Transportation headlines, Tuesday, March 1

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.

L.A. City Council expected to pass ambitious bike plan (L.A. Times)

The plan would add more than 1,600 miles of bike lanes and routes in the city of Los Angeles — with more than 200 in each of the next five years. But, as one council member notes, it will be up to the city to be vigilant to actually do the work, as the city has a sky-high pile of plans that were never implemented. One thing that should help: 10 percent of the Measure R local return funds received by Los Angeles are scheduled to go to the bike plan. Here’s a good piece at Grist explaining how more cycling could improve the American economy.

Big Blue Bus contemplating future Expo Line (Santa Monica Lookout)

Santa Monica’s bus agency is holding six public meetings to discuss what service changes may be needed when the Expo Line is finished (which is scheduled for 2015). It’s good to see them thinking way ahead of the game, as buses will be key to help people get to and from the train stations. I’m interested, in particular, to see how Santa Monica connects the train to destinations such as Santa Monica City College and Main Street.

Can Silicon Valley workers be lured out of their cars? (GOOD)

The local bus agency pondered that question and recently announced 20 express buses will be “equipped with wi-fi,  comfortable reclining seats, and bike racks. Other amenities that may be included are storage areas, tray tables, and cup holders.” Fares are also going up to pay for it. And the buses may reach deeper into more affluent neighborhoods, too. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.