Transportation headlines, Friday, August 10

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.

Nearly 2,500 drivers hit with Olympics Lanes violations (The Independent)

The 30 miles of lanes were introduced in London to help move fans, athletes and Olympic officials around town. For the most part, other motorists have been staying out of the lanes at the times they’re restricted, but apparently not everyone can resist the temptation.

Gridlock on Avenue 64 (Pasadena Weekly)

West Pasadena residents aren’t happy with any proposals from Metro to possibly link the 210 and 710 freeways, saying even discussing it could harm real estate values. The 710 gap project is funded by Measure R and a number of alternatives for improving traffic in the gap are being studied, with the ideas ranging from a freeway tunnel to improved transit in the area.

$1 gas tax? One auto dealer says ‘yes!’ (National Journal)

Monrovia auto dealer Peter Hoffman is taking a stance unusual for his business: he would like to a see a $1 gas tax imposed in order to make the price of gasoline more predictable. In his view, a more predictable price would give increased comfort to both consumers and automakers about what type of cars to buy and produce — in this case, cars that are fuel efficient. At present, consumers are all over the place — buying fuel efficient cars when gas prices go up and gravitating to SUVs when it drops. Great article.

4 replies

  1. Actual, Richard and Someone have hit on 2 related things.
    South Pasadena, the city and the residents, have concerns about the tunnel.
    The current plans would have 3 vents each about 100 feet high in South Pasadena. An actively vented tunnel is safe. There are plenty of tunnels that long elsewhere.
    The concerns that SP have are twofold: the 100 foot tall towers would be about the tallest things in town (there is only one building that is 10 stories tall) and the towers would be point sources for the pollution coming from the tunnel (with all of the car and truck exhaust).

    • Hi Just a Person;

      There are no current plans to build 100-foot tall vents for a tunnel in South Pasadena. Period. I don’t know who is saying that, but it is incorrect. The current studies underway are new — after Measure R was approved by voters in 2008, Metro started over with a new set of studies to determine what, if anything, may improve traffic caused by the gap in the 710 freeway. A tunnel is one of the alternatives being studied along with traffic and road improvements and transit improvements. There are no designs for such a tunnel.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. If you’re gonna build a tunnel for that long, what if I get stuck? I could DIE IN THERE! Carbon Monoxide People!

  3. Why does anyone object to the 710-210 tunnel? It’s clearly the best solution, the highway equivalent of the Regional Connector.