The headline says it all. Drivers, this summer prepare yourself for some sticker shock at the pump as gas prices are expected to hit $5 by the end of August. Currently the average price of a gallon of gas in L.A. is $4.04. Experts say the spike in fuel costs is due to anxiety from Wall Street investors over turmoil in the Middle East.
Last Friday the Federal Railroad Administration released the final environmental impact report for the $6-billion DesertXpress that would provide high-speed rail service between Victorville, CA, and Las Vegas. The trip would take 85 minutes – about half the time of the best-case car trip – and tracks would run along the 15 freeway. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is really pushing the job creation benefits of this line — although there are still big funding challenges ahead:
“Just think about the possibility. Factory workers building electric-powered trains. Engineers laying new track. Conductors, operators and ticket-takers helping passengers speed to their destinations. Americans of every trade advancing down the track to a better future.”
Ken Alpern of the Transit Coalition tackles the bus versus rail rhetoric that has been brought up recently in light of Metro’s planned bus service cuts. Alpern sees it as a manufactured argument and notes that rail riders and bus riders are the same people – citizens looking to go from point A to point B. Alpern believes buses compliment rail in much the same way that surface streets compliment freeways and that developing both efficiently is best for everyone.
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