Transportation headlines, Monday, Jan. 10

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.

Metro, High-Speed Rail Group May Buy Union Station (Los Angeles Downtown News)

Metro and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) are currently in negotiations with the owners of Union Station to buy the historic station which currently serves as a hub for the Metro Red, Purple and Gold Lines as well as many Metro bus lines. Union Station was recently sold to a Texas investment firm TPG Capital who will turn around and sell the property to Metro and CHSRA. No details on plans for the station beyond the need to make it run better.

L.A. crews begin repairing thousands of potholes (L.A. Times)

Winter rains have worsened L.A.’s pothole problem and the city is scrambling to patch them up. There’s a to-do list of 10,000 to 15,000 potholes to fix, but increased furlough days for city street crews due to a $350-million budget deficit make that number even more of a challenge than it already seems.

China Eyes A Piece Of California’s High-Speed Rail Pie (AltTransport)

China is among eight countries vying for a chance to build and operate California’s high-speed rail system. China is the current home of the world’s largest high speed rail system and because of this has a wealth of knowledge on building and operating these types of system. Comb that with its current financial stability and China may have an advantage in the race to build California’s rails.