A study in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, found that children born to families living within 1,000 feet of a freeway were twice as likely to have autism. The researchers declined to say that freeway proximity and air pollution cause higher autism rates, in part because they had no way to measure how much pollution pregnant mothers were exposed to. A slew of chemicals in exhaust are known to cause birth defects, but the study’s authors indicated that more research will need to be done to establish a direct link between air pollutants and autism
CA Mayors Ask Sen. Barbara Boxer for a 21st century transpo system (DC Streetsblog)
California’s cities are speaking up and they want more transit. With Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN) leaving Congress at the end this session — he chaired the House’s Transportation committee and lost his reelection bid last month — transportation advocates are turning to Boxer to take the lead. As the head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Boxer will likely be a key figure in drafting the next federal surface transportation bill. She previously voiced strong support for including financing for 30/10 in that bill.
Gold Line Foothill Extension website gets a revamp (Arcadia’s Best)
Change is afoot in the foothill commute. As construction of the Gold Line extension to Azusa gets ready to launch, the Construction Authority has deployed a new website that will help keep residents up to date on the line’s progress. The website features pages dedicated to every community along the Foothill Extension, with information about what the new stations will look like and plans for new transit oriented development.
In case you missed it, Zipcar is coming to five locations on a street near you in Hollywood. Here’s an update on the new locations:
Zipcar will have five pods of two cars located in Hollywood, including locations on Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue, as well as at the intersections of Hollywood Boulevard and North Western Avenue, Wilcox Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, North Highland Avenue and Yucca Street and at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue.