Transportation headlines, Monday, March 26

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 Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Opinion: Expo Line to fill a gap (L.A. Times)

Editorial staffer Dan Turner gives his early review of the Expo Line based on Friday’s media ride. The gist of it: fast in some places, slow in others, doesn’t quite reach the ‘true’ Westside yet but will probably be very useful for those seeking to avoid the Santa Monica Freeway, one of the busiest roads in the nation.

 City of Los Angeles’ signal sync program nears completion (Daily News)

The three-decade effort is almost done, say city transportation officials who have been piece-mealing the system together project-by-project. No, it won’t solve traffic and a little skepticism in this article would have been appropriate. But officials hope it will help take the edge off and reduce pollution caused by vehicles stopping and started more than they should.

A chart used by Sen. Bingaman showing that gas prices tend to fluctuate similarly across six European nations and the U.S.

High gas prices mean it’s time to bring out the charts (Grist)

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) has made himself the chief explainer that high gas prices are the result of worldwide oil prices — not because any particular politician has turned off the gasoline spigot. In fact, oil production in the U.S. has increased markedly under President Obama, who like his predecessor has pushed for domestic drilling.

Text to driver: that’s my space (New York Times)

Nice rant/op-ed about people who amble up to their cars in parking lots, get behind the wheel and then proceed to sit there and thumb away on their cell phones while motorists wait for their space. Grrrrr….

Motorized rickshaw shows off power of Denver Zoo (Denver Post)

The zoo purchased a rickshaw from Thailand and turned it into a hybrid vehicle that runs on zoo garbage, including a certain elephant by-product. Yes, that by-product. And the Post has video!


2 replies

  1. Steve,

    RE: LA’s signal sync program. Are Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood also involved in this program? If not, it seems like this syncing wouldn’t really matter. Some of the worst traffic in LA is on or near the borders of these cities.


  2. The one thing which I noticed immediately about Senator Bingaman’s chart was that one of those lines is considerably LOWER than all the others. Yup, that’s the line representing United States gas prices.

    We pay a lot less than other nations, but we pay for it in reduced tax revenue. Of course that means less money for high-speed rail, fewer miles of subway and fewer station entrances for those subway lines.

    We are not the winner in that particular trade off.