Transportation headlines, Thursday, Sept. 20

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.

Bike to the future for Carmageddon II (ZevWeb) 

A good roundup of the bike rides available around town during Carmageddon II weekend on Sept. 29-30, along with all the links. We’ll also post more about some of the rides next week.

710 tunnel could be health hazard (La Canada Valley Sun)

Impacts on air quality are the latest topic of conversation at a community meeting for the SR 710 project. Metro says that any tunnel built would have a ventilation system as well as scrubbers to help remove pollutants — and that a tunnel would likely help remove idling vehicles from local streets and help keep traffic moving.

Fewer Americans commuting solo (USA Today) 

The number of people driving alone to work dropped slightly in 2011 from 2010, likely due to gas prices and a tough economy. Transit use and carpooling rose in about a third of the 342 metro areas analyzed by USA Today, but there’s no mention of the L.A. metro area.

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  1. Can you point us to the specifications for the suggested ‘scrubber’ system. Even if the system is a net positive (regionwide) for air polution, it can still be a negative and a hazard near the exhaust vent. It becomes a point source and could have higher emissions than currently exist in the area. Also, PM10’s and hydrocarbons could be scrubbed out, but SOx, NOx, CO, and CO2 are harder to scrub. Increased CO2 in an area can be a problem.