Transportation headlines, Monday, Oct. 22

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.

Bakersfield City Council takes first step toward bullet train lawsuit (Bakersfield Now)

The Council voted last week to hire an attorney to sue the California High-Speed Rail Authority because its environmental studies for the bullet train project allegedly do not meet the requirements for state law. There are currently three different routes proposed for the train in the Bakersfield area and the Council said it has a number of concerns about mitigations for the project. Of course, the first segment of the project that is supposed to be constructed runs from Madera (near Fresno) to Bakersfield and it seems a lawsuit could likely impact that.

Foes of transit tax face uphill battle (L.A. Times)

In this news story, The Times likens opponents of Measure J are cast as “David” and supporters are called “well-heeled” and “Goliaths.”

OCTA considering 405 toll lane plan today (O.C. Register)

The staff recommended plan would convert existing carpool lanes to tolled express lanes between the L.A. County Line and the 73. A Board committee last month registered their opposition and the big decision by the OCTA Board comes today. I'll update this post when I know how it all went down.