Transportation headlines, Monday, Aug. 6

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 orRSS feed.

Special Metro Board meeting discussing Measure R amendment (StreetsBlog LA)

The Metro Board meeting is currently underway. Under discussion today is a Measure R amendment that could allow a highway/transit funding swap. 

Slow road to Pasadena? (Daily News)

Caltrans wants to reduce the speed limit on the Pasadena Freeway from 55 to 45 mph. The goal is to make it safer and to “green up” the surrounding areas. Are safety and environmental concerns good enough reasons to slow us down a bit? What do you think? 

New late-night service gets a gold star from customers (Whittier Daily News)

A couple of comments on Metro’s new 2 a.m. late-night weekend service that went into effect July 27: “I’m ecstatic. This will make a huge difference. I’ll take the train a lot more.”  “It will help Old Pasadena for sure. It will entice a lot more people to stay later.” And “This one move I guarantee will cut the number of DUIs in half.” Wouldn’t that be great. 

Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe draws thousands to Coliseum (L.A. Times)

Tens of thousands gathered at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum yesterday to honor the symbol of the Catholic Church in what organizers called “the largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation.” And many took the new Metro Expo Line, which stops nearby.