Transportation headlines, Wednesday, May 16

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.

California bullet train chief seeks environmental exemptions (Los Angeles Times)

California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard is hoping to obtain exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other state environmental laws that could further delay the project’s construction. Some Central Valley growers are among those gearing up for a legal battle against the Authority. In the past, the Chairman has said the Authority would not seek an outright exemption from state or federal environmental laws.

All aboard for NoHo Depot restoration (Los Angeles Daily News)

The Daily News reports on the progress of Metro’s work restoring the century-old Lankershim train station in North Hollywood. With 100-plus years of lead-based paint and asbestos shingles that need to be removed, Metro is working to preserve as much of the original structure as possible. The environmental cleanup phase is expected to be completed by the end of May.

An electrifying freight solution on the 710? Siemens working on it (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles is considering a new electric freight trucking system that uses overhead electrical wires to power the vehicles. The system known as eHighway operates like modern-day streetcars and some electric buses. With freight trucks a leading source of vehicle emissions, the technology might help Los Angeles reduce emissions on its major trucking routes. Siemens is working to implement a pilot project along the 710, a major route for moving freight between the ports of Long Beach and L.A. and inland destinations.