Transportation headlines, Friday, May 18

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.


If you're in the Big Bear or Antelope Valley today, check out the Amgen Tour of California. Tomorrow's stage runs from Ontario to Mt. Baldy before the Beverly Hills to downtown L.A. final stage on Sunday.

Beverly Hills threatens legal action over Westside Subway Extension (L.A. Times)

The library’s blog has the long list of coverage of Thursday’s hearing requested by Beverly Hills on the route the subway will take in Beverly Hills and Century City. This story does a good job of covering the basics of the dispute for those without advanced degrees in geology.

There is also good coverage of a few particular exchanges during the hearing at Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky’s blog. There is also a good roundup of different views at L.A. Streetsblog.

El Sereno residents review 710 gap closure concepts (EGP News)

Coverage of the recent community meeting in El Sereno to review concepts being discussed to improve traffic in the area near the gap in the 710 between Pasadena and Alhambra. Among the options are extending the freeway or light rail. We’ll be putting the presentation online soon.

Members of Congress urge Metro to fund Gold Line to Claremont with Measure R extension (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

The letter was written by Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena). As we posted yesterday, Metro CEO Art Leahy said that the original Measure R was ambiguous about whether the Foothill Extension project was defined as going to Azusa — the segment now being built — or all the way to Claremont, as is being planned by the Foothill Extension Construction Authority. Leahy said a decision about the funding of the Claremont segment by a Measure R extension (if that even occurs) will ultimately be made by the Board of Directors.

A new choice in personal mobility? The seated scooter (Grist)

How do you steer it? With your rear end, apparently. Grist has some fun with this device from Honda, suggesting it’s for those too lazy to ride a Segway.

2 replies

  1. I’ve got to admit, as long as the Gold Line Extension is being done – something I don’t think is a good usage of public money, measure R or not – Claremont makes much more sense than Azusa as a terminus. At least in Claremont there is a large student population as well as an academic jobs center.

  2. It would be a real shame for the Gold Line to be stalled in Azusa just because of regional bias. Contrary to what people in West LA believe, the San Gabriel Valley wants quality public transit and is ready and waiting to get it from the *countywide* transit agency.

    Also, that personal scooter, in profile, is one paint job away from looking like a penguin lol