Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Dec. 5

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.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer recovering (KPCC) 

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now — Feuer was injured after a SUV ran a red light and struck his vehicle. Sounds like Assemblyman Feuer will be okay, which we’re all very relieved to hear. Feuer shepherded the legislation that made Measure R possible through the Legislature in 2008 and he also sponsored the legislation to get Measure J on the ballot. He has been a very good friend of public transit while representing his Westside district and we wish him a very speedy recovery.

LaHood may be sticking around (Politico) 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster that for the time being he will remain in his current job. There had been rumors swirling that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could be a candidate for the post if LaHood stepped aside although like most Washington rumors, it’s unclear where they’re coming from.

Downtown L.A. streetcar: next stop, Washington (blogdowntown) 

Streetcar organizers and proponents say now that downtown residents have created a new tax district, they’ll be asking the federal government to pay for the other half of the line. Nothing’s guaranteed, they say, but lobbying should be intense. As far as streetcar grants go, L.A.’s will likely be one of the larger asks of the feds.

Looking back at historic streetcars on Broadway (Primary Resources) 

Great post from Metro’s Transportation Library and Archive on the history of streetcars on Broadway — including many other fine pics such as the one above.

Controversial HOT lanes spread nationally (USA Today) 

A pretty thin story, but it points out that the ExpressLanes that opened last month in Los Angeles are just one of many similar projects that have opened or are in the planning stages across the country.

Last stop for Track 16 (KCRW Which Way L.A.?)

The well-known gallery at Bergamot Station is losing its space to make room for a future Expo Line station.

3 replies

  1. “Feuer was injured after a SUV ran a red light and STRUCK HIS VEHICLE…He has been a very good FRIEND OF PUBLIC TRANSIT”

    A real friend of public transit wouldn’t be on a private vehicle to begin with. So much for local politicians taking public transit to work. Now you know why we have poor public transit in this city . Our politicians don’t use them, they drive their own cars to get around, hence they don’t know what’s wrong with it.

  2. Metro platforms have a safe zone under the platform, unlike many older New York stations

  3. With the horrific news about an assailant pushing the victim off the platform to his death on an oncoming train, will Metro be installing double doors to the Red Line stations to prevent things like that from happening here?

    Or do we again, have a severe lack of funds to do this as well?