Transportation headlines, Friday, September 30

An artist's rendering of the proposed Colorado Esplanade. Photo via City of Santa Monica.

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.

Pedestrians going to get in the way of all the cars at Santa Monica’s planned Colorado esplanade (Curbed LA)

For the uninitiated, that headline is Curbed in its peak sarcastic form. The article is a good synthesis of a couple stories that examine how Santa Monica is going to connect the Expo Phase II terminus to local destinations — the pier, 3rd Street Promenade and downtown businesses. The plan, in short, is to convert a stretch of Colorado Avenue into a pedestrian-oriented esplanade, to better accommodate the hundreds of Expo riders who will be disembarking. But the plan would likely involve reducing traffic lanes, which has some worried about where the cars and buses will go.

Rapid bus service project unveiled in San Bernardino (KABC)

BRT is coming to San Bernardino in the form of a 16-mile, 16-station project known as the E Street SBX line. When it opens in 2014, the line will connect the city of San Bernardino to Loma Linda at each end. Important stops along the way include Cal State San Bernardino and a downtown S.B. intermodal transit center, home to a future Metrolink extension. The project is funded in part by a Small Starts grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Here’s a glossy PDF with more information.

The right track for transportation (Governing)

In this op-ed Harvard researcher Charles Chieppo argues that Los Angeles’ 30/10 plan represents an intelligent approach to funding major infrastructure projects. He contrasts the 30/10 plan to the recent history of transit expansion in Boston, which was driven mainly by debt without the necessary revenues in place.