Transportation headlines, Wednesday, June 27

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.

Grand Park to open in late July (ZevWeb)

The first two blocks of the new Grand Park — between Grand Avenue and Hill Streets — will open to the public on Saturday, July 28. The other two blocks between Hill and Spring streets will open in late summer or early fall. The park literally has a subway stop right underneath it, the Civic Center station serving the Red and Purple lines.

Work begins on first Expo Line-adjacent mixed-use in Culver City (CurbedLA)

Buildings have been cleared on the southeast corner of Washington and National to make way for new market-rate apartments and commercial space adjacent to the new Culver City station. Residents will get a year’s worth of passes to the Expo Line to encourage use, but the building will also have two levels of underground parking to appease neighbors who fretted that a residential building without enough parking would increase parking pressure on their streets.

Proposal to extend Measure R: lots of unanswered questions (CityWatch)

This long and somewhat meandering article hits on many of the questions that will likely surface at tomorrow’s Metro Board meeting about whether to ask voters to extend the Measure R sales tax to accelerate transit and road projects. Specifically, writer Ken Alpern points to uncertain project timelines and the big question of which, if any, future non-Measure R projects could be funded.