LaHood defends high-speed rail investments (Welcome to the Fast Lane blog)
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood takes exception with last week’s editorial in the Washington Post that criticized spending on high-speed rail as wasteful and unlikely to reap much in the way of benefits. LaHood says that now is the time to begin investing in a high-speed network that will be needed in coming decades and, in particular, says that it’s appropriate to launch construction of a segment of California’s bullet train project in the San Joaquin Valley.
Could Japan fund California’s bullet train? (California High-Speed Rail blog)
The Japanese ambassador to the U.S. recently said that he believes that Japan could fund up to half the cost of California’s high-speed rail project, although the list of loan terms would be a long one. The Japanese, of course, have some know-how when it comes to building and operating bullet trains — as well as companies who build the systems.
The four-lane road between the Santa Monica border and Windward Circle may be reduced from four lanes to two lanes and a bike lane added. That would be the same configuration found on Main Street in Santa Monica. At present, Main Street in the city of L.A. has no bike lane and has more car lanes than its counterpart in Santa Monica. Surprised?
In Vancouver, transit riders familiar with bulky items (TransLink Buzzer Blog)
A poll on the transit agency’s blog reveals that 83 percent of riders in the Vancouver area had at some time or another had to carry a big bulky item on board a train or bus. Among the more interesting items were furniture, large paintings and a coffin.
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