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.
More than 12,000 citations have been mailed to motorists who used the ExpressLanes on the 110 without the required FasTrak transponders since the lanes opened on Nov. 10. At this point, motorists are just being asked to pay the tolls they owed; after Dec. 10, they’ll be hit with a fine. Metro is also including information with the citations on how motorists can order a transponder. In other news, the ExpressLanes are giving motorists a bang for their buck. In peak hours, average speeds are 58 mph in the southbound lanes and 63 mph in the northbound lanes.
Good story looking at some of the early work being done by American car manufacturers, who must double the fuel efficiency of their fleets by 2025. One big focus: using lighter materials to shave weight of vehicles, including the poundage of some serious pickup trucks. The improved emissions, more mass transit and a reduction in short trips because more people are walking and/or cycling in well-planned communities has the potential to seriously improve air quality in So Cal.
Villaraigosa to department heads: it’s time to work together on TOD planning (L.A. Streetsblog)
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last week issued an executive directive to create a new TOD cabinet to get city departments working together on creating more transit-oriented develops. Streetsblog Editor Damien Newton says the cabinet has the potential to be a turning point in the city’s planning history. Maybe. I think the biggest obstacle is finding developers interested in building TODs. Many rail stations — including some busy ones — have failed to attract developments that actually happen. I’m talking to you, Vermont/Beverly, Highland Park and the Blue Line!
Sharrows are not a bike plan (Systemic Failure)
This post — which I completely agree with — argues that putting sharrows on streets really doesn’t do much for cyclists. It does, however, make it look like something is being done for cyclists. Big difference.
Top Twitter feeds for 2012 (Planetizen)
Like many other top lists for 2012 now being published, this one ignores the fact that there are 12 months in the year and still two days remaining in month No. 11. Whatever. The list gives shout outs to feeds concentrating on urban issues, including transportation. And a local is included: Gary Kavanaugh, who frequently posts at L.A. Streetsblog.
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