Transportation headlines, Tuesday, June 28

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.

Your carbon footprint isn’t small just because you take the subway (GOOD)

This short but tasty blog post explains that the amount of greenhouse gases generated by each person’s activities is a complex thing to calculate. A lot of it depends on not where you live, but on how much goods you consume and where they come from. That said, the post concedes that taking public transit is, in fact, a good way to reduce your carbon footprint, even if you have an electricity-sucking large TV in every room of your house.

Beverly Hills mayor writes a letter to Metro (Beverly Hills Patch)

Mayor Barry Brucker penned a short letter to Metro CEO Art Leahy saying that the Beverly Hills City Council may soon consider taking a position on the Westside Subway Extension project. Brucker says that public testimony before the Council is pushing them to oppose the entire project and possibly the 30/10 Initiative if an alignment is selected by the Metro Board that would tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. “Please review this new information and call me if I can further emphasize the seriousness of the City Council’s and the community’s resolve,” Brucker writes.

IRS bumps up mileage deductions (Washington Post)

Due to high gas prices, the feds say they’re bumping the mileage deductions for those who use their vehicles for business from 51 cents per mile to 55.5 cents. That, of course, means less money collected by the feds for all sorts of government activities. Including transportation.

L.A. can’t afford to neglect its pedestrians and cyclists (NRDC blog)

The NRDC’s Adrien Martinez writes that he was disappointed to read about $176 million of Measure R money that Metro intends to spend on South Bay road improvements. He also says that he doesn’t anything specific about the improvements, but he thinks they are being pushed by the construction industry and their lobbyists. Okay. He might have added the projects were also approved by the 68 percent of county voters who voted for Measure R.