Transportation headlines, Tuesday, June 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.

Measuring the odds for Measure R+ (L.A. Streetsblog)

Editor Damien Newton provides a good overview of who might be for extending Measure R, who might be against and how the whole debate fits into the national political scene. The Metro Board of Directors is scheduled Thursday to consider whether to ask voters to extend the half-cent sales tax beyond its 2039 expiration date.

Google brings free wi-fi to some NYC subway stations (New York Times)

The wi-fi will be free at six stations through early September. At that point, sponsorships could extend the free service or, perhaps, it could be made available to those who subscribe to Boingo Wireless, the wi-fi subscriber.

Subway debate turns nasty, uncivil (Beverly Hills Patch)

Putting aside the under-stated headline, this is the second of two opinion pieces by a Beverly Hills resident who backs the Westside Subway Extension and the route chosen by the Metro Board of Directors. The accompanying comments on the first of his commentaries offer a pretty good sampling of views from Beverly Hills including a debate on whether Metro is a “Kafka-esque” agency.

Caltech bicyclists seek east-west route (Pasadena Star News)

The city of Pasadena put a bike lane on .6 miles of Cordova Street in 2010 but it may take another year or two before the bike lanes are extended all the way into downtown Pasadena. The city also has a new bike plan that it will implement over the next 10 years (no hurry, I guess!). In the meantime, residents are stuck with an amazingly poor bike network that designates some extremely busy east-west streets as bike corridors for no apparent reason — well, perhaps it gave some pencil pusher something to do.

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  1. The skepticisim about Measure R makes little sense I feel. When things about our needs changing in 50 years. To me that is true in all facets of society. 50 years ago, the freeways were the gateway to fast transit and access, the difference is that Metro is not lobbying to have them all torn down to gain ridership. I feel that once Measure R projects are done, we will have a system that is permanent (Look at New York’s investment). In 2008, I voted for better transit. I am slowly but surely seeing the results. To have these projects expidited is a big plus. The only way we will be able to truly see how the dynamic of our city will change is to build these projects, and see how we behave after they are built. The current vision seems to cover all grounds in my opinion and I see much logic in the way things have been proposed.