Transportation headlines, Friday, June 18

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.

Azusa examining Gold Line parking structure options (SGV Tribune)

Azusa officials are considering building a 500-car parking structure near the planned Gold Line station and adjacent to a new Target store that’s being built. Foothill Transit is also considering an express bus line to the Gold Line station and the agency maybe be able to help the city cover the cost of the parking garage.

Dump BP, Dump the Pump (But Enable The Alternatives) (TMC Net)

As more people begin to realize that the only real way to boycott BP is to boycott oil consumption all together, yesterday’s Dump The Pump Day could not come at a more opportune time. Of course, as logical as it is to switch to public transit to reduce personal oil consumption, transit agencies across the nation are facing service reductions and fare increases due to shrinking state and local funding. This will have to be fixed if the solution is to match the rhetoric.

L.A.-San Francisco Bullet-Train Bidding May Begin Next Year (Bloomberg)

California is preparing to spend some of that $2.3 billion in federal stimulus funds set aside for high-speed rail. The state is looking for bids from trainmakers in hopes of beginning construction by 2012.

Cartoonist asks what it’d look like if LA just kept on sprawlng (Curbed LA)

Curbed LA links to a cartoonist’s image from The New Yorker that shows L.A. sprawling through much of the west and mid-west – with its far eastern border (South El Monte) butting up against Illinois. Funny stuff.