Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Oct. 26

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.

More federal money for California’s bullet train (L.A. Times)

The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $731 million for the project to link Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Francisco by high-speed rail. The money comes on top of $2.25-billion federal grant announced earlier this year and the $9.95-billion bond package approved by state voters in 2008. The project is estimated to cost $43 billion.

Ceremonial groundbreaking held for Oakland airport rail link (Mercury News)

Actual construction won’t begin for weeks or months, but dirt was trucked in so that public officials could hold an event now to celebrate a 3.1-mile tram they’re building to connect the BART’s Coliseum station to the Oakland airport (yes, a transfer should be required). It should be done in 2014. Here’s what the link will look like. I’m curious: does anyone know when ceremonial groundbreakings became the stand-in for real groundbreakings?

UCLA students can now take a bike out from the library (Be a Green Commuter)

And it only costs $35 a quarter, although I’m curious what the fines will be for overdue bikes. It’s a great idea and I hope cycling plays a major role in getting students from the future Westwood/UCLA subway station to campus. The station location hasn’t been determined yet — it will likely either be at Wilshire & Westwood or under lot 36, but both are about a mile from the middle of the UCLA campus.

1 reply

  1. The idea of providing better connectivity from BART to the Oakland Airport is a good idea. The OAC was a good idea when first proposed: it was supposed to cost around $150 million, connect directly to the terminal, speed the trip, and half an additional station that would serve the neighborhood. Now it’s about $500 million, doesn’t connect to the terminal, isn’t any faster, and lost the intermediate stop.

    What was once a good project, has morphed into a terrible one. I supported it when it was good, I oppose it now that it’s bad.