Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Sept. 29

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

WeHo officials hire firm to scrutinize subway DEIS/R (

The city wants to check the numbers in Metro’s draft environmental study for the Westside Subway Extension. One of the alignments studied — but which is also unfunded — would run from Hollywood to Beverly Hills through WeHo and officials are still hopeful they can convince Metro to build the line.

L.A. Streetcar effort looking at special tax to raise funds (Downtown News)

This well-researched piece by Richard Guzman looks at a special property tax that could potentially be levied on downtown property owners along the streetcar route. Such a tax is probably the project’s best hope of raising half the $100 million cost, but some owners are waiting to see how much it will cost them while others believe a streetcar will quickly bring more business to them and raise the value of their properties.

For today’s musical interlude, here’s Neko Case with her “Train from Kansas City.”

Amtrak aims to speed it up in Northeast Corridor (Transport Politic)

The rail carrier released a $100-billion-plus plan to double the speed of its trains, resulting in a 96-minute trip between New York and Washington. But Transport Politic notes that it would take 30 years and Amtrak rarely gets the money it wants from Congress — and this is a lot more money than Amtrak usually wants.

What the commuters are drinking (New York Times)

Passengers on Long Island Railroad trains more often bought hard liquor from beverage carts or bar cars. Those on Metro North seemed to prefer wine. One bartender says her stockbroker customers are drinking Vodka and construction clientel prefer beer. Hmm.