Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Dec. 22

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.

Taming the mean streets: A talk with NYC transportation chief Janette Sadik-Khan (Grist)

Grist writer Sarah Goodyear has a great interview with New York City’s transportation reformer in chief. Livable streets advocates have lauded Sadik-Khan for her efforts to enhance the experience of pedestrians and bicyclists on the city’s streets, while her critics accuse her being on an anti-car vendetta. If you’re wondering what advice she might have for L.A., Sadik-Khan says, “if we can make it work here, you can make it work almost anywhere. My advice is to be bold.”

Expo Line Phase 2 Gets Judge’s blessing, but neighbors vow to appeal (LA Weekly)

In case you missed it, LA Weekly has a recap of the tentative court decision in favor of Phase 2 of the Expo Line. Going forward, the Expo Construction Authority will now select a contractor to design and build the line that will continue west from the Phase 1 terminus in Culver City, ultimately connecting downtown L.A. to Santa Monica largely along a former Pacific Electric Red Car right-of-way.

A Few More Expo Quick Hits: At LA Streetsblog, Damien Newton explains why the presiding judge will have to review another case before issuing his final decision and why he believes Expo will prevail in a lawsuit brought against the project.  Also, the BuildExpo website has a new look, including nice interactive features which provide a glimpse of the design of future stations.

Downtown’s Union Station being sold to Texans (Curbed LA, via Bloomberg)

It may come as a surprise, but Union Station was not in fact owned by the County of Los Angeles or Metro.  Originally owned by private rail interests, the iconic transit hub is now changing hands between two holding companies, with ProLogis selling the property to the Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG Capital.

Bloomberg offers this tidbit about the buyer: “TPG Capital is the global buyout group of TPG, an investment company with more than $48 billion of assets under management…TPG is run by billionaire David Bonderman.”