Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Nov. 14

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.

How L.A.’s first toll road could help reduce traffic (KCET So Cal Connected)

A nice look at the new ExpressLanes on the 110 freeway.

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ExpressLanes open on the 110; media finds grumbling but not hysteria (L.A. Streetsblog)

Editor Damien Newton provides some nice perspective on the ExpressLanes, pointing out that solo drivers now have an option to buy a congestion-free commute — an option not previously on the table. He says that carpoolers have a legitimate complaint because they need to get a transponder to use the lanes for free — but he says that will likely prove to be a minor annoyance. In short, similar lanes have been a lot more controversial in other regions than they have been here. Interesting.

From the Valley to downtown by bike (L.A. Times)

In this op-ed, long-time Los Angeles River activist Lewis MacAdams lauds a deal between the L.A. City Council and NBC Universal that will provide space for one mile of bike path between Universal Studios and the river. That’s good, but MacAdams says it’s only a step toward what should be the larger goal: working with other private interests and the city to complete a bike path from downtown L.A. to the San Fernando Valley via the river.

4 replies

  1. Oooo…. this sounds like a terrible idea. I agree with Zeke, definitely a way to make more money.

  2. Since the Fastrack has opened the traffic on 110 has gotten WORSE! More congestion, longer commutes, more cars pushed out of the HOT lanes…but, hey, there is money to be made so that probably doesn’t really matter to city officials. Thanks for making an already dire commute even worse Los Angeles!

  3. Gotta get this autoplay video off the page… it plays when you’re not even looking at this post because it’s on the main Source page for now.