Transportation headlines, Friday, June 1

More bike lanes coming to a downtown L.A. street near you this summer. Photo by flickr user ubrayj02.

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.

The Bikeification of L.A.’s Civic Center Hits This June (Curbed L.A.)

Downtown L.A. got the first of many bike lanes, when the Spring Street green lane debuted earlier this year. The next batch of 2.6 miles of lanes is on its way this month. Expect to see lanes on Main Street between Ninth and Cesar Chavez, an east-west link on First Street connecting Grand to San Pedro Street, as well as lanes traveling up Los Angeles Street right to Union Station’s front door. H/T also to the BIKAS blog.

Second suit against Westside Subway Extension (Beverly Hills Patch)

The city of Beverly Hills on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Metro, alleging the project’s environmental study was inadequate. The Beverly Hills Unified School District filed a similar lawsuit on Wednesday.

Downtown L.A. park to open this summer (L.A. Times)

When you’re pedaling around downtown this summer, be sure to check out the newly revamped Civic Center park, which spreads over three city blocks between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and City Hall. Or, if biking isn’t your thing, you can take the Metro Red or Purple Lines to the Civic Center Station; it’ll drop you off right smack in the middle of the park.

Bill Rosendahl: Mobility is Westside L.A.’s priority one! (The Planning Report)

This interview with Westside City Councilman Bill Rosendahl touches on a number of interesting subjects including: why traffic is particularly bad on the Westside (in part, lots of jobs) and what Measure R can do to give people additional travel options to the Westside’s jobs, health care, education and entertainment options — not to mention LAX.

Making rural transit work (D.C. Streetsblog)

This is about a week old, but I missed it the first time around and it deserves a look. Writer Angie Schmitt delves into a report from transit advocacy group Reconnecting America on the lessons we can learn from rural communities that are successfully providing public transit — and thus, a basic level of access for those in rural communities who cannot or chose not to drive. After reviewing the success stories, Schmitt distills it to this: “What all the success stories have in common is coordination — between metropolitan planning organizations, area agencies serving the elderly, healthcare providers and other stakeholders. The other thing they share is an understanding of local travel patterns.”