Transportation headlines, Monday, April 23

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.

Clear the tracks, Beverly Hills (L.A. Times)

A long editorial takes the stance that Metro staff were correct in recommending a Century City station at the intersection of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars for the Westside Subway Extension, even if it means tunneling under parts of the Beverly Hills High School campus. The paper opines that Beverly Hills’ objections have “little merit” and that both the subway and this particular station are smart moves from a planning perspective and that delays brought by legal actions would be a slap in the face of the nearly 68 percent of L.A. County voters who in 2008 supported the Measure R half-cent sales tax hike to help fund the subway project.

Beverly Hills Council requests public hearing on subway project (Beverly Hills Patch)

At a special session on Sunday evening, the Council voted unanimously to request a special hearing on the Westside Subway Extension project under a little-used provision of the Public Utility Code. The Metro Board of Directors is scheduled to consider the subway’s Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report at their meeting on Thursday and will discuss the request at that time.

Breakdowns and delays vex Blue Line riders (L.A. Times)

The article looks at the problems on the Blue Line this year — twice as many trips in January and February were delayed or cancelled in 2012 than in the first two months of 2011. The delays are put in the bigger issue of deferred maintenance and what Metro and other agencies are doing about it (short answers: investing a lot of money trying to catch up). If you missed it, here’s a post on a Metro staff report on issues impacting the Blue Line and here’s an earlier Source post looking at the Metro employees who are charged with overhauling Blue Line rail cars to keep them rolling.

Italy launches private high-speed rail train (AFP)

The private train between Rome and Naples is part-owned by Ferrari — seriously — and boasts a dark red color. Nice!

The view from near Glacier Point in Yosemite -- from left that's Half Dome and Vernal and Nevada falls. Photo by Steve Hymon, via Flickr.

Yosemite high country roads begin to reopen (Yosemite N.P. website)

Road openings each spring are usually a reflection of how much snowpack there was the previous winter — the snowpack was 43 percent of normal in Yosemite as of April 1. That’s the reason that Glacier Point Road opened on Friday with plows making big-time progress on Tioga Pass Road, which allows access to the park from Lee Vining in the Eastern Sierra. Glacier Point Road opened May 27 in 2011 and Tioga Road on June 18. Reminder: Yosemite is served by park shuttles, the regional YARTs bus (which includes stops in Mammoth Lakes), Greyhound and Amtrak buses that connect with the San Joaquin train. More info here.