Transportation headlines, Thursday, June 17

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.

LAPD keeping an eye on Game 7 (KPCC)

The police and public officials are urging people who don’t have tickets to the deciding game in the NBA Finals to stay away from the Staples Center area. If you are going downtown, The Source suggests it might be a good evening to try our lovely mass transit system — there’s a Blue Line stop that’s a three-minute walk from Staples. Officials are also worried about rioting that often comes with a Lakers championship. Here’s my two cents: Calm down, people. It’s not like it’s the Kings bringing home the Stanley Cup.

Police ticket rude motorists in crosswalk sting (Daily News)

This one is music to my ears. The LAPD got busy Monday issuing citations to drivers in North Hollywood who failed to yield to pedestrians at unmarked crosswalks at street corners. If you’ve attended traffic school lately, you know that in such instances pedestrians get the right-of-way. The sting came in response to a recent surge in pedestrian-related traffic incidents in NoHo.

Planner James Rojas leaving Metro (L.A. Streetsblog)

After 12 years, Rojas recently announced that he’s leaving the agency. As Damien Newton points out, Rojas has earned a reputation as a progressive planner in a town that in recent ly is not exactly known for its ‘let’s-try-something-new’ attitude when it comes to planning. We’ll be featuring photos of Rojas’ latest interactive transportation model later today — it will be on display at a Dump the Pump news conference being held this morning at Union Station.