meeting (Beverly Hills Patch)

Despite excitement from local officials about the prospect of the Westside Subway Extension coming to Beverly Hills, residents expressed concern about subways being tunneled and running under private homes. Metro’s David Mieger – director of the Westside Subway project – told residents that while tunneling under homes is inevitable, the agency’s goal is to make the process “invisible.”

L.A. Gets Moving on Transit (Next American City)

Next American City takes a good look at the 30/10 proposal and concludes that not only is it a smart investment for L.A. – it’s a funding paradigm that should be applied throughout the nation. The article really sums up the advantages of 30/10 to traditional infrastructure funding: it’s fast, efficient and scales well. Not what you typically think of when it comes to big infrastructure projects, right?

Auto Immune: Cities Convert Streets into Pedestrian, Cyclist and Mass Transit Thoroughfares (Scientific American)

I keep reading more and more articles in mainstream publications about how car-culture is loosing its grip on the American psyche –  a very positive development, if you ask me. This Scientific American article cites New York City’s recent efforts to further pedestrianize its streets. Certainly New York has been doing some very bold initiatives (like permanently closing down parts of Broadway to cars around Times Square) but I think the real story is in Los Angeles. Compared to the rest of America, New York has always been a bit of an oddball in terms of its transportation orientation. In L.A. we haven’t shut down any major streets to cars yet, but if you look at where L.A.’s been and where we’re going in terms of changing our auto orientation, I think you’ll find the trend is very real.