Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Oct. 16

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.

West L.A. car dealership wants to build a T.O.D. (Curbed L.A.)

Martin Cadillac has been a fixture at Olympic and Bundy for decades. With the second phase of the Expo Line soon bringing transit to the neighborhood, the dealership seeks to build a transit-oriented development (“live, work, play”) to help people reduce the need to be in a car — while also retaining part of the auto dealership. Fascinating and great job with the video! As the saying goes, times change.

Berkeley street goes car free for a day (S.F. Streetsblog)

The East Bay city hosts its own CicLAvia event, shuttering 17 blocks of Shattuck Avenue on Sunday (about a mile). Turnout was estimated at 30,000 to 40,000, we can boast that our CicLAvia is in every way bigger.

Divergent opinions on Measure J (CityWatch)

Matthew Hetz argues for it, Damien Goodmon against.

How not to design a separated bike lane (Treehugger)

Contrasting Toronto to Montreal, the Hugger says the good bike lanes have big curbs that trucks won’t drive over. See the pics in the post.

Obama-backed battery maker files for bankruptcy (New York Times)

It’s the second battery-maker this year that received federal support to file bankruptcy papers, although many others remain in business. The Times says it wouldn’t be surprising if Mitt Romney uses the filing in his campaign while the U.S. Energy Department notes that the firm, A123, is selling its assets and that nationally and globally batteries for electric cars remains a growing market.

2 replies

  1. When I was stationed over in Japan many years ago, I really was struck at how auto makers like Toyota and Nissan could co-exist with the great mass transit systems they have.

    But if you look at it, it makes sense. Japan has automakers and they are consumers of vehicles as well. But they don’t use the car so often like we do. It’s more used for weekend vacations to hot springs, golfing trips with co-workers, or going out to purchase things in bulk at the malls in the suburbs. For everyday commuting and local shopping, they use mass transit.

    That’s the direction I hope LA can head to. We cannot get rid of cars 100%, but we can persuade people use cars more of a leisure thing. I think that’s what visionary dealerships like Martin’s is looking at: a mixed lifestyle like for LA where car ownership and mass transit co-exist.

  2. A car dealership that is forward looking enough to embrace fewer automobile trips. Wow, that is a change. Yes, they will make money, but still it is nice to see a company that thinks holisticly and not just reactionarily.