Something more important than free tickets (LAObserved)
Longtime political reporter and editor Bill Boyarsky opines that he doesn’t see what the big hoo-ha is over a story involving how a certain big-city mayor gets into big events. But Boyarsky thinks that while the media pays attention to that, they’re missing a much better — and less sexy — story about L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 30/10 Initiative and the fact that Congress seems to be embracing it. The plan seeks to build a dozen transit projects in the next decade instead of the next three decades.
Bring on more BRT (The City Fix)
The blog follows up on New York Magazine’s recent story about how bus rapid transit will be the future of transit expansion in New York City — not building more subways. The blog provides a good overview of how BRT is getting momentum and looks at a push by the New York MTA to improve bus lanes there by keeping them free of taxis and delivery trucks that often block them. Los Angeles County doesn’t get a mention, but I think it’s inevitable that the region will see more bus lanes in the future.
Gubernatorial candidates on high-speed rail (San Jose Mercury News)
Republican candidate Meg Whitman is against the bullet train project, saying through a spokesperson that it’s too expensive. Democratic candidate Jerry Brown is for it, saying it’s a “bold” plan — and one he has pushed since the early 1980s. The paper takes a look at the politics of high-speed rail on the San Francisco Peninsula, where Whitman lives and where several lawsuits have tried to stop or reconfigure the project.