TTI study says L.A. is top offender on fuel wasting list. So what else is new? (Wall Street Journal)
The Texas Transportation Institute reports (again) that Los Angeles is mired in traffic. No surprise there. What is somewhat interesting is that the report specifies we are responsible for 72 percent of all of the wasted gasoline in the U.S. I don’t know about you but to me that seems like a lot, considering our able competitors in New York and Chicago. Also something of a surprise is that the greatest L.A. waste offender is not our beloved 405 Carmageddon Corridor but a 27-mile section of the southbound 101. The good news, I supposed, is that we don’t qualify for the TTI “Reliably Unreliable” list. We rarely need to guess how long our daily commutes will be because traffic is reliably bad.
It’s not that they don’t like the new plan. LACBC is asking the County Planning Commission to make a few changes, including adding more miles of bike lanes and bike boulevards (aka bicycle friendly streets) before the plan moves to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for approval. There’s a meeting of the County Planning Commission tomorrow, Nov. 16, at which the plan will be discussed. LACBC is urging cyclists to ask the Commission to send the plan back to staff for revision. See the story for details.
FTA Deputy Administrator in Southern California to tout jobs and innovation in sustainable transportation (Federal Transit Administration)
Sustainability is the key word here as Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan joined officials from the SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms for launch of a new hydrogen-powered fuel-cell bus. I know it’s just one bus but it’s an example of green transportation which is, of course, the wave of the present as transit agencies convert their fleets to more eco friendly vehicles, such as Metro’s low-emission fleet of mostly CNG buses. One upshot is that new technology creation is what many experts say will ultimately pull us out of recession. As a small side benefit, it also produces what we are currently ravenous for: jobs.